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Our History

Our History

30 years in review

The establishment of International Medical Corps in 1984 ushered in a new and different kind of relief agency. By providing health care through training, International Medical Corps challenged—indeed, changed—the very definition of relief work.

Timeline

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1984

1984

Charity founded

Assisted by a team of fellow medics, Dr Robert Simon forms a charity: International Medical Corps. On our first mission, we train and support mid-level health workers in Afghanistan. This is an innovative new model that we will go on to reproduce around the world.International Medical Corps along with other relief agencies were prepared to expand programming during a humanitarian pause in fighting scheduled to run through to the end of Ramadan from 10th to 17th July. However, airstrikes and clashes have continued into the pause period. A genuine pause is important to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those who need it most.

2002

2002

UK charity

International Medical Corps UK is founded as an independent UK charity, working in close partnership with our US operation. 

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2003

2003

Iraq response

We begin work in Iraq. We remain one of the only humanitarian agencies to have operated in Iraq uninterrupted since 2003, helping to rebuild the country’s health infrastructure.

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2004

2004

Tsunami response

We are one of the first responders to the 2004 Boxing Day south-east Asia Tsunami in Sri Lanka and isolated communities of Indonesia.

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2007

2007

War in Sierra Leone

Our work with families affected by the brutal war in Sierra Leone leads to an innovative approach to addressing the mental health needs of mothers and children – delivered at the same time as our nutrition programmes. 

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2010

2010

Earthquake in Haiti

In Haiti, we are on the ground providing emergency medical care and assistance within 24 hours of the earthquake. We deploy more than 400 medical volunteers and help tackle the devastating Cholera outbreak.

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