For more than 35 years, International Medical Corps has provided emergency medical relief and assistance to people around the world affected by conflict, disaster and disease, working with them to recover, rebuild and gain the skills and tools required for self-reliance.
To help meet a rising need for disaster response in the US, International Medical Corps offers robust domestic response capacity that can quickly provide health and medical care to affected jurisdictions. We maintain Mission Ready Packages that enable rapid response to meet the medical surge needs of local jurisdictions, typically within 24 to 72 hours.
As of January 15, there were 23,503,736 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 391,631 deaths from the disease, in the United States. International Medical Corps is responding to the outbreak of coronavirus and COVID-19 in the US and globally, providing expertise, equipment, training, and triage and treatment services. Our multi-pronged approach, which ensures that at-risk countries and regions are able to prepare for and respond to outbreaks of the coronavirus, prioritizes areas where healthcare systems and populations are particularly vulnerable. As vaccines become more widely available, International Medical Corps will leverage its decades of experience in cold-chain management and last-mile delivery of vaccines to assist with efforts in the US and abroad.
In the Boston area, International Medical Corps is working with Brockton Hospital, a not-for-profit teaching facility that since 1896 has served the city of Brockton and surrounding municipalities just south of Boston, to help it respond to COVID-19. The hospital, part of the Signature Healthcare system, is using the emergency medical field units provided by International Medical Corps to provide clinical services to patients with non-COVID-19 needs. It is using the medical equipment and supplies that we are providing to help patients with a range of needs.
International Medical Corps is providing support to six hospitals run by CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, a not-for-profit system that has provided healthcare services to the Coastal Bend area of south Texas for more than 100 years, to help it respond to COVID-19. CHRISTUS Spohn will use its emergency medical field units to serve as triage sites, testing sites, distribution centers and waiting rooms. We also are providing PPE and other medical supplies to the system and the communities it serves.
Dr. Osbert Blow (far right), Christus Spohn president and chief medical officer, and Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales walkthrough an emergency field unit. Photo courtesy Corpus Christi Caller-Times/Annie Rice photographer.