In Pakistan, International Medical Corps initially provided basic paramedical training to young Afghan refugees, who then returned home to treat neglected local populations. Our assistance extended in 1999 to the local Pakistani population in volatile frontier areas. International Medical Corps has provided relief following numerous major natural disasters in Pakistan. We provided basic primary health care, protection against gender-based violence (GBV), and psychosocial services to those most in need. International Medical Corps successfully mobilized communities to promote hygiene and sanitation, thereby reducing the burden of infectious disease. In 2005, we were among the first to respond to a massive earthquake in the region.
Today, International Medical Corps is the only organization providing primary health care services to internally-displaced Pakistanis and Afghan refugees in four refugee camps. International Medical Corps has provided health services and training; treatment for acute malnutrition; GBV prevention and response; water & sanitation programs; and livelihoods skills training for both Pakistanis and Afghan refugees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh Provinces. International Medical Corps takes pride in our strong relationship with local communities, government agencies, and national and international NGOs. Whenever possible, we work with local partners to implement projects and build their capacities to ensure a lasting impact.