Over the last two years, International Medical Corps has built two Reproductive Health Complexes in Kalonge and Chambucha, the first facilities of their kind to provide fistula repair. The complexes serve over 70,000 women.
Over 98% of all fistulas (gynecological ruptures) in DRC are caused by a lack of proper obstetric care. Indeed, every pregnancy carries some risk: 15% of all pregnancies have a life-threatening complication requiring emergency obstetric care. Access to qualified medical facilities and care is crucial for all pregnant women, as they are susceptible to preventable disease, disability, and death. The success of emergency maternal and reproductive medical interventions relies as much on well-equipped facilities and well-trained personnel as it does on timeliness. At the Reproductive Health Complexes, women can get the proper care to prevent and treat fistulas and other obstetric complications.
In addition to general reproductive health care at the two Reproductive Health Complexes, women can also seek treatment for sexual gender-based violence. 1,762 sexual gender-based violence survivors received care at 65 supported health facilities, and 842 survivors were provided with post-exposure prophylaxis. The stigma surrounding sexual gender-based violence is strong, and often prevents women from going to a health facility for care as they want to prevent drawing attention to their situation.
International Medical Corps' efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo would not have been possible without your help. We thank you for your generosity as we continue our focus on women in the DRC, and we welcome your continued support.
With International Medical Corps’ help, Libya continues the transition from conflict to rebuilding. International Medical Corps has shifted attention from Emergency Medical Care to rehabilitation services for the injured and disabled (or those born with disabilities).
In addition to providing support to hospitals and clinics, International Medical Corps also worked with local groups for the disabled to strengthen the capacity of leadership, host community events, and provide vital information on health care and well-being.
One such group, The Blue Eye, was established in April 2012 in Jadu, Libya, to address the needs for people with disabilities in the Western Mountains.
“We said to ourselves that the situation has changed, and now we have a free Libya. Disabled persons need their rights, but before they get their rights, they need to know them and demand them,” says Anwar, one of the Founders of The Blue Eye. In addition to the capacity-building activities, International Medical Corps also trained senior members of The Blue Eye and provided the organization with tool kits and training to manage home modifications and home assessments for construction of ramps and accessible entrances.
“Our aim was to empower these organizations in the Western Mountains by providing them with the tools and knowledge about standard measurements for building ramps and modifying home entrances as part of their field work with the disabled persons in the Western Mountains,” said Fadi Daccache, International Medical Corps’ occupational therapy specialist.
This is just one example of International Medical Corps’ work in Libya. In 2013, International Medical Corps will continue to provide support to Libyan health facilities for rehabilitation and related medical and community activities. We thank you for your generosity, and hope you will continue to support our efforts in Libya.
It has been two years since a 9.0 earthquake devastated Japan, initiating a massive tsunami and radiation crisis. International Medical Corps is still responding in Japan, and this is your chance to support our work. Global Giving is matching donations one-to-one from March 1st to March 15th, up to $1,000 per donor. Your donation will immediately be doubled, amplifying International Medical Corps’ efforts two-fold.
It gets better. On March 11th, to mark the two-year anniversary of the earthquake, Global Giving will match donations two-to-one, up to $1,000 per donor. Your ten-dollar donation becomes thirty dollars. Your hundred-dollar donation becomes $300. Your $1,000 donation becomes $3,000. This unique opportunity to multiply your gift enables International Medical Corps to continue our critical efforts in Japan.
Today, International Medical Corps continues to work in Japan, partnering with local organizations to reach families with critical services in Fukushima Prefecture.
“Due to complications from the nuclear plant accident, many residents have been forced to evacuate their homes in Fukushima and are still living either in temporary housing sites or in rented apartments. Countless survivors are still struggling to rebuild their lives after the disaster without knowing when or if they can return home,” says Yumi Terahata, International Medical Corps’ Country Representative in Japan. “International Medical Corps is committed to working with local partners to address the long-term needs of the Japanese people.”
Today, International Medical Corps has built on its collaboration with local Japanese agencies to address ongoing humanitarian needs and support disaster-affected communities in becoming more resilient.
This is your chance to help.
Only $100,000 is available for matching funds, so donate now!
International Medical Corps thanks you for your continued support and interest in our Japan programming. We look forward to giving you continued updates on the Global Giving site, and encourage you to visit www.internationalmedicalcorps.org for further information on our programming worldwide.