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.
Apr 20, 2016

Delivering Sanitation Care for Earthquake-Affected Families and Individuals

Latrines to support evacuation centers
Latrines to support evacuation centers

International Medical Corps' Emergency Response team arrived in Kumamoto, Japan, this past weekend, to support the Government of Japan’s response efforts following the April 14 and April 16 earthquakes. On April 19, in coordination with local authorities, the team delivered temporary emergency latrines to two evacuation centers in Mashiki to ease the growing strain on hygiene resources. One of the centers, which opened after the first earthquake hit on April 14, was damaged in the larger 7.0-magnitude earthquake that followed and is now accommodating thousands of people who are sleeping in their cars in the parking lot.

The team will provide additional toilets to other evacuation centers across Kumamoto in an effort to accommodate the hundreds of people currently seeking temporary shelter. International Medical Corps is also working to set up temporary showers and distribute personal hygiene items and basic relief supplies at evacuation centers. Moving forward, International Medical Corps is identifying local partners to support ongoing recovery efforts.

Casualties from the earthquakes now reaches at least 44 with an additional 1,100 people injured. On the island of Kyushu, where the earthquakes occurred, rescue personnel are still trying to access villages in remote mountainous areas that are cut off by damaged roads and landslides. More than 1,000 evacuation centers of varying size have been established by the Japanese government and local relief organizations. The government is providing food, but has stated that additional food items, as well as water, medical services, and relief supplies, are still needed, and is scaling support.  

We thank you for your continued support as we work to address identified needs and support relief and recovery in Japan. 

Apr 20, 2016

Need for Hygiene and Sanitation in Evacuation Centers

Toppled house in Nishihara
Toppled house in Nishihara

International Medical Corps' emergency response team is on the ground with our Japan colleagues and reached the epicenter of the quake in Kumamoto. The team is mobilizing support for local communities as part of the Government of Japan’s response efforts following the earthquakes that rocked the area late last week.

“The strong response from the Government of Japan is to be commended, and our team has witnessed the incredible strength and resilience of the Japanese people in the face of these earthquakes,” said Chris Skopec, Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at International Medical Corps. “International Medical Corps is deploying additional emergency response personnel to Kumamoto as well as recruiting local staff to scale up our efforts.  As we learn the extent of the damage, we will work to support the government of Japan and our local partners as needed during the relief and recovery efforts.”

To date, more than 181,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Kumamoto and are staying in shelters, community centers, and outdoors. Forty-one people were killed in the two earthquakes and another 1,000 were injured, according to local disaster management authorities. In Kumamoto Prefecture, the second larger earthquake caused buildings to collapse, road damage, and mudslides and disrupted power supply for 100,000 people and water supply for 400,000 people.

In coordination with local authorities and in support of the government’s already strong response efforts, the Emergency Response Team assessed needs at four evacuation centers in Mashiki, Nishihara, Minamiaso, and Choyo, where they found that there were not enough latrines to accommodate the hundreds of people currently seeking temporary shelter. Moreover, with more than 440 recorded aftershocks, many families and individuals residing in evacuation sites are fearful to return to their homes. International Medical Corps is now working to provide emergency toilets and distribute personal hygiene items, such as soap and toothbrushes, and basic relief supplies at evacuation centers throughout the affected area. Teams are also identifying local partners to support recovery efforts in the days and weeks ahead.  

International Medical Corps thanks you and the GlobalGiving community for your support as we help those affected by the earthquakes recover. 

Evacuation center in Mashiki
Evacuation center in Mashiki
Destruction from the earthquakes
Destruction from the earthquakes
Impact of the earthquakes
Impact of the earthquakes
Apr 20, 2016

Support for Emergency Relief Efforts in Wake of Deadly Earthquake in Ecuador

The worst earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades has killed more than 400 people and injured at least 4,000, with figures expected to rise in the days to come. An additional 200 people are reported missing and the national government has declared a state of emergency for the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Ríos, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas, and Santo Domingo. 

In support of the Government of Ecuador’s response efforts, International Medical Corps has deployed an emergency response expert to help provide relief in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the country on April 16. Longtime First Responder Dr. Robert Fuller, who will arrive in country with much-needed wound and fracture care supplies, will join a team of local medical professionals to assess needs in Portoviejo and Esmeralda, two of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake.

The team will work to quickly identify the best ways International Medical Corps can provide support to local organizations and health facilities to help them recover. The team also plans to visit the Naval Hospital in Esmeralda, where Dr. Fuller has often worked as a visiting physician, to identify opportunities to support the facility.  International Medical Corps plans to deploy additional staff in the days to come as needs are identified.

We thank you and the GlobalGiving community for your timely and generous support to help reach those in need of medical and health-related care in areas hardest hit by the devastating quake. We will continue to update you on our response. 

 

 
   

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