Photo credit: J.B. Pittman Visuals

#Snapshots May

Some of what we saw in our programs around the world in May

On May 5, we honored midwives worldwide on International Day of the Midwife. We train midwives because one third of all maternal deaths today can be avoided by having a skilled attendant present at delivery.

We deployed an emergency response team to Ituri in the northeast corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where intercommunal tensions have exploded into brutal violence in communities. We spoke with Mike McCusker from our Emergency Response Unit about what he witnessed in Ituri.

Ituri’s Internally Displaced Camp

An Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 8. We’re on the ground in the affected areas and working in support of Ministry of Health-led efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

With support from FedEx, we have shipped supplies and equipment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including shelters for screening, referral and isolation of patients with symptoms of Ebola.

Photo credit: J.B. Pittman Visuals

On May 12, we celebrated International Nurses Day because nurses are essential in transforming healthcare and health systems so that no person is left behind. From Puerto Rico to Somalia, nurses like Nancy and Maryamo play a critical role in delivering healthcare to those in need.

We continue to partner with UNHCR in Libya to provide medical services and core relief items to refugees and migrants fleeing North Africa.

Photo: UNHCR

We hosted a visit to our Mexico programs by Bechara Choucair, the Community Health Director for Kaiser Permanente. The purpose of the trip was to see the mental health and psychosocial support programming that we’ve implemented with Fundacion Origen in Oaxaca State following the devastating September 2017 earthquakes.

We hosted our Annual Women’s Luncheons and heard from our Global Ambassador Sanaa Lathan, who spoke about her visit to our program sites in Puerto Rico.

“I visited Puerto Rico in March. As we drove less than an hour outside of the city, I was shocked to find whole communities still without power, some even without access to clean water in their homes.” — Sanaa Lathan. We’re still in Puerto Rico providing support to a network of health facilities in low-income areas.

Good menstrual hygiene management plays a key role in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. On World Menstrual Hygiene Day, our menstrual hygiene awareness program in the community of Tokwana, Zimbabwe included a dialogue session in which local field staff shared sanitation and hygiene tips with women and girls.

While in Somalia, we distributed dignity kits to 40 vulnerable girls and women from a camp for displaced people in Mogadishu. These kits contain reusable sanitary pads, cotton underwear, laundry and bath soap and a solar powered light.

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International Medical Corps relieves the suffering of those impacted by conflict, natural disaster and disease by delivering medical relief and training.