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International Medical Corps Establishes Middle East, Africa and Asia Support Hub

International Medical Corps, a global, humanitarian, nongovernmental relief organisation with the mission to save lives, reduce suffering and build self-reliance, has established a new hub in Dubai to serve as a support for its operations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. International Medical Corps UAE will leverage its strong ties in the region to save lives and to strengthen…read more →

Emergency Response Team Deployed to Assess Humanitarian Needs in Ukraine Amid Escalating Violence

        An International Medical Corps Emergency Response team is deploying to Ukraine to monitor and address health needs as rising violence threatens a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Ongoing protests over the last 3 months turned deadly with at least 70-100 reported killed in the past week. In addition, hundreds of protesters and police officers have been injured in…read more →

Violence in Malakal South Sudan restricts access to healthcare

      International Medical Corps’ team of humanitarian first responders on the ground in Malakal call on all sides in the fighting to cease hostilities so they can continue to deliver essential humanitarian assistance to nearly 30,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) at the UN base in the town. As reported by international media and the South Sudanese government, the…read more →

With your help in 2013

With your help in 2013, we responded to major emergencies in India, The Philippines, and Syria while continuing our lifesaving medical care and training programs in 30 countries worldwide. Thank you!      

Hundreds of thousands of children at risk from malaria in Central African Republic as President resigns

Following today’s resignation of Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, International Medical Corps is concerned that an escalation in violence will hinder the delivery of critical relief, at a time when 40 percent of children under 5 are being diagnosed with malaria at the organisation’s clinics in the capital of Bangui. More than half a…read more →

UK government to provide clean water and shelter for South Sudan crisis

The following is taken from a UK Department for International Development press release, available at: www.gov.uk/government/news/greening-clean-water-and-shelter-for-south-sudan-crisis International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced that Britain will provide a new package of clean water, shelter and urgent medical care for more than 150,000 people fleeing violence in South Sudan. Leading British and international charities, with support from the UK’s Rapid Response…read more →

Clinics opened for displaced families in Bangui, Central African Republic

The security and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has increased as the fighting has escalated. There are now an estimated 614,000 people displaced from their homes across the country, of which 189,000 are in the capital Bangui, mainly seeing refuge at religious sites and the airport. Priority needs…read more →

CAR Crisis: International Medical Corps Remains on the Ground and Prepares for Rising Humanitarian Needs

Government and armed rebel forces in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) capital of Bangui have continued to engage in conflict since December 5, with civilians caught in the crossfire – nearly 400 have been killed since Thursday. Having operated in CAR since 2007, International Medical Corps’ local teams are monitoring ongoing developments and are responding to the escalating humanitarian crisis…read more →

International Medical Corps Saddened by Tragic Loss of Staff Member

It is with great sadness that International Medical Corps confirms the death of one of its staff members in the Central African Republic (CAR), who was killed by unidentified gunmen in his home during the violent clashes in the capital Bangui on December 5, 2013. Clement Ouinga, aged 45 and a father of 5, had worked for International Medical Corps…read more →

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

  Today International Medical Corps teams around the world pay tribute to the life and legacy of a true humanitarian. All those, wherever they are, who have pursued a life in the service of their fellow men and women will mourn the passing yesterday of Nelson Mandela. His courage and grace in the face of unimaginable adversity serves as a…read more →

Haiti

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.

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Libya

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.

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Mali

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.

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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.

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Our impact through training in 2012

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Our Mother Care Group Approach

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Read more about our community based approach to prevention and treatment of malnutrition

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