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IMHO Supports Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Donor Program in the US

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You Can help save a life-become a Stem cell or Bone Marrow Donor.  Approximately every 3 minutes in the US, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies. Right now, some patients from our community are battling life threatening diseases like leukemia. Some patients however can be cured, with a marrow/blood stem cell transplant.The South Asian population (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) in the US is rapidly increasing. South Asians are not immune to illness and increasingly diagnosed with cancer both young, middle aged and the elderly. While treatments are effective in most diseases, South Asians diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia are at a critical disadvantage and often succumb to the disease. The reason is a bone marrow match must be located for a transplant. The odds of finding a fully matched donor depend on the patient’s ethnic heritage. About one-third of patients can find a match among their siblings, while two-thirds have to depend on the generosity of unrelated donors. The problem arises as minorities are vastly underrepresented in the national registry and account for only 6 % of the 13.5 million total number of registered individuals. There are only about 800,000 people of Asian ancestry registered on the "Be The Match® national registry".  Finding an unrelated donor for a South Asian patient is a daunting task and has been described as “ like finding a needle in a haystack,” . How can we help to prevent needless deaths from blood cancers? We need everyone, who is 18 to 44 years old, to commit to registering. Registering is simple – just a swab of the inside of your cheek. Find a registration drive in your area with one of the following organizations. http://www.aadp.org/drive/www.samarinfo.org ,  Contact: samar@samarinfo.org,  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SAMARINFOhttp://join.bethematch.org/aadp Committed donors are needed! Did you know almost 50% of minority donors refuse to donate after being informed they are a potential match to a patient? We need to change this statistic. WHAT IF I AM A MATCH?You will be contacted to give a small blood sample for further testing to confirm you are a good match and to make sure you are healthy enough to donate.  Then you will have to complete a physical exam and a counseling session. If you are chosen, there are two methods of donation: PBSC can be the first option since the process is done 70-80% of the time and Marrow Harvesting the second option in 20-25% of the time.  PBSC - The blood stem cells are taken from your blood stream through your arm.  Prior to this collection, a medicine (Filgrastim) is taken to increase the blood stem cells. During the donation, the blood is drawn from one arm into a machine which collects the blood stem cells and the remaining blood is returned to the other arm. There is no blood loss.Marrow Harvesting - 3-5% of your blood stem cells are removed from your hip area under anesthesia (The donor decides if it general or local). The body regenerates it in a few weeks.  There is no pain during the procedure because of the anesthesia. The most common complaint is soreness at the site of the extraction for a few days. Pain medicine is given as needed. Only done 22% of the time.Thank youTeam IMHO

IMHO Support Career Counseling Program in Kilinochi, Sri Lanka

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We organize our stall in a hall, which can accommodate around 50 students. A medical officer and relevant health staff (nurse, pharmacist, medical lab technician, etc...) will explain about the training and career opportunities available for science stream students in health sector.Date: Sep 16th and Sep 17th, 2017   

With IMHO support, JJCDR completes 30 years of its establishment.

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PLEASE SEE MESSAGE from the founders below: Dear Sir,  It makes us  the  founder members of  JJCDR proud as we announce that we have crossed another milestone in the history of our organization.  On the 1st of July JJCDR completes 30 years of its establishment. We take this occasion to thank IMHO for being an earnest partner of JJCDR and we wish to explore new heights in the future Dr(Mrs)S.Theivendran                                                 Dr(Mrs) J.Ganeshamoorthy 

IMHO initiates Junior Leadership Program (JLP)

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Program: Junior Leadership Program (JLP)JLP Mission:IMHO understands its obligation towards the local community here in the US and strongly believes that the next generation of leaders need to get involved now in order to carry forward its mission to help the people in need not only in Sri Lanka but also in other parts of the world.JLP Objectives:*Provide a medium for youth members to interact on career guidance to succession in STEM, Healthcare, Mass media, Language studies (Tamil, Spanish, French, Chinese) and Laws – domestic and International laws.* Create a platform for communities scattered across the US states to form a strong collaboration and partnership in various areas of interests.* Unite talents and provide assistance with respect to pursuing their career dreams through coaching and effective leadership.* Help preserve history, cultural values and promote awareness on the new developments.* Understand the educational needs of the youth in the N_E of the country and explore ways to raise bar on the academic excellence.* Adheres to IMHO Core principles in terms of serving the community in need.For more details on this program,  please contact coordinator@theimho.org . 

IMHO supports CHENNAI CYCLONE RELIEF PROJECT along with SAWED Trust

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Letter from SAWED Trust: Mr. Murali Ramalingam,Treasurer,IMHO. Date: 05.02.2017 Dear Sir, Greetings and Best Wishes from  SAWED Trust. We now wish to submit the following: 1.Project Completion Report.2.Audited Financial Statement.3.We (The Staffs and Board Members of Sawed Trust and the Beneficiary Cyclone affected Communities) gives somany thanks to you, IMHO Board members and every one at  IMHO – United States of America for your kind help and immediate response. Please let us know, if you need further details. Thanking you, Yours Sincerely., (M.S.ABDAHEER),Executive Director,SAWED TRUST.

Construction of Sanitation facilities ( 40nos) - Harrington Estate -IMHO and WORLD VISON

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Letter from World Vision:  Dear Sir, We are glad to inform you that ,we have successfully completed all 40 toilets and handed over to the Beneficiaries. Please find herewith attached the summary report on the completion of these Toilets. This initiative made possible because of the partners contribution especially we thank IMHO for coming forward to address the one of the major need of the Plantation community. As we communicated this year too we are planning to construct 430 Toilets in this area with the support of the community and partners. If the partner contribution increase, we also able to Scale up and expand our project. Therefore we attached herewith the requirement and seek your kind consideration in contributing for this initiative. We ensure that within 2-3 months time we will be completing all the toilets if the partner contributions agreed. In addition please make arrangement to settle the balance contribution of Rs.500,000/=  from  IMHO contribution( Rs.1,000,000/=) for this project. Once again we thank you for the generous contribution made for to improve the hygienic condition of Plantation community. Thank you, Kind Regards Alex RubanManager – Nuwaraeliya Area ProgrammeWorld Vision Lanka

IMHO Supports Autism Center at Batticaloa

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Letter from Bro. Michael. f.c.:Dear Sir, (IMHO Board) I take this opportunity to thank you and your IMHO Organization for accepting our Autism Center at Batticaloa under your care.We received your 1st installment of Rs. 735,000.00 in Sri Lankan Currency.  The work is going on very fast and they might complete  the full work in another two weeks time.Once again I thank you for your generous help.May God bless you in all your endeavors.Bro. Michael. f.c.Autism Center at Batticaloa.

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