In South Sudan, International Medical Corps continues to provide life-saving interventions throughout the country. In Akobo County, Jonglei State, one of International Medical Corps’ pillar programs focuses on childhood nutrition.
By utilizing mother support groups, International Medical Corps is implementing social and behavioral change communication to prevent of acute and chronic malnutrition. These mother support groups, led by International Medical Corps-trained mothers, provide information on improving infant and young child feeding and care skills.
Mother support groups, which are based on the care group model and have been adapted to fit local context, focus on the promotion of breast-feeding and complementary feeding, good nutrition and health practices, hygiene, and other key themes for mothers of young children.
By addressing nutrition through mothers and caregivers, International Medical Corps is able to attack malnutrition before it begins, saving hundreds of children from suffering. This is your chance to help. Donate today, and help save a child’s life in South Sudan.
This is only one example of our programming in South Sudan. International Medical Corps continues to provide relief in refugee camps, as well as emergency medicine training and primary health care throughout the country. Your generosity can be a part of the change in South Sudan. Donate today.
Recovery efforts from East Africa’s drought continue. International Medical Corps operates in many of the drought-stricken areas, including Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Today, our focus is on creating sustainable solutions that will save lives in the future.
In Kenya, multiple rainwater harvesting projects will allow communities to gather and store rainwater, providing relief for both the population and their livestock. Prior to the installation of the rainwater harvesting systems, children would miss school as their families searched farther and farther from home for water. Livestock died from thirst, placing severe burdens on parents with families to feed. In these communities, water committees are developed through local leadership to establish a sustainable method of maintaining and sharing the systems.
In Ethiopia, our nutrition teams work to provide key information for caretakers on child nutrition. International Medical Corps teaches preventative strategies of malnutrition, stopping the problem before it starts. Adjacent to this, International Medical Corps also provides emergency feeding programs which offer therapeutic nutrition and essential nutrition support to households.
In Somalia, International Medical Corps improved access to safe water supply through rehabilitation of water sources. Berkhads are traditional water reservoirs that in many areas of Somalia are the only source of water for households and livestock in the dry season. They are manmade and usually sunk into the ground with a stone or brick wall and then plastered to minimize water leakage. They catch rain water and runoff in the rainy season and this water is then used through the dry season.
However, many berkhads are cracked from poor maintenance, allowing the leakage of precious water. Most berkhads are not fenced, allowing animals to drink directly from them and risking contamination of water. Neither are most berkhads covered, which also increases risk of contamination as well as increasing water loss through evaporation. By rehabilitating these berkhads to address these issues, access to clean water has dramatically increased and enabled improvement of both household health and the health of the livestock these households depend on for food and income.
International Medical Corps’ response to the East Africa drought continues. There is still work to be done in these countries, and we appreciate every dollar donated to our efforts. Without you, our accomplishments would not be possible. Thank you!
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.