2020: An impactful year in review

Qudsiya Siddiqui

December 17th, 2020

As we near the end of 2020, we would like to take this opportunity to highlighting how your unwavering support and generosity has allowed IMANA to make a difference in the past 12 months. You helped us maintain a sense of togetherness and community in a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the world may feel on pause but the hardships and struggles of those in need continues to grow day by day, making survival difficult.

We hope you will join our effort to send a message of care from one citizen to another.

Note: The next few weeks are your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation before the year is over.


EMPOWER: Delivered medicines worth $25,000 to Puerto Rico, to assist with relief efforts after the earthquake
IMPROVE: IMR’s first-ever mission to The Gambia provided primary healthcare services and medicines to 807 patients. Furthermore, IMANA shared information about the newly recognized Coronavirus.

INSPIRE: We joined the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health and other leading organizations in calling for the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.
Additionally, after comprehensive market research, IMANA announced a new logo design with lighter hues for a modern touch and the swirl depicts botanic or flame that describes the ongoing energy, flame or fresh leaves to portray growth and characteristics of a provider.


INSPIRE: Divested our endowment portfolio from fossil fuels to generate increased attention toward the climate crisis and building a healthier future for all.

EMPOWER: We made a gift to help pay monthly premiums on health insurance plans for immigrant families in the Chicago-land area.

IMPROVE: Our medical team provided primary healthcare services and free medicines to 1,583 displaced Syrians and other refugees in Jordan. In the US, our volunteers prepared and
packaged the medical supplies necessary to the SaveSmile mission


IMPROVE: Our SaveSmile annual mission performed 130 cleft lip surgeries in Sudan.
As Covid-19 spread alarmingly, we provided information, offered health tips to cope with stress and isolation, and launched a monthly Covid-19 webinar series.
Additionally, we offered a webinar on Managing Diabetes in Ramadan by subject-matter experts, Dr. Mohamed Hassanein and Dr. Luma Ghalib on IMANA’s official YouTube channel.

EMPOWER: IMANA launched its medical debt relief initiative and paid off
$1.5 million in debt for low-income families impacted by Covid-19.

INSPIRE: Our all-female medical team provided free healthcare to 2,316 patients in Rahat Kot, Swat (Pakistan).


Impact in Review – April 2020
IMANA earned a Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStar by Candid. 

INSPIRE: Offered regular Ramadan Health Tips and weekly spiritual reflections in weeks leading up to Ramadan

EMPOWER: Distributed 50,000 KN95 face masks to 26 hospitals in 7 states – New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, and Texas.


INSPIRE: Hosted 11 virtual iftars and a Facebook Live iftar with Ryan Harris, Mufti Hussain Kamani to celebrate getting
to the Superbowl of Ramadan, the last 10 days.

IMPROVE: At FEMA’s request, IMANA dispatched 36 volunteers to hospitals in St. Thomas and St. Croix to supplement USVI’s Covid-19 response efforts.


IMPROVE: The IMANA Education Committee offered free webinars in collaboration with Aneesa Husain on Incontinence implications on Wudu, and Dr. Quratulain Syed on Advanced Care Planning, a topic neglected in Muslim communities. This year IMANA also hosted their first-ever virtual CME on Covid-19’s effects on mental health.

INSPIRE: The Governor of the US Virgin Islands, Albert Bryan Jr. commended and appreciated IMANA’s help in minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on their residents.


EMPOWER: Procured and distributed 50,000 KN95 face masks to 32 hospitals and medical centers all across Pakistan due to the proliferation of counterfeit supplies risking healthcare providers’ lives.

IMPROVE: Additionally, IMANA launched a Learning Management System, which allows providers to access and track self-paced CME opportunities year-round.

IMPROVE: Offered a free webinar in collaboration with Dr. Natasha Piracha about Understanding Palliative Care, and with Dr. Irfan Sheikh on the subject Intro to Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke).


EMPOWER: Airlifted four Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK), containing 1,800 lbs. of medicines and supplies each, valued at $785,000 in total, for those injured in the Beirut explosion.

IMPROVE: Offered a free webinar in collaboration with Dr. Farha Abbasi about Mental Health Stigma.


EMPOWER: Helped Gaza fight Covid-19 by distributing 170,000 disposable surgical masks and 6,000 half-liter antiseptic hand-gel units to hospitals and health centers in the city.
INSPIRE: Launched $20,000 worth of scholarships for students in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and healthcare/
allied health.

IMPROVE: Offered a free webinar in collaboration with Dr. Marium Husain, Dr. Darrell M. Gray and Shifa Mohiuddin about Cancer Screening Awareness.


EMPOWER: Provided an ambulance for the Al Mustafa Trust Medical Center in Umerkot, Pakistan to facilitate the transfer of seriously ill patients to hospitals.
INSPIRE: Launched a mentoring platform that creates a true representation of a culturally diverse healthcare industry geared towards providing guidance and resources essential for strengthening one’s career path.

IMPROVE: Offered free webinars in collaboration with Dr. Tayyaba Ahmed about Male Pelvic Pain and Dr. Farha Abbasi on Faith and Mental Health.


IMPROVE: Restarted our medical mission to Rahat Kot, Swat (Pakistan) and our 6-member volunteer team provided 1,927 patients with free healthcare services and medicines.
EMPOWER: Through the worsening pandemic, IMANA remained steadfast in supporting its healthcare programs across South Asia. IMANA-sponsored projects provided a continuum of care to hundreds of vulnerable families needing consults, medicines, and life-saving surgeries.

INSPIRE: IMANA launched a three-part virtual series – Food Cultures of the World, where we’re making a conscious effort to raise awareness about the struggles of those in Sudan, Syria, Palestine and preserve their traditions and cultures. Food is the single greatest unifier in cultures; what better way to learn and explore each country’s unique cuisine through a live meal prep and discuss why these places and people matter to us.


EMPOWER: IMANA proudly participated in GivingTuesday, a global movement dedicated to celebrating generosity and bringing about real change in addressing the community’s needs.

IMPROVE: To put the viral rumors about the pandemic and vaccine to rest, IMANA joined hands with Public Health and Infectious disease experts to host this informative webinar on updates about the COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Uzma Syed, Dr. Noor Jihan Abdul-Haqq, Dr. Nada Fadul.

INSPIRE: Offered free webinars in collaboration with Dr. Daniel C. Brennan on COVID-19’s impact on organ donation and transplantation, and Dr. Ayman Saad about Bone Marrow Transplant as well as shed light on the shortage of bone marrow donors from diverse ethnic backgrounds with a presentation by Mark Dotson from Be The Match Foundation.