For your convenience, IMANA Medical Relief has answered your frequently asked questions below.
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The team is then briefed on the salient features of the mission and provided with guidebooks and other material to prepare for the trip. Team members book their flights while IMANA team coordinates logistics. If needed, we order medicines and supplies and send them to the team members for carrying along for the mission. IMANA covers any baggage costs incurred by team volunteers in the respect.
Please note that required travel documents vary by country. IMANA helps in obtaining any additional travel documents required by the host country, such as a travel visa. In that case you will be required to send the passport/application form/pictures/fee to us for getting it processed at the concerned embassy. We provide the guidance, however it is your responsibility to make sure your paperwork is in order.
In disaster relief trips, time is of the essence; hence the arrangements are made at short notice and could be basic and simple. Since we always collaborate with a local organization for such missions, there are never any major issues. Volunteers proceeding on disaster relief missions have to be ready to improvise and juggle as per the existing conditions.
At all of our mission sites, we arrange transportation and housing to maximize safety. We work with our host organization staff to ensure that you receive orientation upon arrival in-country. We constantly review our safety protocol to ensure that we are doing our best to keep you safe.
We work tirelessly to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable experience and that you’re able to focus on the mission work. Safety is a priority, you can rest assured!
Since ours are medical missions we also do not encourage brining along humanitarian supplies like blankets, clothes etc. We want to concentrate on delivering healthcare and any diversion takes away from the focus. Your friends and family may ask you to take along such stuff, politely advise them to donate money towards the cause instead. Our missions cost money and financial contribution is the best way that they can participate and help the cause.
Team members may bring along their own personal medications. However please be sure that these are also not expired.