Responding to Disasters
In 2014, the heaviest rains in more than a century sparked floods across the Balkans, affecting millions of people, causing thousands of landslides and prompting a landmine warning, as unexploded mines left over from the conflict of the 1990s were unearthed by the waters. International Medical Corps deployed experts in logistics as well as in water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as other experts to meet the healthcare, nutritional and hygiene needs of those affected by the floods.
In March 2020, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Zagreb, the capital city, displacing tens of thousands of people and damaging healthcare infrastructure just as COVID-19 was spreading across the country. International Medical Corps donated thousands of items of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face shields, along with key medical equipment, including pulse oximeters, to help protect Croatian medical staff against the coronavirus.
In December 2020, Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck central Croatia, we immediately deployed an assessment team and dispatched PPE for healthcare providers and displaced citizens. We quickly delivered temporary healthcare facilities to local communities, as well as medical and laundry equipment and supplies to local hospitals and nursing homes, to ensure continuity of care, and even donated an ambulance to the Sisak-Moslavina County Institute for Emergency Medicine. International Medical Corps also worked with partners to distribute food, protective masks, first aid kits, hygiene materials and computers for elementary-school students.