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Armed conflict between militant fundamentalists and Pakistani security forces in recent years has created the world’s largest displaced population, including 1.8 million refugees—mainly from Afghanistan—and an undetermined number of internally displaced Pakistanis.

Floods in 2010 and again in 2011 put as much as one-fifth of Pakistan’s land area underwater and officials estimate that up to 20 million people were affected.

 

Our work in Pakistan

International Medical Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1984. We initially provided basic paramedical training to young Afghan refugees. Our assistance extended in 1999 to the local Pakistani population in volatile frontier areas and in 2005, we were among the first to respond to a massive earthquake in the region. In 2010 we were again among first respondents to the devastating floods across the country.

Today, International Medical Corps provides medical services and water and sanitation facilities to internally-displaced Pakistanis and Afghan refugees in the frontier areas. We operate an emergency obstetrics care centre in Peshawar and most recently, launched an ECHO-funded programme to provide emergency primary health care, including reproductive health, mental health and nutrition services to flood-affected populations in Sindh province. International Medical Corps currently has more than 750 national staff members working in Pakistan.

 

Comprehensive Basic Health Services
International Medical Corps continues to ensure access to quality comprehensive basic primary and reproductive healthcare. Our work includes obstetric care with a community-based focus at Basic Health Units (BHUs) located in Afghan refugee camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. We also provide material and technical support to BHUs operated by local.

Across key under-served regions, we provide health education either at clinics or through traditional birth attendants and community health care workers. In addition, we offer vocational and literacy courses to refugees in Buner, Peshawar and Swabi Districts, and strengthen cross-border information sharing practices to make resources accessible to returning refugees in Afghanistan. We also operate a programme that supports gender-based violence prevention and management measures

Primary Healthcare
International Medical Corps teams currently provide primary health care services to displaced Pakistanis in four administrative districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). We offer the same services to returnees in two additional districts, including ten health care facilities in the Swat Valley, which witnessed some of the region’s heaviest fighting in 2009.

These services focus on maternal-child health issues, psychosocial support and health education. Recognising a critical gap in the local health care cover, International Medical Corps provides emergency referral services to the IDP and returnee population transporting patients by ambulance from outlying clinics to our facilities.

We have also repaired a network of government-built clinics badly damaged in fighting in Swat, Buner and Dera Ishmail Khan districts.

Water and Sanitation
In the Kohat and Hangu districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, International Medical Corps provides water and sanitation facilities to IDPs currently living in the area. Our efforts include the construction of latrines, washrooms, water tanks, distribution systems and soak pits for about 500 families. In Kohat, we plan to install 30 hand pumps in the camp areas to benefit an estimated 6,000 local residents and Afghan refugees.


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Our Donors

International Medical Corps UK recognises the invaluable support of the following European donors to make our work possible.

 

 

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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