Celebrate Women
around the world

Celebrate women in March by supporting International Medical Corps' programs, including those that provide health care for women and work to end gender-based violence in the developing world. This year, stand with us on International Women’s Day by making a donation to support our work, sending a message of support to honor the courageous women we serve and sharing the stories of our work and the women we help.

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Strong, courageous women around the world are standing up for themselves and for their families. Will you support them? Make a generous gift to International Medical Corps today so women can continue to get the training and services they need to build healthier futures for themselves and their families.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, salute the strength and spirit of a woman you care about - wishing good health and good fortune for her, her family and her community!

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International Medical Corps on the Ground:Offering Holistic Care to Women Around the World

  • Eric's Story

    Eric’s StoryOne man’s journey to end violence against women

  • Women's Health

    Women’s Health More than just
    delivering babies

  • Dr. Rania's Story

    Dr. Rania’s StoryWorking in Turkey with
    Syrian Refugees

Men working to help women: Eric’s Story

The program manager of our gender-based violence program in Ethiopia is a young man named Eric who works in refugee camps. His commitment to women’s health has very early roots. His words remind us that violence against women harms those who love her, too:

“As a child, I watched many women and girls be battered every day by their male counterparts, including husbands, uncles, fathers, and brothers. I grew up in such a home, and my mother suffered both emotional and physical violence regularly for not performing her daily tasks - such as cleaning the home, cooking, doing manual laundry, etc.

I was overwhelmed by her sorrows every time I watched her cry out for help when being beaten. But no one in the community could help her.”

Eric’s work in the refugee camps has included persuading the communities to ensure some women were elected to positions of authority. Slowly, these women come to be regarded as leaders, too - and respect for women has grown as a result. Some men mock Eric for his commitment - but others hear the call and are re-thinking long-standing attitudes.

“Perceptions about women and girls are rooted in local cultural beliefs - but such beliefs are now being challenged by those who have been through International Medical Corps’ awareness sessions. Women and girls are questioning female genital mutilation and forced marriage and are coming forward to seek help. Their participation is increasing day by day. This improvement is slow - but it is promising.”

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Infant mortality and maternal health in Africa

Too often, a woman’s health and well-being is considered unimportant, and nowhere is this more damaging than in infant and maternal mortality.

We began our work in the Central African Republic (CAR) in May 2007. The next year the maternal mortality rates around the world were released. In CAR, the rate was 1,570 deaths per 100,000 live births - a staggeringly high number that masks far too much horror and sorrow behind a cold statistic.

But we’d already begun our midwife training program for local health care workers. We were exploring cultural opportunities to ensure mothers could - and would - get the care they needed, before, during, and after the birth.

The result? With our help, within three years, the maternal mortality rate had fallen from 1,570 deaths per 100,000 to 890.

Yes, that’s a significant improvement - and yet the number is still far too high. Today a woman’s lifetime risk of maternal mortality is still 1 in 27 in CAR - enough so that most women know of at least one woman, and maybe more, from their village who has died in childbirth. Compare that to the risk in the developed world, which is 1 in 3,800.

The loss of a mother is no less devastating to a family in the Central African Republic than it is in the developed world; it just happens far, far more often in CAR, and in other developing nations. And when a mother dies, her child is ten times more likely to die within two years, too.

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Dr. Rania – helping survivors of Syria’s war thrive

Dr. Rania, our gender-based violence program manager in Turkey, tells of meeting a midwife from Syria who came to the border between those two nations to thank International Medical Corps for the training that allowed her to treat and care for victims of gender-based violence. Dr. Rania was so moved by her story that she’s instigated a training program for all medical personnel in Turkey, so they, too, have the tools and knowledge to provide care for the victims of sexual violence.

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