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.
May 15, 2012

Supporting the Men and Women of Libya

Igbal & International Medical Corps Staff
Igbal & International Medical Corps Staff

During Libya’s civil war, Igbal and other women in her community sold their jewelry to provide food for men fighting on the frontlines. She was compelled to start For Our Country, an association run by rural women who delivered food and other essentials to fighters. Today, her women's group serves as a place for women and girls to gather, supports families, and offers livelihood training programs.

International Medical Corps has provided sewing machines, fabric cutting machines, and a steam press to Igbal's organization, which will be used to provide income-generating opportunities for women and girls. In addition, our staff organized trainings with For Our Country around gender-based violence. 

To learn more about our work with Igbal and For Our Country, as well as our continuing programs in Libya, visit: http://internationalmedicalcorps.org/libya

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May 10, 2012

A Message from Mother and Actress Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw, Actress & Supporter
Jessica Capshaw, Actress & Supporter
I have so much to celebrate this Mother's day. I am so grateful to my husband, Christopher and my two children, Luke and Eve (and our third baby who is on the way) for making me a Mom. Being a Mom has been my most important job to date and I take my job very seriously and I have a lot of fun doing it.

At the same time, I realize how lucky I am to have something that too many mothers don't have: access to medical care that supports their health and that of their families. Maternal health remains a staggering challenge, particularly in the developing world. Globally, a woman dies from complications in childbirth every minute.

On "Grey's Anatomy," I play Arizona Robbins, a pediatric surgeon fiercely determined to give mothers the chance to see their children grow up healthy. In the real world, I see this dedication in the courageous and committed health professionals who work for International Medical Corps. They are the ones saving lives in some of the world's toughest environments – places like Darfur, Afghanistan, the Congo and Haiti. They are making motherhood the blessing that it should be, instead of the health risk that it can be.

International Medical Corps has made women and children's health and well-being high priorities in its work since its founding in 1984, recognizing this as the key to promoting health and building self-reliant communities in the most vulnerable and underserved places. On the frontlines of disaster and despair, International Medical Corps provides lifesaving antenatal and postnatal care, trains midwives and traditional birth attendants, improves access to obstetric equipment and health facilities, and educates health workers as well as parents on healthy nutrition and childrearing practices. Their teams work closely with local communities to promote safe motherhood and childcare in a sustainable way, ultimately strengthening the resilience of families, communities and nations.

On a day traditionally reserved for celebrating mothers I would like to also celebrate the work that International Medical Corps is doing for Mothers - helping give so many women and children around the world the futures they deserve.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

 

Jessica Capshaw

May 7, 2012

Update from the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 5 people have been killed in clashes between army forces and supporters of General Bosco Ntaganda (wanted by the International Criminal Court). More than 4,500 refugees have crossed the border into Rwanda with more waiting at the border.  There is an urgent need for medicine, amid fears of looting of health facilities and widespread displacement. 

International Medical Corps is monitoring the situation and preparing to deploy if needed. 

Give today and your support can help us respond to crises like this in the Congo, while continuing long-term recovery efforts.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

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