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.

Mission Statement

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

Mission Statement

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:

Protecting the Vulnerable

Mission Statement

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

Protecting the vulnerable: Violence in Pakistan

Mission Statement

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.

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Protecting the vulnerable: Pakistan Floods

Mission Statement

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”

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Protecting the vulnerable: Bahrain

Mission Statement

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.

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  • I graduated from medical college in Pakistan. Knowing I wanted to pursue a specialty in the US, I went through the routine process of studying for and clearing the USMLE's and becoming ECFMG certified. There are plenty of online forums that help you up to that stage. What happens after that and before you land a residency is something no one prepares you for. Even knowing a person who went through the process is not enough. I found the answers to all my questions about the process, its workings and methods at the IMI Career Guidance Seminar. I learnt more in the few hours I spent there than I did in months, yes months, of thorough research online and through the measly networking I was capable of as a foreign graduate. It is literally a live 'Medical Residency for Dummies', and you get great coffee and dinner to boot. I interacted with candidates like myself along with current residents, and doctors who are involved in hiring committees at hospitals. I learnt how to choose programs, how to strengthen my resume, what to seek and where, and even what to wear. I have a month before I apply, but after the seminar - I have more confidence in the 'how' of the process.  I walked in to the seminar hall a nervous wreck - armed with vague internet advice and the intimidation of an overwhelming process. I thought my average scores would filter me out of every hospital program - I left knowing I need to apply 'wisely', not 'widely'. I learnt how to identify and enhance my positives, and overcome my shortcomings. I understood how to streamline programs to apply to, how to contact them and the level of persistence to employ. I was made aware of the importance of and difference between clinical experience in the US and research experience, and how to add both to my resume. All this, and more, in just a few hours. I cannot stress enough the effects this seminar had on me. I am now realistic in my approach - versus the optimism fresh graduates tend to bring with them. You may choose not to believe me, but after the seminar I didn't just breathe a sigh of relief - I let slip a few tears as well. I knew what to do, how to do it and where to ask for assistance. 

    If InshAllah, I secure a residency in the upcoming match, I will owe the organizers and the speakers at the seminar more than they will take credit for. 

    Annie Agha
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