International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare training, disaster relief, and long-term development programs.
Oct 16, 2012

Making It Feel Like Home

Daycare Center
Daycare Center

A year and half has passed since Japan’s tsunami and earthquake, but many people have still not been able to return home due to high radiation levels in Fukushima, the site of Japan’s nuclear meltdown following the natural disasters.

It remains crucial that Fukushima’s evacuees continue to receive the support they need to thrive in their “homes away from home.” That’s why International Medical Corps brings host and evacuee communities together to jointly engage in recovery efforts and community-building activities.

Our latest collaboration supports evacuee mothers as they return to work or seek employment. We recently opened a daycare center in Fukushima prefecture with our local partner, International Volunteer Center of Yamagata, and a group of evacuee-mothers. The center provides a safe, nurturing environment for evacuee children so that their mothers can focus on earning a living and supporting their families. It is the first local, full-time facility of its kind.  

One evacuee mother said, "When I read the news of the opening of the child care center and realized that there were people ready to support us, I was so happy that I couldn't stop crying."

Imagine that kind of joy. Know the part you played in it. And make sure to check out these photos to see what you’ve helped build

As always, thank you for your unwavering support!

P.S. Mark your calendars for Global Giving’s upcoming “Tohoku Recovery Matching Campaign.” Every dollar you donate to our Japan projects between November 1 and 15 will be matched 100% by Global Givingdoubling the impact of your investment in Japan’s future. We’ll see you back on Global Giving then!  

Oct 14, 2012

Still Going Strong in Haiti

When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, suffering in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country was nothing new. With endemic poverty, stark inequalities and persistent violence, Haiti has long been termed a “fragile state.” But we know it for its strong people. And for people like you, who have shown unwavering generosity, compassion and humanity towards Haitians.   

International Medical Corps has worked in Haiti for over 2.5 years, since mobilizing our largest emergency response to date and arriving on the ground in less than 22 hours. At the peak of the crisis, our 408 medical volunteers saw as many as 1,000 patients a day, while at the same time training over 1,505 local health care providers, launching an innovative emergency medicine development program, and working side-by-side with Haitians to rebuild a decimated health care system. When cholera broke out in October 2010, we rolled out a network of 37 cholera treatment centers though 1,100 trained Haitian health workers, treating more than 39,700 cholera patients and educating over 2 million people on cholera prevention.

As International Medical Corps’ activities in Haiti have transitioned from emergency relief to long-term development, we have increasingly focused on addressing Haiti’s shortage of trained health workers and ongoing cholera epidemic. We are currently conducting continuing medical education sessions for local health workers and providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health for cholera surveillance, control and prevention. We also provide cholera treatment and prevention services through mobile clinics in hard-to-reach communities, such as Les Cayes, in rural Southern Haiti.

In sum, our achievements over the past 2.5 years have been remarkable. All the while, your support has been invaluable. So thank you for being there every step of the way as we help Haiti rebuild and regain strength. 

Learn more about our work in Haiti and what your support has made possible. 

Sep 7, 2012

Report from South Sudan: Antonovs to Frisbees

“When the Antonovs came we had to run.”

Sitting under the shade of a tree, 20-year-old Gisma recounts her terrifying ordeal to me, fleeing Antonov bombings in her village of Kukur in Sudan’s Blue Nile State. “They bombed my home and my neighbor’s home. We had to leave right away. We took nothing with us except our livestock.” Gisma, her husband and only child, along with their parents and neighbors, then began their 7-day walk in search of safety.

Her daughter fell ill, but survived. She was lucky. “We saw many children die,” Gisma says.

Gisma’s story is frighteningly similar to so many others who fled across the border into South Sudan’s Upper Nile State: bombings of their home villages; a many days-long journey by foot; carrying little more than the clothes on their backs; witnessing sickness and death along the way. 

I recently returned from South Sudan, where International Medical Corps has been providing care for some of the more than 100,000 refugees and returnees from Sudan. One year after South Sudan’s independence, hostilities in many areas in the north – the result of decades-old disputes over land, sovereignty, oil rights, race, and religion – continue to drive civilians out of their homes.

It is sobering to watch hundreds and hundreds of children - malnourished, weak coughing, and crying - file through our clinic. Their needs are immense.

And yet… as I walk through Gendrassa refugee camp amid the thousands of tents, I notice that the camp is teeming with children laughing and playing Frisbee, parents cooking and cleaning clothes with their families and neighbors, smiling and coping and rebuilding some sort of new life.

I remember Gisma’s words, reflecting on the past, the current and the someday:“There were a lot of people shooting guns in my village. It feels peaceful here. I don’t hear the guns anymore. When the war stops I hope to go home."

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