Some of what we saw in our programs around the world in March
Responding to Cyclone Idai in Southeastern Africa
We’ve deployed a team of response experts to help those affected by the devastating cyclone that battered southeastern Africa on March 14 and 15. Nearly 3 million people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been affected by Cyclone Idai’s torrential rains, destructive winds and deadly flooding.
We’re leveraging our long-standing presence in Zimbabwe as a response platform, and have deployed experts to affected areas in the region to quickly expand support for medical care, nutrition, clean water, sanitation and other needs. Our emergency response team is working with partners, government ministries and international agencies to build and expand response efforts.
Supporting the People of Indonesia as They Recover from Flash Floods
Through our partner KUN Humanity System, we’re supporting an emergency clinic in the village of Salua, Indonesia, as well as the distribution of food there, in response to devastating flash floods caused by heavy rains.
Celebrating Water as a Source of Life
Under this year’s World Water Day theme, Leaving No One Behind, we collaborated with community leaders and volunteers to organize two celebrations in Yemen for World Water Day.
People gathered at our program sites to learn about hygiene, sanitation and safe water storage. Activities included children’s competitions and entertainment focusing on good water and hygiene practices.
Changing the Lives of Women and Girls in Yemen
Our Yemen team continued to raise awareness about the importance of good hygiene and sanitation. In places where resources remain scarce, disease prevention is a key element to building healthy communities.
We recently completed a rainwater tank and a set of new toilets at a school in Al-Udayn, a remote area in southern Yemen. Now, young women are able to stay in school — instead of staying home when they are menstruating — because they have safe, private and hygienic facilities at school where they can change and dispose of sanitary pads at school.
Continuing the Fight Against Ebola
The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola outbreak is spreading at its fastest rate yet, eight months after it was first detected. Our health workers continue to do all they can to stop the deadly virus, even as the number of new cases increases.
Since August 21, facilities supported by International Medical Corps have screened more than 835,000 people for Ebola, and we have trained 1,127 health staff in infection prevention and control.
Training Saves Lives
Throughout March, 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 on 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.