Penn FIMRC: Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) is a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to bring modern pediatric and maternal medicine to underserved communities. Founded by a Penn alumnus and based out of Philadelphia, FIMRC has chapters at universities across the globe and international clinics in India, Uganda, Nicaragua, Peru, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. The Penn chapter focuses on volunteering within the West Philadelphia community, as well as fundraising for international projects. We volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, the Clyde F. Barker Transplant House, the HMS School of Children with Cerebral Palsy, and collaborate with medical students to run blood pressure clinics in local barbershops through the Cut Hypertension program. In the past three years, we have raised thousands of dollars to support diverse international projects including medical supplies and equipment for a Women's Health clinic in Nicaragua, clean water filters for a community in El Salvador, and a psychological help center for a Sri Lankan orphanage. In addition, members have traveled abroad to FIMRC clinics and gained firsthand experience of healthcare in the developing world. Ultimately, our organization strives for a world in which children across the globe have access to modern medical care.