Our Work

Emergency Response & Preparedness

No Matter Where, First There

Because disaster can strike anywhere, anytime, the ability to respond even in the most remote areas of the world is essential for effective emergency response. And with the acute phase of disaster response measured in just hours –that brief window of opportunity when most lives can be saved and life-threatening disease contained—deployment speed is critical. With a roster of volunteer health care specialists on call, a well-trained, experienced global staff and supplies pre-positioned internationally, we have a well-earned reputation as a fast, reliable First Responder. Preparing communities in advance how best to respond to adversity on their own when disaster strikes is also important, creating a response capability that is immediate. It also fosters self-reliance.

30+ years in 75+ countries
Emergency Response and Preparedness
72 hours
The acute phase of disaster response
22 hours
Our response to Haiti 2010 earthquake

The Golden Hour: Training First Responders in Mosul

Douma Ammar will never forget the day. She was in her Mosul neighborhood when shots rang out. A stray bullet hit her friend, wounding her gravely. With no paramedics to call for help, Douma fought for her friend’s life alone, but eventually lost. “I didn’t know how to help,” Douma said, “My friend died.” Mosul—Iraq’s second largest city—has been at the forefront of the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or daesh in Arabic—for more than five months.

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Areas of Focus

Overview

International Medical Corps’ staff is on the frontlines of the world’s most urgent crises. Our teams are at work inside Syria, where a seemingly endless civil war grinds through its seventh year while millions of Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries and beyond. Our teams also deliver medical relief and other support in African nations struggling with hunger and famine. All too often, decades of war make these places dangerous for residents to live and for us to operate.

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Key Stats

Nearly 1 million surgeries performed on those injured in Syrian conflict
Over half of Somalia’s 12.3 million people need either protection or humanitarian assistance
In Northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State nearly a quarter of a million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition

Overview

For more than three decades, as soon as disaster strikes—no matter how distant or how dangerous the conditions– International Medical Corps has responded to assist those in urgent need.  Our teams have saved millions of lives by delivering health care and other vital relief while at the same time training those affected so they acquire the skills needed to be their own best First Responders.

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Key Stats

$2.5 billion in lifesaving health care
Millions of lives saved
More than 75 countries

Overview

We pass essential skills into local hands, preparing those in disaster-prone areas to better withstand adversity. Embedding these skills into the community lies at the heart of what we do: build self-reliance. In keeping with our commitment to preparedness, we also train our international and national staff, actively working to increase their technical understanding. We ensure our teams are trained across disciplines such as logistics, procurement and fleet management, so that they can respond to any emergency quickly, effectively and safely.

Key Stats

30 tons of critical aid delivered quickly to relief workers in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew thanks to careful planning and valued partnerships.
Over 27,000 registered users globally use our on-line course that help better coordinate emergency responses to assist those in urgent need
More than 50 in-person workshops on four continents to build the capacity of national and international NGOs.

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