Thanks to our partners, Reinvention Wheels, Inc. and USAID, we can now provide Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and treatment services in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We have just received a generous donation of 100 bicycles and safety helmets to assist in providing medical, psychological, social, legal, and economic services for GBV survivors. With the addition of these bicycles, volunteers can now easily provide services in remote areas inaccessible by car.
“We are tremendously grateful to Reinvention Wheels for providing this vital tool in helping us reach even more survivors”, said Jim Campbell, the International Medical Corps’ DRC County Director.
Just two days after the fighting broke out in February, International Medical Corps was one of the first NGOs to enter Libya and almost 7 months later, our teams are still on the ground. In total, we have 29 ex-pat staff and more than 100 national staff working in eastern and western Libya and at the Tunisian border.
Arriving in Tripoli in the midst of the conflict on August 22nd, an International Medical Corps’ emergency response team, composed of relief experts, orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, and anesthesiologists, cared for the wounded and brought lifesaving medications and supplies. They found the greatest health care needs are orthopedic equipment, oxygen, and narcotic pain medications. Right now, our teams continue to support health care needs in Tripoli with staffing support at the Al Khadra hospital and capacity-building trainings at Mitiga hospital and the Tripoli Medical Center.
In Eastern Libya, we began our Physical Rehabilitation for War-Wounded Casualties in Benghazi, with the first patients being seen for assessments shortly afterwards. We are also running mobile medical teams, filling staffing gaps, providing trainings in gender-based violence and psychological first aid, and establishing a hotline for survivors of gender-based violence.
International Medical Corps is committed to helping the people of Libya recover from the violence, rebuild, and become self-reliant, creating a stable, more secure future.
Thank you so much for your support.
Recent flooding in southern Pakistan has disrupted health services in 22 out of 23 districts in Sindh province. Flood waters have resulted in 226 deaths and damaged or destroyed more than one million homes – approximately 5.3 million people have been affected.
Having already deployed to Sindh in response to the 2010 floods, International Medical Corps has been delivering services at government health facilities throughout the region since October 2010. We have mobilized our local medical teams in response to the recent flooding and will focus on assessing needs and responding as necessary.
According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) there is an immediate need to control communicable diseases which could quickly spread by stagnant floodwaters. In addition, among the one million women of reproductive age affected by floods in the region, more than 100,000 are pregnant and may require medical assistance, according to UNFPA estimates.
Since the beginning of September, International Medical Corps medical teams in Sindh provided 6,621 health consultations. Among the most commonly reported illnesses were acute watery diarrhea, acute respiratory illness, malaria and scabies. International Medical Corps also provided psychosocial support to 39 individuals and health and hygiene education to 2,289. In the first two weeks of September, data from our field teams indicates an increase in the number of consultations of approximately 35 percent due to the recent flooding.
Medical teams are continuously providing emergency health services, including reproductive health and hygiene education. International Medical Corps is also installing hand pumps and latrines as well as providing rehabilitation of basic health units throughout Sindh.
Since immediately deploying local teams in 2010 to respond to the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan, International Medical Corps has provided more than 1.4 million patient consultations through a network of mobile and static health clinics throughout Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkwa provinces. A year after this disaster, International Medical Corps continues to prioritize long-term primary health care services, including mental health, to help those who remain without access to vital resources. As needs have shifted from acute emergency relief to long-term health services and capacity-strengthening, International Medical Corps has expanded existing programs in Pakistan to include Nutrition, Protection, Economic Recovery, Livelihood Activities, and Health Facility Rehabilitation.