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International Medical Corps is working with schools, colleges and universities around the UK to deepen the engagement of young people with the issues of humanitarian aid, global health and the international consequences of conflict and poverty.

The best way for students, teachers and schools to get involved with International Medical Corps’ work is through our Humanitarian Ambassador Scheme.

 

Humanitarian Ambassadors

We are looking for young people in the UK, who share our passion for building a safer, healthier world, to join the International Medical Corps’ Humanitarian Ambassador Scheme.

 

How it Works

As a Humanitarian Ambassador you will play a vital role in our work saving lives and rebuilding communities affected by disasters, conflict and poverty.

Humanitarian Ambassadors help us to spread the word about our work, share ideas and spark debates about humanitarian aid and global health. The action you take includes a mixture of fundraising and awareness raising activities in your school or local community as well as opportunities to get creative in writing or film-making, to spread the message even wider.

International Medical Corps provides ideas, advice and all of the materials and support you need to make your activities a success. We also celebrate our Humanitarian Ambassadors at the end of each school year with formal recognition of the important role you play in our work.

Full details of how we reward your involvement in the Scheme can be found in the Ambassador information pack.

 

How to get involved

The scheme has three levels, which allows you to get more involved depending on your age and how much time you have to contribute. Have a look at the different levels of the scheme and decide which type of Humanitarian Ambassador you want to be.

 

  • Speak to your school and teachers

If you want to get involved in the Humanitarian Ambassador Scheme, you need to find a teacher who is willing to help supervise the Scheme. Think of this as your first activity- finding a teacher that shares your enthusiasm and convincing them to help you take part

All the information that teachers need to know can be downloaded here in the Ambassador school and teacher pack

 

  • Get in Touch

We like to know all about our Humanitarian Ambassadors, so get in touch via e-mail. Once you have registered with us, we can provide advice, materials and whatever help you need.

Who to contact: Josh Harris – jharris@internationalmedicalcorps.org.uk  

  • Get started

Download the activities Ambassador activities pack and start planning to take action today.

 

Information for Schools & Teachers

We are looking for young people with an interest in humanitarian issues to take action within schools. International Medical Corps will support these Humanitarian Ambassadors, along with their teachers and schools with everything they need to turn their enthusiasm into meaningful action.

For full details of the benefits for students and schools to participate in the scheme, please see our dedicated page Humanitarian Ambassador scheme for Teachers or download the information pack here

 

Cheerleaders from London Eclipse perform at an event organised by students from schools across Islington

 

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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