Making an IMPACT – How, Why and Where?
We believe that no one should become or remain needlessly disabled through disease, lack of knowledge or shortage of medical services.
In the most impoverished parts of our world, children still lose their vision to parasites or their hearing to everyday infections. The repercussions last their lifetime. Men and women become blinded and lose their livelihoods because of cataracts and the whole family suffers. Babies are born with impairments because their mothers are malnourished or unvaccinated.
It is estimated that at least half of all disabled people live with conditions that could have been prevented or could be reversed with access to the right medical care; yet this is rarely available in low-income countries.
Disability frequently traps people in poverty by creating physical barriers to education or employment or because they face discrimination. Yet change is possible – we see it daily in our projects.
IMPACT believes that local people are best placed to know what needs to be done in their own communities and how to do it in an appropriate and cost effective way. We do not employ expatriate staff.
We support the creation of facilities such as hospitals and clinics to deliver high-quality care; train and equip health workers and medical professionals to take care to people’s doorsteps; and help men, women and children understand how they can protect their own health, simply and effectively. Find out more about our priorities for action.
Together we are working towards our shared goal of a world free from needless disability.