The story of Mawah
Helping villagers in Mawah, Liberia recover from the trauma of Ebola
Nurturing Community Driven Wellness
Communal Health|Education |Support
Families and communities remain central to the well-being of all who are part of them—from the very young to the very old. The strength and health of these fundamental social building blocks lie at the core of achieving the United Nations-led effort to attain the Sustainable Development Goals for ending poverty and advancing social development and better health for all by 2030.
International Medical Corps works within the communities we serve, liaising with both residents and their leaders to promote and support programs and other efforts that improve access to basic health services for all residents and for the community as a whole.
An example of this approach, known as integrated community-based case management, is used to treat common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea, chest infections, malaria and acute malnutrition, relies on the communities’ own people—community health workers and village health committees—to conduct health education, promotion and social behaviour change communication.
Actively seeking out and involving community residents is key to implementing effective community-level programs and International Medical Corps pursues this approach at every stage of the program cycle. We believe community ownership and stewardship are crucial to have sustainable programs that ultimately contribute to better health outcomes for all.
Family and Community Health programs and other efforts that target the population as a whole are crucial in order to meet public health needs, especially for those living in fragile environments.
International Medical Corps works at the community level to promote health, prevent disease and assure that all family members have the opportunity to survive and thrive. It is a holistic approach that ensures even those living in precarious conditions can benefit from comprehensive quality health care services. At the same time, we develop and promote healthy habits and practices that can last a lifetime and contribute to building resilient communities.
As part of this process, International Medical Corps engages both local government and community leaders as partners to help local residents identify their own health priorities and needs, then explore the available local resources to meet them.