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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 BolandTreasurer
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 ParararajasegaramAmbassador 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 ZhangUN 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 GutnickOperations 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 WiestIT & 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.
Heber Gómez MalavéBoard Member
Heber is a medical doctor and holds a Master’s degree in sociology. In Geneva, Heber works to develop health promotion activities with local institutions, focusing on human rights and art as a vehicle for well-being. Originally from Venezuela, Heber has been living in Geneva since 2013.
Gavin WilsonBoard Member
Gavin, a chartered accountant from New Zealand, brings a wealth of financial, project and programme management experience. He has worked for private sector international companies and in local government and tourism.