Pro-Health International was founded by Dr. Iko Ibanga as a Christian, non-profit voluntary health care organization 23 years ago. Through mobilizing volunteer doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers as well as support staff, the organization provides free health care during short medical missions. Services offered during missions include medical consultations, dental services, eye consultations, health promotion to increase awareness of important diseases and their risk factors, minor surgeries and pharmacy services, all free of charge to the clients. PHI’s focus is on helping the poor and underprivileged in rural settings. Originally started with 3-4 medical missions a year, they now run 25-30 missions in a year in Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Zambia, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, Burundi and Malawi. Over the years, they've carried out about 200 missions and reached many thousands of people.
By combining local and foreign health care providers, Dr. Iko Ibanga saw the potential for a greater collaborative effort of cultural exchange and practice. Foreign physicians would impart their advanced technical know-how while local physicians would be more familiar with the problems facing local healthcare. Thus a combined mission would provide a perfect balance.