Mr Dunn has worked in Fire and EMS as a Firefighter/Paramedic for fifteen years and is a recently retired US Army vet. He has served US rural and urban environments, and overseas with the US Armed Forces. His extensive deployments include Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Africa. Fire departments Mr Dunn has served on include Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department, ND, Montgomery Co. Fire in MD, Ganci Fire Dept, Kyrgyzstan, and Scott AFB Fire-Rescue, IL. Mr Dunn helped set up and run the first treatment facility at FOB Salerno in Khowst, Afghanistan, and has experience treating patients during a small outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Africa. During his medical career Colin served not only as a FF/Paramedic, but also as a specialist in cultural affairs. Mr Dunn has a long history of working successfully with diverse populations to achieve significant goals. Mr Dunn is a hazardous materials technician and has extensive experience leading teams in remote and dangerous environments, with limited support.
Virginia Price is cofounder of IMA. Virginia studied at Stanford on an International Relations/Premed track and has traveled and has done medical/rescue work extensively in the developing world and remote locations such as Melanesia, Antarctica, and the Mexican highlands. Ms. Price works as a Firefighter/Paramedic/Hazmat Technician in Maine and serves as Vice President of a Maine SAR nonprofit. Ms Price spent a year in Antarctica providing airfield fire/hazmat protection and medical support for McMurdo station and the continent-wide Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue Team. She provided disaster relief following the2011 Christchurch NZ earthquake, Hurricane Ike, and the Vilonia, AR EF4 tornado .She has worked with street children in Vladivostok. Russia. Ms. Price has been heavily involved in planning and logistics for complex technical rescues, expeditions, and ocean voyages to remote locations.
In 2014, Ms Price and Mr Dunn worked together as part of the core team of an NSS/Explorers Club Flag Expedition in the remote Sierra Mazateca Cloud Forest of Mexico, providing cave rescue/medical resources for a team of cavers exploring the deepest cave system in the Western Hemisphere. There, they spent free time improving relations with local communities and assisting villagers with basic medical treatment. While returning from Mexico, Mr. Dunn and Ms. Price were caught in the EF4 tornado in AR, and worked together to provide immediate scene stabilization and emergent medical care in Mayflower, followed by assisting in USAR operations in Vilonia.
A Massachusetts native, Alexi graduated from Bridgewater State University in May 2015 with a Bachelors in Business Management concentrating in Marketing.
She hopes in the future to continue to use her knowledge to help gain support for worthy causes.
Meredyth Sneed is a strategy consultant based in Berkeley, California. She studied Anthropology at UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, and maintains an interest in international development issues. As a volunteer, Meredyth has helped International Mutual Aid develop its donor recruitment strategy
International Mutual Aid is dedicated to working with local partners in West Africa, to respond to Ebola in the short term, and to implement long-term innovative, sustainable healthcare solutions for under served populations with urgent healthcare needs.
International Mutual Aid is a nonprofit organization started by a group of medical professionals. We are coordinating with local and international governments, WHO, and involved Non Government Organizations (NGOs) to provide direct medical care during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as long-term, community-based healthcare system strengthening. This is a rapidly evolving situation which demands flexibility and willingness to adapt to realities on the ground.
Work in Sierra Leone
International Mutual Aid is a nonprofit organization made up of medical professionals with extensive experience providing care and training in geographically remote locations.
January and February of 2015 saw International Mutual Aid deploy a team of medical and community development profesionals to Kono District in Sierra Leone.
The team partnered with Kono District's Ebola Response Center(DERC), the community clinic in the town of Gbamandu, and a local NGO, the Kono Eastern Community Development Association.
During the team's two months in Kono we were able to accomplish the following:
- Subsidized medication supply for the Gbamandu Clinic to provide free primary care to all patients for the remainder of 2015.
- Trained and equipped local health staff to safely care for suspected Ebola patients.
- Partnered with the community health team to treat 20-50 patients a day for conditions including malaria, typhoid, STIs amoebic dysentery, complications from pregnancy, childbirth, trauma, tropical ulcers, pneumonia, malnourishment, and more.
- Established a program with UNICEF to provide nutritional assistance to malnourished children in the community.
- Built trust in the section allowing the team to conduct extensive Ebola surveillance and case investigation, leading to the discovery and halting of an extensive chain of transmission involving certain portions of the Kono district population.
- Assisted in contact tracing and basic needs support for 47 quarantined individuals and identified, treated, and transferred an Ebola patient from the quarantine.
- Worked closely with DFID, UNMEER, CDC and local responders at the DERC to improve quality of service and provided additional Epidemiological support.
- Conducted five formal health education sessions with the community.
- Assisted the local community to plan a gravity fed water system that will, once completed, provide clean drinking water to over 1500 people.
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