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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.

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

projects

FEATURED PROJECTS

... AND MORE

EARLY IDENTIFICATION & TREATMENT

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, and prevent people from falling into poverty. Thanks to IMPACT’s action this year 85,315 people were immunised, either directly or as a result of our motivational activities.

ENDING MALNUTRITION

Across our programme 169,366 people benefited from our direct action to combat malnutrition.

ACCESSIBLE SURGERY

Across our programme 18,802 operations were performed to restore or repair sight, hearing, mobility, fistula, hydrocephalus and cleft lip.

SAFER MOTHERHOOD & CHILD SURVIVAL

Across our international programme 34,634 mothers received pre and post-natal care thanks to our programme of action.

SAFE WATER & SANITATION

Across our programme 31,447 people benefited from safe water and improved sanitation.

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!

IFIO BIENNIAL MEETING

The IFIO Biennial Meeting will take place in Phnom Penh Cambodia from 28 February – 2 March 2017. The meeting report and outcomes will be posted.

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.

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. Heli Bathija

Dr. Heli Bathija

Vice President

From 1986 to 2012 Heli worked at WHO, Geneva, in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Currently she holds various volunteer positions in different NGOs, including IMPACT Switzerland.

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) when Vision 2020 the Right to Sight was launched jointly with WHO.

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.

Sham Bathija

Sham Bathija

Advisor

Sham has amassed over 25 years of experience in the field of economic development. A career with the United Nations Development Program in New York and various stations in Asia and Africa. Along with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva as Coordinator for the Central Asian Republics and its relevant institutions.

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
Sari Laukkanen

Sari Laukkanen

Programme Officer

Sari has solid experience in international operations, including coordination, administration, legal and client services, corporate management and training in private, public and international sector. She is a Programme Officer of IMPACT.

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. Heli Bathija

Dr. Heli Bathija

Vice President

From 1986 to 2012 Heli worked at WHO, Geneva, in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Currently she holds various volunteer positions in different NGOs, including IMPACT Switzerland.

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) when Vision 2020 the Right to Sight was launched jointly with WHO.

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.

Sham Bathija

Sham Bathija

Advisor

Sham has amassed over 25 years of experience in the field of economic development. A career with the United Nations Development Program in New York and various stations in Asia and Africa. Along with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva as Coordinator for the Central Asian Republics and its relevant institutions.

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
Sari Laukkanen

Sari Laukkanen

Programme Officer

Sari has solid experience in international operations, including coordination, administration, legal and client services, corporate management and training in private, public and international sector. She is a Programme Officer of IMPACT.

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