Dr Virginia's story
Training to save lives in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake
Creating the next generation of doctors & nurses
Building capacity|Lifesaving skills|Tools to rebuild
There is currently a worldwide shortage of 7.2 million health workers, with 83 countries facing a health worker crisis as estimated by the World Health Organisation.
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa which experience some of the highest rates of disease, conflict and are prone to humanitarian disasters have the most severe shortages of doctors, nurses and midwives.
Since we were founded, International Medical Corps has been committed to building the capacity of devastated communities so that they can recover and rebuild, because we know that trained local people are the most effective and efficient way to provide long term support to communities.
Our worldwide humanitarian efforts are defined by our intense commitment to providing disaster-stricken communities the strength and skills to meet their own primary health care needs. We do this by making education and training a central part of our work. We also work closely with governments and ministries of health to strengthen the health care infrastructure at all levels. Our focus on strengthening capacity builds the kind of confidence, pride, and self-esteem essential for political stability and successful development.
Recently we taught skills that saved lives and raised hope of a better future, by training village-based traditional birth attendants in Democratic Republic of Congo, to identify early complications in pregnancy and how to refer them for higher level care.
By leveraging a donation of high-tech medical equipment including x-ray machines, ultrasounds, electrocardiographs, foetal monitors, International Medical Corps is training health workers in Darfur to use and maintain this equipment. Whilst in South Sudan International Medical Corps opened the first midwife and nurse training school in the country that suffers with a chronic shortage of skilled health workers.