Some of what we saw in our programs around the world in February
Continuing the Fight Against Ebola
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), our team continues to provide training and supplies to healthcare workers, as well as support for screening-and-referral units in Butembo and Katwa — areas that have recently been the site of violence against those fighting the deadly virus.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic — now the second-largest in history — began last August, International Medical Corps-supported Ebola screening-and-referral units have screened more than 835,000 people for Ebola, providing early identification of infected patients so that they can be quarantined, their contacts can be traced and the spread of the disease contained.
We have continued to train local staff on proper infection prevention-and-control practices, and to provide equipment and sanitation supplies across health facilities in affected areas.
Sharing Some Love with our First Responders
In honor of Valentine’s Day, people from around the world came together to share some love with our First Responders. Read some of the inspiring messages here.
Saving Lives in Yemen
As Yemen enters its fourth year of civil war, International Medical Corps remains one of the few relief agencies on the frontlines, continuing its long battle against what is arguably today’s worst humanitarian disaster.
To help fill massive healthcare gaps, International Medical Corps’ 266 local staff members provide lifesaving care in 79 health facilities across the country, with an urgent focus on nutrition services. Each of our facilities treats acute malnutrition and provides other services free of charge.
Our staff also provides healthcare, food, water, sanitation and hygiene services, and more to some of the millions of Yemeni people in desperate need of lifesaving assistance.
Helping the People of Indonesia Recover from Disaster
When the Sunda Strait Tsunami hit Indonesian beaches without warning on December 22, 2018, our team on the ground responded immediately to assess the situation and reach out to partners who could help us provide widespread aid.
With more than 2,000 deaths and 206,000 people displaced by that disaster, International Medical Corps is continuing to work with local partners to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as psychosocial support and child protection services.
Nancy Aossey Accepts CSQ Visionary Award
International Medical Corps’ President and CEO Nancy Aossey accepted a CSQ Visionary Award in Philanthropy, Art and Culture for her tireless and dedicated work over more than three decades.
Training Saves Lives
Throughout February, we spread the message — and the hashtag — that #TrainingSavesLives. That’s why, for 35 years, we’ve delivered training to communities across the world, empowering people to forge a path toward self-reliance. And that’s why we’ll continue that commitment, staying long after others have gone, to build knowledge and resilience among those affected by conflict, disease and disaster.
Because of training, our locally-hired staff is able to respond to the most pressing issues facing their communities — while teaching others to do the same.