From the Bahamas to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, see the impact you’ve had as a supporter of our work. Get your monthly field updates below:
Meeting the Needs of Hurricane Dorian Survivors
Two months have passed since Hurricane Dorian devastated Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. We’re continuing to address the numerous needs of Hurricane Dorian survivors.
Since the hurricane ripped through the islands, we’ve:
- provided more than 820 patients with medical care at our emergency health facility in High Rock and across nine health facilities on Grand Bahama island;
- trained almost 60 health staff, social service specialists and police officers on how to help community members with self-care support, psychological first aid and positive coping mechanisms;
- conducted mental health awareness sessions, attended by 255 community members, on reducing stigma and addressing longer-term support needs; and
- provided access to potable water in the central and eastern parts of Grand Bahama Island, as utilities continue work to resume services.
Fighting Disease in the DRC
Together, we are making a difference in the fight against Ebola. Since the beginning of the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), now the second-largest outbreak in history, screening and referral units built and supported by International Medical Corps have provided more than 1.1 million screenings for Ebola.
Did you know that the world’s largest measles outbreak is also unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Cases have been reported in all 26 provinces and children are suffering. Our mobile clinic in Fizi is treating and referring those in need.
Highlighting Global Health Issues Worldwide
As one of the few international relief organizations to prioritize the prevention and treatment of mental health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian crises, we celebrated World Mental Health Day on October 10.
Handwashing can literally save lives. That is why we celebrated Global Handwashing Day on October 15. Only six out of 10 people around the world have access to basic handwashing facilities — in other words, soap and water. Our teams worldwide are working to change that.
Two down, one to go! In a historic announcement on World Polio Day, an independent commission of experts concluded that wild poliovirus type 3 has been eradicated worldwide. We’re proud to have played a part in this critical milestone by vaccinating thousands of children under five for polio across Afghanistan, while working to maintain the polio-free status of countries like DRC and Chad.
Supporting Recovery Efforts in Japan
The impact of Super Typhoon Hagibis — the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades — continues to be felt from the central to northeast parts of the island nation. There have been 90 deaths, and more than 83,000 homes affected by flooding.
International Medical Corps is working with the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) to help reach the women, men and children most in need.
Preparing for the Next Emergency
Employees from JP Morgan Chase generously donated their time and effort to assemble hygiene kits that now stand ready for immediate distribution to people affected by sudden disaster.