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15

of the world’s population live with disability

80

of people with disabilitieslive in developing countries

33

of those are children

about

We are a group of committed and compassionate volunteers working to ensure that no one becomes or remains needlessly disabled through disease, lack of knowledge or shortage of medical care.

Together with individuals and foundations in Switzerland we support health-related projects in five low-income countries. With generous support from our donors, our country-based local IMPACT partners are empowered to implement life-changing projects and build capacity in their communities.

www.impact.org.uk

IMPACT SWITZERLAND IS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF IMPACT FOUNDATIONS ( IFIO).

projects

FEATURED PROJECTS

IMPACT PRIORITIES FOR ACTION

EARLY IDENTIFICATION & TREATMENT

Community and school-based screening programmes catch problems, for examples sight and hearing, before they become disabilities. Across our programme 1,269,697 people were examined and provided with treatment to prevent needless disability.

IMMUNISATION

Vaccines can afford lifelong protection from devastating diseases. IMPACT both educates about and provides vaccines. Thanks to IMPACT’s action this year 85,315 people were immunised, either directly or as a result of our motivational activities.

ENDING MALNUTRITION

Home gardens and nutrition supplements aren’t luxuries; they are necessary to avoid disabling conditions. Across our programme 169,366 people benefited from our direct action to combat malnutrition.

ACCESSIBLE SURGERY

Free or low-cost surgery is brought to the people by boat, train, floating clinics and land-based community clinics. Across our programme 18,802 operations were performed to restore or repair sight, hearing, mobility, fistula, hydrocephalus and cleft lip.

SAFER MOTHERHOOD & CHILD SURVIVAL

Pregnancy and early years programmes, such as our 1000 Days Programmes, save women and children’s lives. Across our international programme 34,634 mothers have received pre and post-natal care.

SAFE WATER & SANITATION

By enabling some of the world’s poorest people to access clean water we are creating an essential first step to maintaining health, improving livelihoods and overcoming poverty. Across our programme 31,447 people benefited from safe water and improved sanitation.

HEALTHY AGING

Needless disabilities occur across the lifespan. Preventing disabilities among older people helps them, their families and their communities

PREVENTING TRAUMA & PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH

Supportive caring programmes which provide concrete assistance during a crisis like an earthquake of flood. reduces the likelihood of mental or physical trauma

POVERTY ALLEVIATION

The challenge is not only to reduce poverty, but also to eradicate the inequalities that perpetuate it. We believe that access to knowledge and technology that can prevent disability is a fundamental human right and priority.

events

EVENTS

‘BOAT-TO-BOAT’ FUNDRAISER

A ‘Boat-to-Boat’ fundraiser is currently being planned.
An evening of dinner and music on a boat on beautiful Lake Geneva will raise funds for IMPACT floating clinics and hospitals in Cambodia and Bangladesh. Stay tuned for details! If you are interested in volunteering to assist, contact us!

THE GOOD FESTIVAL

IMPACT Switzerland participated in Switzerland’s ‚The GoodFestival’ from 17-21 April 2017. The goal of the Good Festival is to discover and promote Artists, Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Writers, Filmmakers and other practitioners, the “doers” who are building a better world. www.goodfestival.ch

louis
I’m proud to be a supporter of IMPACT Switzerland, helping to make a huge difference in the lives of so many.
Switzerland's own Louis Ackermann, Ironman World Champion in 2011
team

OUR TEAM

The IMPACT Switzerland team is committed to improving the life chances of those with limited access to health care. As volunteers we bring a wide range of skills, interests and experience.
We would love for you to join us.

(Click on a photo below to read more about our team members.)

Kevin McGrath

Kevin McGrath

President

Kevin McGrath has a distinguished United Nations career having worked for both the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Development Program. In his spare time he taught skiing to people with disabilities.

Dr. Robert Boland

Dr. Robert Boland

Treasurer

A chartered accountant in the UK and CPA in the USA, as well as a financial comptroller for several companies. Robert worked for the ILO in Geneva and 40 countries on UN projects for management, finance, environment and health care.

Dr. Ramachandra Parararajasegaram

Dr. Ramachandra Parararajasegaram

Ambassador at Large

Para served as a consultant at the Eye Hospital in Columbo until appointed as WHO’s first Regional Advisor for Prevention of Blindness in the South East Asia Region. He founded the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Yenlin Zhang

Yenlin Zhang

UN Liaison

Yenlin has studied, worked and lived in China and in the USA. She became a full-time United Nations staff member in Geneva in 2002. Yenlin joined the IMPACT team in 2013 as our UN liaison. She a proud single mother of a son.

Reva Gutnick

Reva Gutnick

Operations Team Coordinator

Reva is a social worker from Canada who has been living in the Geneva area since 2002. She is the Coordinator of IMPACT Switzerland and is a consultant for international organisations in Geneva.

Shameera Wiest

Shameera Wiest

IT & Operations

Shameera, a professional artist works offsite from Beijing, China as our digital content manager. She has several years of experience as an artist, as well as prior career experience as a research analyst and safety engineer.

Gavin Wilson

Gavin Wilson

Board Member

Gavin, a chartered accountant from New Zealand, brings a wealth of financial, project and programme management experience. He has worked for international companies in the financial services, beer and oil industries, and in local government and tourism.

Kevin McGrath

Kevin McGrath

President

Kevin McGrath has a distinguished United Nations career having worked for both the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Development Program. In his spare time he taught skiing to people with disabilities.

Dr. Robert Boland

Dr. Robert Boland

Treasurer

A chartered accountant in the UK and CPA in the USA, as well as a financial comptroller for several companies. Robert worked for the ILO in Geneva and 40 countries on UN projects for management, finance, environment and health care.

Dr. Ramachandra Parararajasegaram

Dr. Ramachandra Parararajasegaram

Ambassador at Large

Para served as a consultant at the Eye Hospital in Columbo until appointed as WHO’s first Regional Advisor for Prevention of Blindness in the South East Asia Region. He founded the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Yenlin Zhang

Yenlin Zhang

UN Liaison

Yenlin has studied, worked and lived in China and in the USA. She became a full-time United Nations staff member in Geneva in 2002. Yenlin joined the IMPACT team in 2013 as our UN liaison. She a proud single mother of a son.

Reva Gutnick

Reva Gutnick

Operations Team Coordinator

Reva is a social worker from Canada who has been living in the Geneva area since 2002. She is the Coordinator of IMPACT Switzerland and is a consultant for international organisations in Geneva.

Shameera Wiest

Shameera Wiest

IT & Operations

Shameera, a professional artist works offsite from Beijing, China as our digital content manager. She has several years of experience as an artist, as well as prior career experience as a research analyst and safety engineer.

Gavin Wilson

Gavin Wilson

Board Member

Gavin, a chartered accountant from New Zealand, brings a wealth of financial, project and programme management experience. He has worked for international companies in the financial services, beer and oil industries, and in local government and tourism.

WANT TO KNOW MORE OR GET INVOLVED?

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