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.
Mar 11, 2013

Two Years Since The Earthquake and Tsunami

International Medical Corps’ work in Japan continues.

  • International Medical Corps is prioritizing support for Fukushima’s evacuee-children. Through partner IVY, we are supporting the first day care center for children of displaced families. The majority of IVY caretakers are themselves evacuee-mothers from Fukushima. We also worked with Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR) to install playground equipment for the Gangoya Temporary Housing Complex, which is home to 264 families.
  • One major area of need identified by local organizations was the lack of places where displaced residents could go to alleviate feelings of anxiety and loneliness. International Medical Corps is supporting partners JVC, Shapla Neer and The People to run community spaces throughout Fukushima Prefecture where evacuees can meet other evacuees, receive psychological support and critical information about available resources, and take part in recreational workshops and activities.

On March 11thGlobal Giving is matching donations to International Medical Corps’ Japan programming two-to-one! Your generous donation will be tripled, providing three times the impact and three times the results in regions of Japan still recovering from the earthquake and tsunami.

Your gift will build community centers and daycares, providing key meeting areas for affected populations that need places for support. Your gift will also support long-term disaster preparedness planning throughout Japan, bringing together the Japanese government, local Japanese organizations, and international non-governmental organizations for an integrated, holistic approach to preparing for the next disaster.

Your dollars make a difference, especially on March 11th. Please donate and help Japan’s recovery.

Mar 8, 2013

Supporting Mothers and Nutrition

In South Sudan, International Medical Corps continues to provide life-saving interventions throughout the country. In Akobo County, Jonglei State, one of International Medical Corps’ pillar programs focuses on childhood nutrition.

By utilizing mother support groups, International Medical Corps is implementing social and behavioral change communication to prevent of acute and chronic malnutrition. These mother support groups, led by International Medical Corps-trained mothers, provide information on improving infant and young child feeding and care skills.

Mother support groups, which are based on the care group model and have been adapted to fit local context, focus on the promotion of breast-feeding and complementary feeding, good nutrition and health practices, hygiene, and other key themes for mothers of young children.

By addressing nutrition through mothers and caregivers, International Medical Corps is able to attack malnutrition before it begins, saving hundreds of children from suffering. This is your chance to help. Donate today, and help save a child’s life in South Sudan.

This is only one example of our programming in South Sudan. International Medical Corps continues to provide relief in refugee camps, as well as emergency medicine training and primary health care throughout the country. Your generosity can be a part of the change in South Sudan. Donate today.

Mar 5, 2013

Recovery Efforts in East Africa

Recovery efforts from East Africa’s drought continue. International Medical Corps operates in many of the drought-stricken areas, including Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Today, our focus is on creating sustainable solutions that will save lives in the future.

In Kenya, multiple rainwater harvesting projects will allow communities to gather and store rainwater, providing relief for both the population and their livestock. Prior to the installation of the rainwater harvesting systems, children would miss school as their families searched farther and farther from home for water. Livestock died from thirst, placing severe burdens on parents with families to feed. In these communities, water committees are developed through local leadership to establish a sustainable method of maintaining and sharing the systems.

In Ethiopia, our nutrition teams work to provide key information for caretakers on child nutrition. International Medical Corps teaches preventative strategies of malnutrition, stopping the problem before it starts. Adjacent to this, International Medical Corps also provides emergency feeding programs which offer therapeutic nutrition and essential nutrition support to households.

In Somalia, International Medical Corps improved access to safe water supply through rehabilitation of water sources. Berkhads are traditional water reservoirs that in many areas of Somalia are the only source of water for households and livestock in the dry season.  They are manmade and usually sunk into the ground with a stone or brick wall and then plastered to minimize water leakage.  They catch rain water and runoff in the rainy season and this water is then used through the dry season. 

However, many berkhads are cracked from poor maintenance, allowing the leakage of precious water.  Most berkhads are not fenced, allowing animals to drink directly from them and risking contamination of water.  Neither are most berkhads covered, which also increases risk of contamination as well as increasing water loss through evaporation.  By rehabilitating these berkhads to address these issues, access to clean water has dramatically increased and enabled improvement of both household health and the health of the livestock these households depend on for food and income. 

International Medical Corps’ response to the East Africa drought continues. There is still work to be done in these countries, and we appreciate every dollar donated to our efforts. Without you, our accomplishments would not be possible. Thank you!

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