IMANA Medical Relief History

The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) was founded in 1967 as a professional organization and a forum for Muslim healthcare professionals. It was at its inception that the founding fathers envisaged a relief role for the organization as well. In the early years, it started with providing monetary assistance for victims of natural disasters such as famine, earthquakes, typhoons & floods and to people caught in conflicts. The Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA) enabled IMANA Medical Relief to reach across the world and to network & collaborate alongside its member organizations. Over the years IMR graduated from a passive to an active role, from merely donating money to undertaking hands-on, active medical relief work.

The past fifteen years have seen IMANA Medical Relief (IMR) evolve into a globally recognized medical relief organization. It undertakes humanitarian and medical relief work with a strong commitment to its slogan “Making a Difference Around the World.” IMR is managed by a committee of experienced professionals who are veterans of multiple relief missions around the globe.

IMR became engaged in relief work on a larger scale for the first time after the havoc wreaked by the Indonesian tsunami in 2004. Several of our volunteers traveled to the disaster zone and worked in coordination with UN & other organizations to provide medical relief to the affected population. This was followed by months long commitment in the relief activities for victims of the massive Pakistan earthquake of 2005. Later came the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods of 2010. Amongst humanitarian and relief organizations, the term “Mega 4” refers to these four natural calamities; IMANA Medical Relief played a vital relief role following each of these disasters. These cataclysmic events set the stage for IMR to get involved in short and long-term relief work and healthcare.

The past fifteen years have seen IMANA Medical Relief (IMR) evolve into a globally-recognized medical relief organization. It undertakes humanitarian and medical relief work with a strong commitment to its motto, “Making a Difference Around the World.”

IMR funds several health care projects as well as sends volunteer teams for medical and surgical work in underdeveloped regions of the world, like medical clinics in Haiti, cleft lip surgical missions to Sudan and medical relief missions to refugees in Bangladesh and Jordan. It supports the operations of clinics, basic health centers and specialized facilities in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Kenya, where it has built hospitals and basic health centers as well. IMR also arranged advanced training for Palestinian physicians abroad. A complete breakdown of IMR relief work is given in its timeline. [link to timeline]

IMR received the highest of honors when the American College of Physicians awarded it the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Award in 2016. Our work has been recognized by the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, USAID, World Health Organization, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Gates Foundation.

MR leadership has attended key international health summits including:

  • World Health Organization (WHO) African Immunization and Vaccination Conference (Ethiopia)
  • World Humanitarian Summit (Istanbul)
  • Gates Foundation Polio Eradication Summit (Dakar)
  • International Muslim Health Communities Congress (Istanbul)
  • IMR regularly gets invited to and attends various federal level seminars, conferences, and workshops around the country, in addition to being a participant at major Islamic conventions in the country.

Patients Treated


Benefitting from aid

Medical/Surgical Missions

Health Centers

Emergency Medical Response Teams

Meet IMANA’s Medical Relief Committee Members

Dr. Ismail Mehr

-IMR Chairman-

Dr. Imran Qureshi

-IMR Vice Chairman-

Dr. Parvaiz Malik

-IMR Committee Member-

Dr. Hafiz ur Rehman

-IMR Committee Member-

Dr. Khalique Zahir

-IMR Committee Member-

Dr. Kanwal Chaudhry

-IMR Committee Member-

Dr. Saquib Lakhani

-IMR Committee Member-

Dr. Asif Malik

-IMR Committee Member-

Dr. Labib Syed

-IMR Committee Member-

Dr. Ahmed Kasem

-IMR Committee Member-

Meet IMANA’s Medical Relief Staff

Zahid Mahmood

-IMR Coordinator-

Akrama Hashmi

-Managing Director-

Asna Ghanchi

-Operations and Program Coordinator-

International Recognitions & Partnerships

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IMANA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to IMANA and IMANA Medical Relief are tax exempt. Tax ID: #36-4166125
IMANA’s dedicated CFC Code: 36981.