Sir John Wilson sadly passed away in 1999 but IMPACT’s work today retains Sir John’s original spirit and ethos.
The World Bank estimates that one billion people (15% of the global population) is disabled. Some of this is due to an ageing population but age-old causes (malnutrition, lack of medical care during childbirth, infections etc.) remain significant. The need for our work is as great in the 21st Century as it was in 1981.Today there are IMPACT Foundations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Africa (Kenya), India, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, The Philippines, The UK and Zanzibar. IMPACT UK also supports non-IMPACT partners in Cambodia, India and Tanzania.
IMPACT’s action continues to grow and diversify and today includes innovations such as a Nursing Institute in Bangladesh to meet the huge need for qualified nurses; safe water sources and sanitation; and menstrual hygiene to help girls stay in school all month.
In addition to raising funds to invest in practical action overseas, IMPACT UK also runs a successful healthy nutrition project in West Sussex. We were delighted when the ‘Tasty Team’ was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (known as the MBE for volunteer groups) in 2017.