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.
Aug 30, 2012

Bringing Care to Rural Libya

Photo: Jaya Vadlamudi/International Medical Corps
Photo: Jaya Vadlamudi/International Medical Corps

If the Kalaa Health Clinic didn’t exist, residents of this tiny village would need to travel 4 hours to the nearest health care center. 

Due to the war, rural communities like the town of Kalaa in the Western Mountains of Libya often lack access to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.  With your support, International Medical Corps has been able to bring doctors, critical medicines and nurse training to Kalaa and throughout Libya. 

And the need is great.  Dr. Salim Bin, a general practitioner from neighboring Tunisia providing patient consultations for local families says: “We see every kind of disease, especially chronic disease like high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism.  In the winter time, we see respiratory infections. For kids we see all kinds of childhood diseases.”

In addition, we’re also conducting trainings for nurses in vital skills including wound care, sterilization and psychological first aid.  Slowly, we’re helping rebuild Libya’s health system, training a new generation of health workers to bring care to their own communities. 

“There is nobody here to continue to help this health system in this transitional step. We must continue this work,” says Dr. Bin. 

Thanks to your help, after years of conflict we’re working to restore hope to these devastated communities.  We’re able to reach these families because of your generosity.  Thank you!

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Jun 11, 2012

Thousands of Refugees Crossing Border

Photo: Dr. Mukesh/International Medical Corps 2012
Photo: Dr. Mukesh/International Medical Corps 2012

Ongoing conflict and rising hunger levels are driving tens of thousands of refugees into Upper Nile State from the north.  UNHCR predicts an additional 40,000 refugees will be crossing the border over the next month.

Cases of malnutrition among refugees are high and the situation is becoming urgent.  Many refugees come with stories of 15-day treks across the border, where they were forced to eat leaves and insects to survive.  The fear is that the severely malnourished aren’t getting the immediate care they need to survive, while moderate cases will deteriorate without interventions. 

We are deploying an emergency response team to assess the situation and provide emergency health and nutrition services. To date, International Medical Corps has treated 3,107 patients over the course of 15 days and made 15 referrals to the Juba Teaching Hospital for advanced care. With support from UNFPA and the local Ministry of Health, International Medical Corp has also been hosting an antenatal care clinic, which has reached 67 pregnant women. On May 28 our staff delivered the first baby in the clinic, a healthy baby boy.

We promise to keep you updated on our response as the situation unfolds. 

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Jun 11, 2012

50% Closer to Changing a Life

We have exciting news we’d like to share with you!  Starting at 12:01 am EDT on June 13th, GlobalGiving will match online donations to our projects at 50%. 

This means that your gift will go 50% further to help families affected by tragedy overcome difficult obstacles for a happier, healthier future.

Consider giving again to Save a Mom's Life in the Congo or see our many other projects helping devastated communities worldwide recover and rebuild.

And there is more.

The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.  And an additional $1,000 will be given to the organization with the most unique donors

There are $75,000 available in matching funds – we need you to act fast before they’re gone!  If you’ve been waiting for the right time to give, Wednesday is the day.  Please don’t hesitate.

Our lifesaving work is possible because of you.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

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