Aug 22, 2006

Aid Still Needed for Survivors of this Crisis

With 80% of homes in southern Lebanon destroyed, hundreds of thousands of returnees may face their worst fears upon arriving home: that their house is no longer there, that friends and family have died, that they are now out of work and penniless. Any family would be terrified of this situation, and in Lebanon circumstances are even worse. Hospitals don't have supplies, roads and bridges have disappeared or been made impassable, water systems are down, and electricity still isn't on in all areas. This is not the sort of situation that is healed overnight because of a ceasefire.

IMC is working throughout Lebanon to provide medical aid, supplies (including basics like sheets and soap), and hospital equipment such as generators. Our team has assessed that there is still great need for medical care and psychosocial assistance among the Lebanese population. One-third of the 1,000+ people killed in Lebanon have been children, and over 500,000 children have been forced from their homes and are now exhibiting signs of mental distress including nightmares and nervousness.

IMC will continue to help the people of Lebanon recover their health, happiness, and livelihoods during the coming months. We welcome the continued donations that make our work possible.


Aug 16, 2006

From Relief to Long Term Rehabilitation: Ongoing Response to the Java Earthquake

IMC is beginning long term reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in Bantul with the help of large donations from the US Government and Amerada Hess Corporation, and with the support of private donors, including donors to GlobalGiving.

In the days immediately following the May 27 earthquake, IMC provided emergency medical care to thousands of survivors. IMC also helped its local nonprofit partner, Ambulan 118, get on the ground within 14 hours of the quake by providing transportation and logistical support. By May 30, it was clear that primary healthcare and training were more needed than emergency care; IMC's mobile and static clinics became centers of hope for survivors suffering from physical and psychological wounds. IMC's team also dedicated itself to providing food, medicines, and shelter to residents, 80% of them (in some areas of Bantul) having been left homeless.

Though the emergency phase of the project is nearing its close, medical assessments conducted by IMC indicate it will take months for these regions and communities to stabilize. In the coming months, IMC will provide primary healthcare, mental health services, capacity-building assistance, help with clearing debris, support for construction, community education, and training for local health workers, even as we continue post-tsunami projects and our efforts to strengthen emergency preparedness and response throughout Indonesia.

Donations made through GlobalGiving will be used to support IMC's earthquake reconstruction efforts, which include providing primary and mental healthcare services to a population of 263,000, providing residents with the tools they need to clear debris and begin reconstruction, and by training local health workers and supplying them with the equipment and medicines they need to serve their communities.

IMC is deeply grateful for the support it has received from the GlobalGiving community. We commend donors for acting boldly on behalf of those who suffered this enormous tragedy.


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