International Medical Relief (IMR) is a registered 501(c)(3) medical organization with NGO status based in the United States. We provide mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education to underserved communities in 40 countries around the world.
IMR offers short-term assignments for volunteer medical professionals and dental professionals, students, and non-medical volunteers to conduct medical and dental clinics that provide free, expert care and health education in areas where it is limited or difficult to obtain.
- We make all arrangements for our volunteers, including transportation, lodging/meals, government permits, and clinic logistics.
- We secure equipment, supplies, and medicines from within the United States through partnerships with pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, hospitals, and other health and development organizations.
- We provide our services without compensation or discrimination, and irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political affiliation.
IMR was founded on the belief that knowledge of basic health facts and access to healthcare should not be the prerogative of select nations, regions, or classes, but should be shared by as many people as possible. We undertake our work to include some of the millions of people who have been excluded from today’s healthcare systems worldwide.
IMR contributes to the world’s communities by improving the overall health and wellness of the people via medical diagnosis and treatment, partnerships with local medical designees, community training, and fostering the principles of prevention.
OUR MISSION: To provide access to health care in underserved and vulnerable communities around the world to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those populations most in need.
OUR VISION: To be the preeminent global nonprofit health provider that will create, sustain, and enhance global community health status by providing compassionate, responsive, and high quality services.
International Medical Relief promotes the well-being of underdeveloped communities through a comprehensive continuum of services provided in collaboration with partners. These services are accomplished through three main functions of the organization:
HEALTH CARE SERVICES
IMR provides free health care services, medicines, and supplies to entire communities, particularly to community members who are sick or frail, especially poor, or at great risk of ill health and disease. To foster community interaction and development, we begin each clinic with team members’ introduction to community leaders and members and proceed through pre-arranged logistics. Locations for clinic can vary from community hospitals to small clinics, health posts, temporary areas set up in a village, or even in individual homes reached by trekking from village to village for house calls. We work with our hosts and the local Ministry of Health to determine the best way to reach the most vulnerable and those most in need.
Education is as important as medical and dental care for our patients. Each clinic includes basic health education according to the specialties and skills of the IMR volunteers, as well as the needs of the local people. When communities become empowered to take health and wellness issues into their own hands, they become self-sufficient. IMR provides learning opportunities for the local communities through classes and hands-on learning to sustain their well-being beyond our visit.
The efficiency of our organization is among the top worldwide, as only 1.5% of our costs are dedicated to our general and administrative expenses. The funds we raise for our programs are dedicated to those programs and their success. We host a fundraising portal on the IMR website for our volunteers that puts them in the driver’s seat for securing donations to cover the cost of their trip. IMR volunteers can set personal fundraising goals; the paperwork of getting the donation letters and receipts to those volunteers is all handled by IMR.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH SCHOOLS
IMR desires to establish long-term partnerships with universities; schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing; and other educational organizations. We want administrators to feel comfortable and confident in sending students on IMR clinicals abroad each year, knowing we will provide the same turnkey solutions each time to meet your school’s requirements. We welcome students on our trips as individuals, as a group, or as a class and pride ourselves on the excellent care our professional team leaders and ground staff provide our teams. Learn more about our Study Abroad programs for students.
ABOUT THE IMR PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Shauna Vollmer King began taking medical teams to developing countries in 2000 and founded International Medical Relief in 2002. IMR establishes international medical, dental and surgical clinic programs with governments throughout the world and their respective ministries of health and trade offices. IMR recruits medical teams, makes all logistical arrangements for team, clinic and medicine procurement, oversees fundraising, and directs all clinic programs.
King brings expertise and knowledge to this position through her master of public administration with a finance emphasis from The American University, Graduate School of Public Affairs, as well as a master health care management emphasis from the George Washington University, School of Health Services Management and Policy Institute, Washington, DC. She received a bachelor of arts in political science from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Before founding IMR, Shauna served in an executive management position for Centura Health, a $1.5 billion company, where she oversaw all statewide charitable community health and outreach activities with a budget totaling over 74 million dollars annually. She administered all doctor volunteer opportunities and disaster relief programs. Additionally, she oversaw and provided development for all of the system’s 50 statewide boards with over 500 board members throughout the system.
As part of her work in the health care industry, Shauna’s background includes state and federal health care legislative experience as well as serving on two major Colorado health care boards.
Shauna and her husband, Yale, have five boys and reside in Colorado.