Gender Based Violence

Afghan Youth Commit to Upholding Women’s Rights

In the eastern region of Afghanistan, International Medical Corps’ Gender-Based Violence (GBV) team led a group of six organisations in the observance of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. The group of organisations included: the Community Empowerment Development Organisation (CEDO), UNHCR, Department of Women Affairs, Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, HAWCA, and Women for Afghan Women. This year’s campaign…read more →

Stunning photographs tackle gender violence in Mali

International Medical Corps in Mali marked the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence with partners at Oxfam and photographer Vincent Trumeau. The campaign in Mali involves public displays of Vincent’s stunning photographs being displayed at places such as cultural centres, prisons, railways – all spreading the message of 16 Days through beautiful photography.    

Meet our GBV Programme Manager in Ethiopia

Eric is the International Medical Corps Gender Based Violence (GBV) Programme Manager in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence he spoke to us about his role and the wider issues of GBV among refugees.

Fighting Gender Based Violence among Afghan refugees

As part of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence we let Ara, an International Medical Corps Gender Based Violence counsellor, write about the challenges of her job working with Afghan refugees in Pakistan. My name is Ara*and I am a Gender Based Violence (GBV) counsellor with International Medical Corps working with Afghan Refugees in Pakistan. We are working in a…read more →

Central Africans Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

*Please note we never use images on this website of survivors of sexual or gender based violence By Laura Jepson, Project Reporting & Communications Officer, CAR In the Central African Republic (CAR), violence has become increasingly common. Looting, acts of physical violence, arbitrary killings, rape, and abductions are carried out with impunity; women and girls are especially vulnerable. Natacha describes…read more →

Tea Talks Change Fartun’s Life, Inspiring Her to Help Others

By Abdihakin Abdulahi, GBV Senior Community Mobiliser, Dollo Ado June 14, 2013 – Fartun is a 23-year-old Somali refugee residing in Melkadida camp in the Dollo Ado refugee complex in Ethiopia. As a child, Fartun lost her father and lived with her single mother and two brothers in Somalia. After her father’s death, she stopped going to school because she…read more →

I Promise… A Poem

A poem by a Somali refugee to his wife. I Promise I damaged your body by stick and stone I did not intend to hurt my partner So that… Excuse me for letting you be in pain for a long period It is a traditional belief that blinded me. May the river wash away my past actions To recover your…read more →

16 Days of Activism in Libyan IDP and Refugee Camps

The 2011 civil conflict caused more than 800,000 people to leave their homes in Libya to escape the fighting. Whilst many have been able to return and rebuild their lives, thousands more remain in refugee or IDP camps across Libya. Migrant workers from Sub-Saharan Africa, resident in Libya before the war but without official papers are particularly vulnerable to finding…read more →

Young Military Men Learn to Fight Gender Violence

“It is not enough to be just working with women, it is important to work with men also – they suffered because of the mass violence during wars and conflict. When men are affected it also affects families” – A trainee soldier, participating in International Medical Corps training Young military men learn the important role they have to play in…read more →

Religious leaders unite to call for an end to gender violence in Lebanon

  We Believe…   “Violence against women is a sin that is unacceptable by religious doctrine and by logical reasoning!”   “Violence Against Women regardless, of its types or forms, is a violation of her dignity”   “None but a noble man treats women in an honorable manner, and none but an ignoble treats women disgracefully”.   “Jesus Christ denounced…read more →



Just 22 hours after the devastating 7.0-earthquake hit in January 2010, International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team was on the ground in Haiti providing medical care to survivors. Our doctors and nurses were able to mobilise on an unparalleled scale to provide 24-hour emergency care to the acutely injured at the Hôpital de l’Université d’État d’Haiti (HUEH), a 700-bed hospital in Port-au-Prince. HUEH was badly damaged in the earthquake and many local health care professionals were missing. We were able to save thousands of lives through emergency and trauma care in the critical days following the earthquake.

At the height of emergency operations at the hospital, International Medical Corps treated approximately 1,000 patients per day. Our early entry also gave us the foundation to rapidly expand our operations to 15 mobile clinics throughout Haiti to provide critical services. Through the hospital and mobile and fixed clinics, International Medical Corps teams provided more than 110,000 patient consultations during the first year following the emergency.

When reports of acute diarrhoea emerged from the north of Haiti in October 2010, International Medical Corps doctors and nurses immediately deployed to the region providing emergency relief for the growing cholera crisis. Our network of rapidly constructed cholera treatment centres, supported by 820 community health volunteers to educate communities on how to prevent and identify cholera, meant that more than 30,000 cholera patients received life-saving treatment within the first year following the outbreak.



Libya ambulanceInternational Medical Corps was among the first organisations to enter Libya once the conflict began in February 2011, providing emergency medical care to casualties from the fighting and support to hospitals with medical staff and supplies. Among the first challenges our Emergency Response Teams encountered was a chronic shortage of nurses, as thousands of foreign nurses had fled the country. In partnership with the Jordan Health Aid Society, International Medical Corps immediately deployed volunteer nurses to health centres across eastern Libya moving them to towns and cities throughout the country as access permitted. Volunteer nurses trained the local counterparts while working alongside them.

At the country’s borders and within Libya, we supplied those displaced by the fighting with essential relief items, including blankets, bottled water and food. Recognising the danger posed by communicable diseases, our sanitation and hygiene specialists constructed latrines and washing stations in transit camps along the Tunisia borders.

Libya 5As the fighting went on International Medical Corps worked as close to the front line as possible, providing emergency treatment to those injured in the conflict, and medicines and supplies to besieged towns and cities. In Misurata, inaccessible by road, we evacuated nearly 500 injured civilians by boat. International Medical Corps’ mobile field hospitals treated the wounded from battles in Tripoli, the Western Mountains, Bani Walid, Sabha, Jufrah and Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.



Mali - villagerInternational Medical Corps mobilized an emergency response in Mali in January 2013 after rebel armed forces from the north began moving south, triggering French military intervention. In Timbuktu, which had spent months under the control of armed Islamist rebel our team were amongst the first international organisations to arrive and found pillaged clinics, missing medical personnel and damaged health infrastructure.

We immediately began supporting eight strategically targeted health clinics in remote areas around Timbuktu, where the Malian Ministry of Health has been unable to maintain adequate services to local communities. By providing medicines, training staff and recruiting qualified doctors and nurses, we can ensure local people will now have access to basic primary and secondary health care for the first time in months

Mali-Road-to-TimbuktuTrue to our mission to build self reliance, International Medical Corps is also already training community health workers to go out to local markets and spread essential hygiene, reproductive health and nutrition messages. We are also working to rehabilitate clinics damaged during the conflict, by building or repairing latrines, water systems, solar panel systems and other infrastructure repairs, enabling health workers to have stable and well-equipped facilities to help the people of Mali.


Basanti & Bishal's story

Basanti, a young mother of two in Nepal, returned home from fetching water for her family to find her 8-month old son Bishal had fallen into the open cooking fire. Basanti was in shock, but she wrapped her baby in blankets and ran for help. No one in their village or at the local health post knew what to do so she had to travel more than six hours by bus to seek emergency care at the closest hospital. The district hospital could only stabilize Bishal and wasn’t able to treat his wounds properly. As a result, his little fingers contracted into a fist as the burned skin contracted and “healed” over the coming year, making it impossible for him to use his hand. His cheek, lips and eyelid also contracted and tightened, threatening his vision.

After selling part of their farm to pay for transportation to Kathmandu, Basanti sought further treatment for her baby. However, two hospitals in the nation’s capital could not help either. Adding to Basanti’s struggles, her husband abandoned the family, leaving her alone to care for Bishal and his four-year-old sister.

Thankfully, Basanti heard about the surgical care available through ReSurge International, our trusted partner with a 43-year history of serving burn victims. Dr. Rai, ReSurge’s Outreach Director in Nepal, and his team restored Bishal’s eyelid and his hand will soon be surgically repaired as well.

Even though it took more than a year for him to get appropriate treatment, Bishal is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of children never get the care they need to live a normal life after a disabling burn.


Our impact through training in 2012



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