Registering Teams through December 2019

An estimated 850,000 Rohingya people of Myanmar have been displaced and are unable to return to their homes since communal violence erupted there in August 2017. They have sought shelter in neighboring Bangladesh and are putting up in makeshift camps. Most of them are the elderly, women and children and they urgently need food and water, reasonable shelter and basic health cover. U.N. and Bangladesh government resources are limited and NGOs are augmenting in the much-needed emergency aid.

IMANA Medical Relief is sending its medical relief teams under the umbrella of FIMA (Federation of Islamic Medical Associations) in coordination with local partners. Our volunteer doctors are traveling to Bangladesh to provide critically needed healthcare to the Rohingya refugees via mobile clinic outreach to the makeshift refugee camps. IMR teams have rotated weekly to the Rohingya camps; they have treated 286,928 patients as of September 2019.

We need your help to keep providing this critically needed healthcare cover to the destitute, displaced Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Mission Notes:

  1. The basic purpose of our mission is to assist and supplement in increasing the mobile clinic outreach. The patient volume is averaging at 400-500 per day.
  2. We are seeking volunteers from the following specialties: Family Practice, Internal medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn and Psychiatry. Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and only final year Residents from above-listed specialties may also apply.
  3. Visas are required for US and Canadian nationals traveling to Bangladesh. Visa processing time is 7-10 business days from the date of submission of passport at the Bangladesh embassy. Visas can also be obtained upon arrival at Dhaka Airport,though using this method to obtain the Visa is not recommended.
  4. Volunteer holding passports from other countries need to check the visa requirements with the respective Bangladesh embassy beforehand.
  5. Teams depart on Friday and returning on Saturday, in conjunction with their one or two weeks deployment. Upon arrival in Dhaka, a domestic flight from Dhaka to Cox Bazar also needs to be purchased.
  6. We need a minimum of 6 weeks processing time from point of registration to departing for the mission, to be able to complete all neccessary preperations.

Logistics in Cox Bazar:       

  1. Volunteer Responsibilities: Team members will be responsible for all international and domestic airfare, plus meals.
  2. IMR Responsibilities: Expenses related to lodging and transportation for clinical activities.
  3. Daily Schedule: Clinical activities will be from Monday through Friday. Team members will return to Dhaka Saturday forenoon and take onward connections in the afternoon/evening. Volunteers who are scheduled for two weeks rotations will work Monday to Friday, have Saturday off, then work Sunday to Friday in the second week.
IMR  is coordinating fundraising activities and expects each selected team member to help raise a minimum of $1000 towards medical relief efforts. 
Registering for a mission is not a guarantee of selection. We will inform you individually once the team is finalized. DO NOT make any travel arrangements until then.

We are accepting volunteers for one week and two-week deployments till the end of December 2019. Options are available on the registration form.

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