West African Medical Missions Inc

aka WAMMINC   |   Woodburry, MN   |  wwww.westafricanmedicalmissions.org
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Mission

To Strengthen The Existing Health Capacities of West Africa Through Education, Community Empowerment and Civic Engagement

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Our Vision

To become the most effective organization cultivating local cures to the health disparities and inequalities afflicting West Africa. We aim to bring marginalized and underrepresented individuals access to the forces structuring how health is created in their communities.

Furthermore, WAMM aims to exist as a catalyst in the cultivation of leaders to strengthen existing efforts and directives set-forth by local Governments, NGOs, and private sector forces whose focus is improving the health, education and social welfare of West Africa.

Ruling year info

2012

Principal Officer

Leadership Team

Main address

7017 Windgate Rd

Woodburry, MN 55414 USA

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EIN

27-3893162

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (E19)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Young Scholars program

The Young Scholars program (YSp) brings local health professionals, university and secondary school students together with international volunteers to address gaps in community health literacy.

Population(s) Served

The Research Associate program partners locally trained collegiate level research teams with researchers. It increases the access physicians and researchers have to skilled local students and facilitates their pursuit of research projects aimed at advancing evidence based medical practice and improving health outcomes.

Population(s) Served

The Institutional Strengthening program places our scholars in a health-related environment. We foster relationships with national organizations and institutions to channel our skilled students into open positions - ultimately improving technical support networks and institutional ability. The program is a collaborative model to network with and strengthen existing local organizations within the umbrella of health and social activism.

Population(s) Served

The entirety of our programming operates within the scope of the Global Health Strengthening Model (GHSM). The model enables us to operate in a variety of sectors whose intersections transcend health. The GHSM focuses on establishing local human resource networks to cure health disparities and inequalities in our areas of operation. We cultivate local leaders through education, increase their access to opportunities, and enable them to begin shifting health dynamics through our partner organizations by bridging their understanding of endemic problems with existing resources.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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For 2013, we will be moving to have the majority of our operations in Sierra Leone running with a 3/4th local majority. All our programs and activities will operate at a 3 to 1 ratio of local participants per international volunteers effectively bringing us one step closer to getting all our activities in Sierra Leone operating independently of outside aid – a goal we aim to achieve by 2015.

Gender Empowerment

“In our increasingly globalized world, the societies that succeed best will be those which guarantee women and girls equal access to education, thereby giving them the skills and the opportunities to develop their talents and interests, so they can contribute to building stronger and more resilient communities” - Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

We strive to create programs increasing the awareness of the structural forces creating environments for gender specific morbidities & moralities to thrive.All our programming policies favor the participation of women and girls with the greatest bias.


Sustainability

Sustainable programming gives social, cultural and environmental concerns equal value in concert with economic objectives. From the beginning, our business model was built upon a self-sustaining principle independent of donor support for growth, enabling us to operate on the basis of what local communities need in opposition to what donors want. Our income generating activities and local leadership models strengthen existing resource networks moving each project and country towards the goal of self-sustained independent operation.


Project Management

The key to successful leadership is understanding how to plan, organize, motivate and control resources to achieve specific goals while working in a collaborative team. Each of our programs empower all those engaged to enrich their experiences working in collaborative team settings. Through our community outreach initiative and research projects our participants have the opportunity to create and perform. We ensure our leadership experiences shape individuals to be capable of future management positions.


Education

The world’s top educational systems rely on dynamic classroom environments where the application of knowledge and critical thinking come before performance on standardized tests. In our programming, critical thinking is the tool students use to determine paths to multiple solutions for real world problems. Our Young Scholars, Gender Clubs and Community Outreach Initiatives introduce scientific inquiry, research methodology and STEM-based components to empower students to devise local cures for barriers to health in their communities.


Civic Engagement

Identifying & addressing issues of public concern is a crucial need organizations should fulfill when working in community environments. Our program participants are afforded opportunities to collaboratively work with local communities to create solutions to problems and concerns. Through our Global Health Strengthening Model, civic engagement brings our activities from the realm of theory into actual practice.

The Global Health Strengthening Model - Enabling our Capability to Shift the Paradigm

The entirety of our programming operates within the scope of the Global Health Strengthening Model (GHSM). The model enables us to operate in a variety of sectors whose intersections transcend health. The GHSM focuses on establishing local human resource networks to cure health disparities and inequalities in our areas of operation. We cultivate local leaders through education, increase their access to opportunities, and enable them to begin shifting health dynamics through our partner organizations by bridging their understanding of endemic problems with existing resources.

Three Pillars of the GHSM
Young Scholars Program (YSp)
Research Associate Program (RAp)
Institutional Strengthening Program (ISp)

These programs focus on education, research, and institutional operations as they related to health issues. Our efforts become re-approved every year by the local government. We meet with officials at the central ministry, city councils, and paramount chiefdoms to discuss our activities in each district we're present in. All our projects and programs are collaboratively built to the specifications of the governing bodies and partner organizations.

2009
Frank and Gabe meet in Mabulveh and form a friendship that will emerge into an organization focused on shifting the paradigm of global health.


2010
The first YSSL program is held at Prince of Wales Senior Secondary School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The class would be attended by over 80 students and provide an opportunity for 13 students to obtain tuition scholarships and earn the designation of Young Scholars. RAp works with physicians at Military Hospital to understand the research needs of young physicians coming out of medical school. ISp works with the National HIV/AIDS Control Program to strengthen the delivery and quality of care provided.


2011
YSSL grows to reach over 350 students in Freetown and Kenema while also expanding its programming to include Gender Clubs and Community Outreach Initiatives. In Kenema YSSL students work with the World Health Organizations Polio Eradication Initiative to create innovative community-based projects to address issues of noncompliance during vaccination campaigns in surrounding communities. RAp investigates the dynamics of healthcare in the provincial settings of Kenema and Kabala. ISp partners with NETHIPS to begin providing human resource support leading to the identification of efficiency gaps in data management techniques.

2012
YSSL COI projects in Freetown partner with local NGO's to establish a free one-day maternal health clinic in a community previously identified by students to be marginalized. Taught high-risk communities how to prepare oral rehydration salts, during the nation's cholera outbreak. Collaboratively created a mental health handbook with local chiefs, imams, pastors and traditional healers to begin raising the awareness of mental health issues. RAp partnered with Wellbody Alliance to provide human support to population based study that determined the baseline maternal mortality index for the Kono District of Sierra Leone, with a population of over 350,000 ISp implemented a custom-built data management software package created by a team of volunteers in the US to increase NETHIPS capacity to efficiently and effectively manage the 12,000+ client files used to track and report donor provisions from UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP and the Global Fund.

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West African Medical Missions Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gabriel Warren