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.
Sep 7, 2012

Uniting Evacuee Communities in Fukushima

A Taiko drum team performs for evacuees.
A Taiko drum team performs for evacuees.

As part of our work to address the long-term needs of earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, we’re supporting seven community spaces in temporary housing sites in Minami-Soma City and two community spaces in shopping malls in Iwaki City. 

With the help of one of our local partners, Shapla Neer, one of the spaces we're supporting is called Buratto, which roughly translates into "swinging by".  The community space is open six days a week in a shopping mall that is easily accessible to those living in the neighborhood.  It offers a kids’ corner, a safe alternative for parents who feel uncomfortable letting their children play outside due to concerns about radiation exposure in Fukushima.  

These community spaces are bringing together host and evacuee communities to support each other through the rebuilding process.  We’re able to provide these safe spaces for survivors because of your support.  On behalf of all of us at International Medical Corps, thank you!

Wanage is a popular pastime among evacuees.
Wanage is a popular pastime among evacuees.
Handicrafts made by evacuees.
Handicrafts made by evacuees.

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Sep 4, 2012

Delivering Twins Safely in the Congo

Adeline
Adeline's healthy baby boys.

 

Adeline was panicked.  The 22-year-old was in intense pain and bleeding after being in labor with twins for hours.  She arrived at Therese’s home, one of International Medical Corps’ trained birth attendants, at 2am.  Therese quickly assessed her condition and realized the babies were in the breech position, which could cause brain damage or death for the newborns.  

Therese advised Adeline’s family to take her immediately to the emergency obstetric facility in Biruwe Town for advanced care. Unfortunately, Adeline’s relatives didn’t have enough money to pay for transport to the health center which is located almost 20 miles away. Therese contacted Tresor, the Village Health Committee Coordinator, who was able to get four neighbors to take Adeline to the health center on an improvised stretcher down the bumpy road to Biruwe.

Once they arrived at the emergency facility, Esperance, a midwife trained in Emergency Obstetric Care by International Medical Corps, helped Adeline successfully deliver two healthy baby boys.

As a result of their newly-acquired skills and with critical help from the Village Health Committee, Esperance and Therese saved three lives in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

Over the last year, we’ve trained 146 Trained Birth Attendants in the North Kivu region of Congo.  These trained health workers provide pregnant women and newborns within their own communities with the critical care they need. 

We’re able to train men and women like Esperance and Therese because of supporters like you.  Thank you for your generosity! 

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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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