AMDA-MINDS (AMDA Multisectoral and Integrated Development Services) is a non-governmental organization having its origin in the Office of Project Operations and Community Services of the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA). It was incorporated in April 2007 and succeeded all of the Japan-funded mid-/long-term humanitarian and development projects from AMDA. Dr. Shigeru Suganami, President of AMDA, envisaged the path leading to improvement of the quality of social development services through capacity building and enhancement of practical and intellectual base in such specialized fields as microfinance, income generation, livelihood, education, participatory methods that are often integrated with health sectors when pondering poverty alleviation. AMDA-MINDS currently implements projects in Myanmar, Nepal, Honduras, Niger, Ghana, Madagascar and Sierra Leone.
Today’s Family Life with Hope for a Better Tomorrow
AMDA-MINDS serves for the utter needs of the rural communities as well as urban slums where people wish to improve their health and living conditions.
In search of solutions, sharing and discussing humanitarian and developmental issues with stakeholders, AMDA-MINDS assist communities in a variety of forms, i.e. facilitating and strengthening community-based organizations consisting of youth, women, and other members of various interests, organizing micro-credit and vocational training programs, and helping to construct small-scale infrastructures such as schools, health centers, village roads, and water and sanitation facilities. Needless to say, a special emphasis is still placed on the health sector.
Programs are planned and implemented in the following areas:
- integrated maternal and child health,
- empowering women’s group for nutrition and reproductive health,
- infectious disease control, in particular, Malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB,
- improving access to basic health services, and
- capacity building of health volunteers.
By contributing our capacity to the above services, it is hoped that needs of today’s life are met and tomorrow’s hope are materialized.
Spirit of Sogo-Fujo (Mutual Assistance)
AMDA-MINDS is an organization that promotes the AMDA’s concept of Sogo-fujo spirit, our guiding light. Yet, the Japanese Constitution also depicts that “we desire to occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace, and the banishment of tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance for all time from the earth. We recognize that all peoples of the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and want. – – – We, the Japanese people, pledge our national honor to accomplish these high ideals and purposes with all our resources.” Japan is a country to prohibit exportation of arms and maintain anti-nuclear policy. We are honored to be a part of AMDA as well as Japanese civil society that legitimate our mission towards contribution to poverty alleviation through Sogo-fujo spirit
About AMDA Group
AMDA (Association of Medical Doctors of Asia, the) Group is a consortium of 5 humanitarian, non-profit, non-political, non-religious, and non-governmental organizations, and formally established in Japan in 1984. Since its establishment, AMDA Group has worked in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Japan, and obtained the General Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2006. Member organizations of AMDA Group, namely AMDA, AMDA-MINDS, AMDA International Medical Information Center, AMDA Organization for Global Assistance and Relief, and AMDA-International (an international network of 30 chapters), works indepedently/jointly in order to materialize its vision “To build a global network of partnership for peace through projects with Sogo-Fujo under local initiative” in comprehensive manner.