IMCRA-DOJ

The IMCRA-DOJ program provides multiple medical-related support services including reference/resource information, seminars, web-based operational platforms, direct medical services and community outreach and communication assistance to clinicians, administrators, and populations impacted by the earthquake, tsunami and radiation disasters of 3-11-11. The program is continually updated for maximum relevance and utility by an ongoing needs assessment process. The current focus of the program is radiation biology, geriatrics, infectious disease and dental health.
Jun 19, 2015

After the Rubble - The Ongoing Crisis in Nepal

Dr. Neopane -Geriatric Medicine Module in Nepalese
Dr. Neopane -Geriatric Medicine Module in Nepalese

As with so many other major world disasters, only weeks after its news value has declined, few people will even remember what happened in Nepal and the ongoing crises that will be plaguing its people for years to come.

Following the total destruction of transportation and support networks in multiple areas, the limited medical care formerly available to children and the elderly in more remote areas around Kathmandu has now become no medical care.   As in so many other places worldwide, infrastructural disruption carries not only a physical and mental health burden, but political and sociological overtones as well.  People struggle to regroup and restructure in the absence of home, community and loved ones. The mental and physical problems engendered are long-term.  Short-term aid is increasingly unsuitable.

"It is great that doctors from across the globe landed in Nepal to treat the injured. But there was an oversupply in heavily populated areas, and we were not able to allot some of them their area of work. For example, there were more than 80 doctors waiting for deployment, while 250 were already working on the field."  

- Dr. Khem Karki Nepal Health Research Council

The IMCRA program transcends these difficulties by using both internet and mobile phone networks to provide continuous interactive assistance to permanent medical personnel who will be dealing with these issues for months and years.  Moreover, IMCRA has reached out to the people of Nepal not because the need is greatest there, (viz the incredible suffering and misery in Syria and Iraq), but because we can be effective and do some good in what is presently a reasonably stable cultural environment.

We have been assembling a faculty of Nepalese medical experts in crisis remediation headed by Dr. Padam Neopane of the Nepal Medical Association in the US.   These native-language educational modules are being assembled for our website and will be available to the people and medical professionals of Nepal for the next two years.

Any support received for honoraria for these dedicated professionals will be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

The IMCRA Team

Dr. Neopane -Geriatric Medicine Module in English
Dr. Neopane -Geriatric Medicine Module in English
The displaced and homeless  - long term issues
The displaced and homeless - long term issues
The enduring damage can be social and emotional
The enduring damage can be social and emotional

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Jun 18, 2015

Working with Senatorial and Congressional Partners

Hon. Jim Himes D-CT
Hon. Jim Himes D-CT

IMCRA is moving closer to its goal of maximizing Community Cyberspace effectiveness by working with U.S. congressional and senatorial leaders in Veterans Affairs

Six months ago IMCRA began discussions with Representative Jim Himes (D-CT, 4th District) on a plan that would make topnotch medical expertise available to servicepeople suffering from or at risk for post-traumatic stress pathologies.

Recently, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and staffers joined in the discussions with the aim of activating existing outreach networks and accessing sources that will enable the program to be maximally efficient.

We have also begun working in collaboration with the nonprofit FEHSF organiztion to bring this program within the reach of local law-enforcement and U.S. citizens in general.

Right now, our primary focus is finding the funding, both government and private, that will enable us to give our faculty a small honoraria for the hours they have spent and will spend providing care, preparing programs and answering queries.

With the impending growth of US involvement in the deteriorating world situation on many fronts our program will be more and more needed by the legions who have come back from some of the worst things humans can offer. Please help us help them and make this program blossom. Even small contributions will add up.

Thank you.

George Witter and the IMCRA Team

Hon. Richard Blumenthal  D-CT
Hon. Richard Blumenthal D-CT
Still waiting for help
Still waiting for help

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Mar 16, 2015

The Long Long Wait...

The Reality and the Memory
The Reality and the Memory

Say you are a U.S. serviceman or servicewoman, returning from the horrors in the Mideast.  Maybe not even so far away.  Perhaps you were a federal or local law enforcement official called to the Sandy Hook massacre or the Boston Marathon bombing.  Or for that matter, any of the myriad consequences of the nightmarish human behaviors, increasingly the province of otherwise normal-seeming people.

You find it hard to sleep, you keep having nightmares; flashbacks of obscene horrors intrude on your waking consciousness.  You begin weeping in mid-day for no apparent reason.  Quick to anger, you snap at loved ones, and someday, perhaps, you have to do something to stop the constant mental pain and anguish.

In too many cases, that something is either suicide or some form of violence against family or other innocents.  PTSD and the sequelae of traumatic brain injury are well-understood concommitants of exposure to the worst the 21st Century has to offer.  Unfortunately, there continue to be too few places to turn - and too long to wait - when the problem is finally acknowledged by the victim, or their family, or a medical professional.

For 6 months now IMCRA has been establishing and solidifying working relationships with experts in the area of Mental Health issues plaguing those who have been there when needed.  Early on, we began a partnership with Congressman Jim Himes, which has now extended to a joint collaboration with Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.  Last week we began talks with Richard Kendall of the Federal Homeland Security Foundation.  All these efforts are focused on establishing a confidential network of qualified experts who can recognize the ravages of PTSD and utilize the IMCRA program bring aid both to families and the first point-of-contact medical providers  Those professionals are an especially important target because so often, that is where the path to health stops - because of unfamiliarity with the problem leading to referrals to an overburdened and massively delayed VA healthcare system.

How to we get this network off the ground?  Your help and partnership as much as is possible.  IMCRA now needs a part-time staffer who can concentrate specifically on this complex issue and working all of the network connections that will make it successful.  Please help us help those who gave so much and now are in crisis.

Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation

 

Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation
Lost
Lost
Waiting
Waiting
PTSD Awareness
PTSD Awareness
Increasing Effectiveness
Increasing Effectiveness

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