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Seventy percent of women don't know they are pregnant in the first trimester. That is why we have volunteers who walk into the neighborhoods to offer women free pregnancy tests wherever we may find them.

Winfred S Tovar, MD

MIMSI International is a nonprofit organization which is designed to improve access to prenatal care for pregnant women in remote areas of the developing world.  Our mission and vision are:

  • To reduce maternal morbidity and mortality through the introduction of trained community volunteers, the employment of technology and the establishment of transportation so that women living in remote areas around the globe can have access to adequate healthcare, advice and education.
  • To promote the health of pregnant women who live in underserved, remote areas around the world by empowering the community around them to support them.

Click "Play" to learn more about MIMSI International's efforts to improve access to life-saving prenatal care in the developing world.

“MIMSI” stands for the Modification In Mother-Baby-Mortality Initiative. 

MIMSI International is an exciting new community-based organization which trains local volunteers in prenatal care in remote & rural areas of the developing world.  Then these volunteers run a mobile prenatal clinic with the support of local nurses and doctors to serve pregnant women in their communities.

We bring care to women

Look at how the MIMSI team transforms abandoned spaces into fully functional clinic spaces to serve our patients

Winfred (Freddy) Tovar, MD is the creator and Executive Director of MIMSI International. Dr. Tovar–formerly an attending physician at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY, with more than a decade of experience–trained as an obstetrician and gynecologist specializing in high-risk obstetrics, gynecologic laparoscopy and minimally-invasive surgery. Through his experiences with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), Dr. Tovar has become interested in humanitarian medicine as a result of witnessing women and their family members directly impacted by the lack of adequate healthcare and medical services.

Prior to his work with MIMSI International, Dr. Tovar served as an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University Medical Center where he was responsible for the HIV women’s clinic and was the Chief Attending supervising the residency education and surgical training. He also worked at Westchester Medical Center as an Assistant Professor responsible for attending all deliveries and supervising residents during gynecological surgery.

Dr. Tovar proudly received a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is an active alumnus of Columbia University, where he received a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry/Pre-medical Concentration.


Mission Statement & Vision

Mobile Prenatal Clinic