Since our inception, Imamia Medics International has been providing a voice for health workers, patients and our diverse membership. Complementing customary international principles of medical neutrality, IMI’s vision of serving humanity not only underlies our direct medical work, but also the advocacy we engage in.
Access to quality healthcare
IMI advocates for affordable access to quality healthcare to ensure that quality care is made available to all without regard to economic status. Unfortunately, across the world, 1.3 billion people have no access to affordable and effective health care. 93% of the world´s disease burden is born by low and middle-income countries, yet account for only 18% of world income and 11% of global health spending. IMI’s advocacy at all fora including the United Nations and its agencies highlights the need for healthcare and public health information to be made accessible to all socio-economic levels.
International Health Policy
In addition to promoting basic principles of effective and affordable access to quality care, IMI also highlights particular areas of concern. IMI’s Advocacy division has prepared and submitted statements on maternal and infant mortality as well as the rising epidemic of non-communicable diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancers. IMI also works with national and international partners to advocate for improved NCD health policies and their implementation mechanisms, as well as localized programs like cancer reduction through IMI’s Tobacco Cessation Taskforces.
You can read some of IMI’s Written Statements for UN entities here:
- Gender Equality and Health 2010
- Looking to the 2030 Agenda humanitarian emergencies risk to health CSW 60 2016
- Maternal Mortality IMI UN ECOSOC HLS Statement 2010
- Saving Women’s Lives Ensuring Sustainable Development Through Health N1465417 2015
Protecting the Vulnerable
Alarmingly, the health sector, critical in humanitarian response and sustainable development, is itself increasingly under attack –especially in conflict zones where the greatest humanitarian and health needs are faced. The last few years have brought the very right to health and its sanctity under serious threat with targeted violence and indiscriminate attacks on health workers, patients, and health facilities.
Over the last two decades, IMI Chapters have regularly responded to the needs of health professionals, patients/injured, and our members (professional & associate) in crisis situations across the world, Bahrain, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, as well as highlighting health policies and the fundamental need for states to view access to quality healthcare as a human right for all—regardless of economic, social, religious or other status.
Violence in Pakistan
Since our inception, IMI has been providing services for victims and survivors of violence in Pakistan including emergency and continuing medical care, as well as fostering public awareness of the targeted killing of health workers and our membership and advocacy to challenge the religious intolerance and human rights abuses faced by vulnerable communities in Pakistan.
63rd United Nations Annual Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization ConferenceSponsors: Imamia Medics International, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Oxfam Australia, World Vision AustraliaTopic: “Strengthening humanitarian assistance in response to severe floods in Pakistan”
Inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, in early February of this year, the people of Bahrain started peaceful protests against the government of Bahrain. The government of Bahrain responded with a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protestors. Additional forces were also provided through Gulf Cooperation Council member states including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.