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Our Approach

The mission of IPSAHD is to promote health and development in areas of Asia through sustainable, practical, and cost-effective means.

Our Vision

  • Improve the health of the whole person and community
  • Build capacity to strengthen local health systems
  • Partner with local health care systems
  • Strive for cost-effective & sustainable interventions
  • Encourage equity in the availability of services
  • Promote development

Our Goals


Build Capacity

Our goal is to build both human and structural capacity. We want to enhance the quality and quantity of human capital through education, and strengthen existing programs in public health, medicine or development.


Pursue Sustainability

Our goal is to pursue sustainability. We want each activity or program to be self-sustaining and appropriate for the area’s resources and culture.


Work in Partnership

Our goal is to work in partnership with local leaders, health care professionals, the government, communities, and other organizations.


Foster Research

Our goal is to foster an atmosphere of investigation and problem-solving in which interventions and results are tracked and reevaluated.


Encourage Appropriate Technology

Our goal is to encourage technology that is appropriate for the location and situation. Energy-efficient and green technologies are preferred.

Our Approach

Each location in which IPSAHD works will pose a unique situation and different challenges, but here are a few ways sustainable improvements in health can be pursued:

Public Health:

  • Teach health professionals, students of all levels, and community members.
  • Provide consultative and supportive services, while building capacity through hands-on collaboration on Public Health programs and projects.
  • Encourage, promote, and facilitate studies to first identify issues and then to develop, implement, and evaluate the benefit of interventions with the goal of finding the most cost-effective solution.
  • Encourage and promote collaboration between programs and services to provide the best possible health for the whole person and community.

Medical Education:

  • Build capacity in the health care system by promoting the advancement of medical training, with an emphasis on mid-level providers to improve quality and access to health care services.
  • Strengthen health care services by promoting CME (continuing medical education)


  • Provide direct health care services on a part-time/limited basis to understand the health care system and the local issues, needs and challenges.
  • Encourage and facilitate studies and interventions to improve the quality, efficiency, and cost-effective utilization of limited health care resources.

Development & Complementary Areas:

  • Provide technical support for initiatives to solve issues in health and development by encouraging programs in economic development, agriculture and horticulture, education, and green/sustainable technologies.
Accomplishing our goals

There can be a misunderstanding between “aid” and “development”. Although often used interchangeably, this is incorrect.

Aid is often short-term, involves a considerable investment of financial resources, and beyond meeting an urgent need, aid rarely leaves lasting and sustainable improvements.

Development, on the contrary, also involves considerable investment of financial resources, but it is a long-term approach with the goal of making sustainable improvements. Done well, development strengthens a community for future generations by utilizing the local resources in that community while minimizing dependency on outside resources.

IPSAHD’s approach for achieving our mission, while avoiding dependency, is two-fold.

First, we desire to make long-term commitments to see things through. Local solutions to tough problems are best, and IPSAHD wants to facilitate local solutions that will endure. In order for this to occur, we must understand a community’s strengths, resources, and likewise its needs and weaknesses. By better understanding a culture, its customs, and its religions, IPSAHD can help facilitate sustainable improvements. That understanding is built through time and patience, and lays the foundation for respectful collaboration.

Respectful collaboration is our second approach. IPSAHD desires to work with others, not do things on our own. Solving complex problems in health and development requires a group effort. Agriculture, economics, infrastructure, and education are just a few of the interconnected pieces that affect nutrition, a community’s health, and ultimately a society’s progress towards development.

Outside solutions run the risk of being expensive, difficult to implement, unnecessary or even harmful. Through respectful partnerships, we will work hard to avoid these outcomes. We desire to collaborate in partnership with local colleagues to build capacity and strengthen programs to improve health and development in sustainable ways.