International Medical Corps is providing nutrition, health, and other services in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya and is scaling up to deliver life-saving relief wherever is most needed.
In South Sudan, International Medical Corps is providing primary health care and treating malnourished children in Panyijar, a county in Unity State not far from the areas where famine was declared that is seeing an influx of people fleeing Leer and Mayendit. This includes two mobile medical units and nutrition services in and around the main town of Nyal as well as teams that travel by canoe to remote islands deep in South Sudan’s swamps to deliver health care and treatment for malnutrition. We are also training local community members in Nyal, on the islands, and in Leer to serve as community health workers who help identify, prevent, and refer cases of malnutrition and other common health issues. We work across five states in South Sudan, including five health facilities and 24 nutrition centers. This includes two stabilization centers, which provide around-the-clock care to severely malnourished with medical complications.
In Somalia, International Medical Corps is scaling up our health and nutrition programs in Mudug, Galgaduud, and Banadir, three regions facing emergency levels of food insecurity. This includes a 54-bed stabilization center in Mudug, which is gives 24-hour care for children with severe malnutrition and medical complications. We are also delivering health care, treating malnourished children, and providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene services in the Middle Shabelle Region. In Galkayo South in the arid Mudug region, our water trucking brings 19,200 people safe drinking water as well as helps them to keep their livestock alive even under harsh drought conditions. We are also running primary health and nutrition programs in displacement camps in Mogadishu, where people are migrating seeking assistance. In addition to a food crisis, Somalia is also facing outbreaks of cholera and measles. We are running cholera treatment facilities across three districts and responding to the measles outbreak in Galkayo by treating cases and supporting vaccination campaigns.
In Ethiopia, International Medical Corps is working in 48 of the worst-affected woredas in 16 zones and four regions, providing water, nutrition, and health support. This includes emergency seed distribution for nearly 15,000 households and livelihoods support for another 1,400 families. supporting the government to provide outpatient care for moderate to severe malnutrition at more than 1,000 sites. We are also helping run 128 stabilization centers that provide 24-hour care for those suffering from severe malnutrition with medical complications. We are also training more than 25,000 health professionals on how to manage severe and moderate malnutrition.
In Kenya, International Medical Corps is supporting health facilities in arid and semi-arid counties, to provide nutrition interventions for children and pregnant and breastfeeding women. We are also training frontline health workers in maternal, infant, and young child feeding practices and helping households establish small gardens so that they have access to healthy, nutritious foods.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We have to act now. Unlike disasters like earthquakes that cannot be predicted, we know the warning signs and symptoms of food crises. We have seen it far too many times before and waited until it was too late for many. Help us save lives in the Horn of Africa by supporting our work in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.