International Medical Corps is committed to providing medical support and assistance to where it is needed most. Our work takes us to the most inaccessible, dangerous and isolated areas on the planet and to make our work possible we need medicines, equipment and personnel to travel to these remote locations.
Since 1984, International Medical Corps’ Logistics staff has provided procurement, shipping and supply chain operations in more than 65 countries on four continents, responding to the world’s most challenging humanitarian crises.
International Medical Corps’ Logistics capacity has expanded exponentially since our early days in Afghanistan, when the organisation relied on a small group of dedicated volunteers for support. Today our professional team of experts are often the first onsite following a disaster and routinely handle some of the most complex logistical challenges imaginable – whether it’s airlifting ambulances onto islands in Southeast Asia, setting up a field hospital and sending doctors, nurses and medical equipment into Libya, or transporting clinic construction materials into the jungles of Liberia. All the time, continuing to support International Medical Corps’ ongoing relief programmes in 28 countries worldwide.
How logistics saves lives
International Medical Corps teams were on the ground within 22 hours of the 2010 earthquake. Upon arrival, team members immediately began preparing for the arrival of doctors, nurses, and massive amounts of medical stocks that were required to support operations in the capital of Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti.
Within two weeks, we had established and equipped 13 primary health clinics across Haiti. We also mobilized and deployed 408 medical volunteers including emergency room, intensive care, and pediatric doctors and nurses as well as mental health experts and infectious disease specialists.
Having operated in Sudan since 1994, International Medical Corps was well placed to handle challenges associated with operating in the country when the humanitarian crisis in Darfur began to unfold in early 2004. Our Logistics team was one of the first on the ground when relief workers were allowed entry into the Darfur region. They quickly established logistics hubs and a supply chain that stretched back to headquarters in the US. Within days, goods were flowing into the country enabling International Medical Corps health teams to begin working immediately.
Following the outbreak of conflict in February 2011, International Medical Corps immediately deployed emergency teams to begin delivering health services and trucking in critical medicines and supplies. Using a global and regional network of planes, trucks and ships, Logistics teams have been working with extended supply chains across severely damaged transport routes and within a highly insecure environment to successfully support our Libya operations. In just eight months we transported 147 tons of medical supplies and equipment, delivered $11 million in donated medicines, and moved, housed and equipped 206 medical staff.