Our Mission is to Provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world. We work to accomplish our mission through three objectives: Access, Education, and Participation.
For many of us, finding access to medical care is not an issue we have to face on a regular basis. In more developed countries, our confrontations with accessing healthcare rarely extend past finding the right insurance plan, choosing the best medical facility, or fitting appointments into our schedules. When we have symptoms that cause unrest, there are resources available to do research, to be tested, and to be treated. In the communities in which we work, these circumstances are not regularly present.
Access to medical care is much more difficult to obtain in low-income countries, and available resources can vary greatly. Proper health facilities are sparse throughout communities, the training of health workers can be inadequate, and available treatment options are often limited. For children, medical consults usually require guardian attention, something that is harder to come by for underprivileged communities.
In 2014, we added another community to the list of sites we serve: Project La Merced in Peru. Through our work in Huancayo, Peru, we saw needs for the communities surrounding La Merced; needs we knew we could help address. Our mission remains constant in everything we do. Thus, our programs at Project La Merced have oriented around access, education, and participation. How we address each objective will continually improve over time; however, one key improvement we’d like to facilitate is providing access to testing and treating anemia – specifically for Peruvian children who have higher incidence rates of anemia.
On November 28th, 2017, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, FIMRC will participate in #GivingTuesday’s fundraising campaign. This year’s funds will go directly to purchasing Hemocue testing supplies to evaluate children for anemia, as well as provide vital education and resources to combat the problem. It is estimated that 1 in 3 Peruvian children have this condition, but without any available resources, symptoms will remain undiagnosed and untreated. We hope to change that. As we express gratitude for the resources we have access to in our own lives, the ability to give children access to medical care they are likely to require is a gratitude in itself