Human Services

FIRE - Flagstaff International Relief Effort

Delivering Support Person to Person Since 1999

aka FIRE, FIRE Projects, FIRE NGO

Flagstaff, AZ

Mission

Mission FIRE works to improve health, education, and well-being through value-centered, community-based programs encompassing cultural diversity and heritage. Vision Communities around the world are empowered with a higher quality of life through access to safe health care and sustainable resources for responsible development.

Ruling Year

2002

Executive Director

Meredith Potts

Main Address

PO Box 22187

Flagstaff, AZ 86002 USA

Keywords

Mongolia, Nepal, medical, medical training, volunteer, hepatitis, liver cancer, health safety, medical waste management, infection prevention control, ipc, heritage, capacity building, partnerships, liver screening, liver health, ultrasound, fibroscan, hepatologist, oncologist, liver specialist, education, medical missions, cross-cultural, oral health, community awareness, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hbv. hcv, treatment, distance learning, community development, elder care, food distribution, vaccinations, cirrhosis, community health, rural communities, online training, sustainable, solution-based programs, safety boxes, sharps boxed, community development, economic development, winter clothing, respect, responsible, efficient, sustainable, empowering, communication, transparency, value-centered, community-based, cultural diversity, development, quality of life, innovation, integrity

EIN

71-0877496

 Number

8425006664

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Rural (S32)

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

FIRE began as an alternative to the graft often found in a struggling economy. FIRE continually evolves to meet the challenges of a changing world. Through sustainable and award-winning programming FIRE strives to empower communities and individuals with replicable programs that address problems in new and effective ways. Mongolia has the highest rate of liver cancer and among the highest rates of viral hepatitis in the world. More than 77% of Mongolians will have been infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) at some time during their life. One in 10 deaths in Mongolia is caused by liver cancer. 93% of liver cancer patients in Mongolia have hepatitis, and the high rate of liver cancer in is due largely to a late diagnosis of hepatitis. 78% of liver cancer is not diagnosed until stage III or IV, and 85% of Mongolian liver cancer patients die within one year of receiving their diagnosis. FIRE also works with Langtang, Nepal, after one third of the village died in the 2015 earthquake.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Health

Love the Liver

Health Care Worker Capacity Building

Infection Prevention Control

Community Development

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of vaccines administered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Love the Liver

Number of clients who report adequate access to services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Love the Liver

Total number of counseling sessions performed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Love the Liver

Number of clinic visits provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of patient consultations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Community Health

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

FIRE programs focus on community health, capacity building, and community development. FIRE maintains a high standard of oversight, integrity, and efficiency — setting the highest bar among organizations. Most of FIRE’s work involves public health programs focused on viral hepatitis and liver cancer prevention in Mongolia. Viral hepatitis infections can be prevented through administering vaccines, improvement in infection prevention and control procedures in hospitals, and education of the general population. Targeted at the general population and health care facilities and workers, FIRE’s programs focus on training, supply distribution, awareness campaigns, testing and screening, and vaccination. These life-saving programs are strategically and responsibly implemented through partnerships that include the Mongolian Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). FIRE’s programs in Langtang, Nepal focus on improved access to healthcare, direct aid, and heritage preservation.

Our responsible, multi-layered programs work with partners at all levels — local, national and international — including government, civil society, and individuals. FIRE's working relationship with these stakeholders helps maximize efficiency and impact. Our working relationships allow leveraging resources and support, ensuring the most empowering, sustainable, and cost-effective programs as possible. At each step, FIRE works with local community members from the poorest members of the community to the provincial governor. The community determines their needs and issues. All of FIRE’s staff in Nepal and Mongolia are from the respective countries. In Mongolia, FIRE pointedly supports the infrastructure and administration of the public sector by focusing on state-run facilities and employees. By teaching, we empower individuals and communities with the knowledge to continue the work after FIRE’s projects are completed.

In 2016, FIRE’s “Hepatitis Free Mongolia” liver screening project was one of five international projects recognized as an “Innovative Hepatitis Screening Project” worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). FIRE’s innovative work comes from a comprehensive approach to designing multi-layered, strategic programs that address complex issues focused on remote and under-served populations. We are able to remain flexible and adaptable to the quickly changing local needs and logistics. On World Hepatitis Day 2017, FIRE was one of five international initiatives featured in The Economist Magazine Intelligence Unit (EIU) “The Path to Zero” program. FIRE's Executive Director, Meredith Potts, was recognized by The Economist Magazine as a 2017 HCV Change Maker for her exemplary devotion to making screening more readily available throughout Mongolia.

We will measure our progress by our success in accomplishing our annual and program goals. Success is measured not only in numbers of individuals and communities served, but also in the comprehensiveness of the programs, the quality of solutions provided, and the number of issues resolved.

Since 2009, FIRE has provided 8,526 people in 7 provinces with comprehensive liver and cancer screenings including tests for hepatitis B and C, liver cancer, and ultrasound, FibroScan, and physical examinations; distributed 78,500 pieces of community awareness materials; vaccinated 3,022 people against hepatitis B; trained 3,571 health care workers; distributed 155,000 sharps containers and $1,000,000 in medical supplies; and distributed 2,000 health safety training videos. Next, we hope to continue screening all of Mongolia—one province at a time—reaching everyone who is not covered by the government program. We will continue our hepatitis prevention work by building the health safety and medical waste management capacity of rural health care facilities through training and supply distribution. Our combined programs are a comprehensive strategy for prevention of and screening for hepatitis and liver cancer that can be replicated in other rural communities in developing countries.

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Financials

FIRE - Flagstaff International Relief Effort

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes