More than a year ago, the northern coast of Japan was decimated following a massive earthquake and tsunami. Countless people lost their lives, homes and business were destroyed, and radiation fears due to the damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima have added to the emotional toll of the disaster, as communities continue the long process of recovery.
International Medical Corps was on-the-ground 48 hours after the earthquake, reaching 20,000 people at evacuation centers.
Since then, we’ve partnered with local organizations and the Japanese government to:
Our progress was possible thanks to your generosity. Please, take some time today and read our 1-year report detailing our work in Japan since March 2011.
And on behalf of all of us at International Medical Corps, thank you so much for your support!
On January 12, 2010, our teams responded to the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, arriving on-the-ground within 22 hours of the crisis. We’re still in Haiti today, providing lifesaving medical care to thousands. And at every step of our response over the last two years, we’ve been training local staff and health workers to save lives and provide care within their own communities.
The impact was clear recently when Dr. Vital Hervé, a doctor working at the Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti, saved his patient’s life using a technique he learned during International Medical Corps’ Emergency Course for Doctors.
His patient was very sick, went into shock, and would have otherwise died. However, Dr. Hervé, realizing the dire situation from only his first week of training in the four-week emergency course, quickly identified that fluid around his patient’s heart was about to kill him.
Using a technique known as pericardiocentesis, he was able to relieve pressure on the heart. The patient instantly improved and felt dramatically better, going from severe extremis to breathing comfortably and requesting food to eat for the first time in days.
“Without the International Medical Corps course I would not have known what to do; I cannot thank them enough.”
This Sunday is the Academy Awards©. Millions will be watching as Hollywood recognizes the past year's most acclaimed films. That got us thinking: what if we could get even a small fraction of those millions to show their support for saving lives and rebuilding communities devastated by disease, conflict, and natural disaster?
That's where you come into "the picture".
Before the Academy Awards© this Sunday, we want to add 1,000 new Facebook supporters. "Like" us on Facebook today and help us reach our goal before February 26. When you "like" us on Facebook and share our posts, you're helping more and more people to find out about our lifesaving work. And when more people know how they can help, we can restore health and hope to more communities around the world!"Like" us on Facebook today and don't forget to share with your friends, so they can be part of the campaign too!Thank you. We know we can count on your support!