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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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Read about five moms who have made a mark on their communities while overcoming incredible challenges and protecting their families.

  • Comfort's Story


  • Grace
    South Sudan

  • Yasmine

  • Korto

  • Mohsena

Comfort, Liberia

Comfort was working as a scrub nurse in Bong County, Liberia, in late September. Like so many of her fellow health workers who have been stricken with Ebola during this outbreak, Comfort became an Ebola patient herself. Before going to the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), she isolated herself in her home in concern for her family; in a time when she herself most needed love and support, she instructed her family to stay away. On the day Comfort left her home and was admitted to International Medical Corps' ETU, her family cried in fear for her future. Two weeks later, she made an amazing recovery and was discharged as a survivor of Ebola. In a wonderful turn of events, Comfort is now the newest staff member of International Medical Corps' Bong County ETU. She will continue in the fight against Ebola, treating patients once again — but now with a new understanding and appreciation for what it is like to endure this deadly virus.

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Grace, South Sudan

Raised in a refugee camp, Grace Tindilo was inspired as a child to pursue a degree in nursing after being given lifesaving medical care by nurses at the camp. After graduating as a nurse-midwife, Grace went to work at the Kajo Keji Civil Hospital, where she soon stood out for her incredible talent and leadership potential. Today, after receiving additional midwifery and leadership training from International Medical Corps, Grace helps oversee a strategic plan providing quality learning opportunities for nurse-midwives and is being mentored to take on the role of school principal in the coming year. Thanks to her leadership and hard work, 48 midwives and 20 nurses to date have graduated from Kajo Keji and are able to provide care for countless expectant mothers and their newborns.

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Yasmine, Jordan

As a young girl, Yasmine saw beauty in places where others did not. She didn't know then that this was a gift that would help her in her adult life when she would be faced with her greatest challenge: fleeing civil war in Syria and living as a refugee in a camp, far away from the only family, livelihood and culture she had ever known. While living in Syria, Yasmine earned her college degree in art and became an art teacher. She loved teaching painting, drawing and ceramics to young children. When the violence from civil war became too threatening, Yasmine was forced to flee Syria with her husband and young son. After a long journey, they ended up in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. After a month in the camp, trying to make sense of her new life, Yasmine now works as a volunteer art teacher in a youth-friendly center run by International Medical Corps. She says, "Many of the young people who come here are distressed and very much affected by the conflict in Syria. The center helps them engage in activities, learn new skills and socialize with others."

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Korto, Liberia

Korto was admitted to International Medical Corps' Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Bong County, Liberia, while her 4-month old daughter Josephine — who tested negative for Ebola — was cared for nearby. Although deeply saddened by being separated from her young baby, Korto maintained such positivity during her treatment. Good and bad news followed. Unfortunately, just one day after receiving an Ebola-free diagnosis, she noticed that her daughter began to show Ebola symptoms; Josephine was admitted shortly after and kept staff on alert while her condition fluctuated for the next two weeks. Korto continued breastfeeding and remained hopeful until eventually Josephine held her little head higher and higher each day. After much anticipation, the U.S. Navy lab brought the expedited Ebola test results in and relayed the good news: Josephine had tested negative for Ebola. Many tears of joy flowed, and Korto, of course, started dancing and clapping, smiling big with her grin we all love. And for the first time in weeks, Josephine let a small smile peek through.

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Mohsena, Afghanistan

On average, an Afghan woman gives birth to more than six children and dies before her 45th birthday. Afghanistan has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world, with one in nine women dying during childbirth — that's one every 28 minutes. Even more astounding: Nine out of 10 women in Afghanistan give birth without the help of a trained birth attendant, which explains why complications often have fatal consequences. Dr. Mohsena Sediqi, a mother of five, trained at the Obstetrics and Gynecology unit at Rabia Balkhi Hospital (RBH) in Kabul and is now a trainer herself. A mere six years ago, there was no training for doctors at RBH; since then, 17 attending physicians, 52 resident physicians, 104 midwives, six pediatricians and 40 health professionals have been trained, thanks to the help of Dr. Sediqi and International Medical Corps staff. Providing healthcare in a country with ongoing violent conflict has many challenges, and it's a tremendous accomplishment that has benefited more than 27,000 women and more than 13,000 children annually.

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