Our Work

Emergency Response & Preparedness

First There, No Matter Where

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 healthcare specialists on call, an experienced global staff and supplies pre-positioned internationally, International Medical Corps has a well-earned reputation as a fast, reliable first responder. We also focus extensively on training, preparing communities on how best to respond to adversity when disaster strikes, creating a response capability that is immediate and that 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

Our Emergency Field Hospital Deployed in…Los Angeles?

We transformed a vacant lot at the foot of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles into the site of our Emergency Field Hospital simulation for a week-long crisis training. In a collaboration years in the making, International Medical Corps worked with volunteer supply-chain and logistics experts from FedEx to modularize a 12-unit mobile Emergency Field Hospital so it can be deployed in small-, medium- or large-scale disasters.

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Areas of Focus

Overview

International Medical Corps staff is on the front lines of the world’s most urgent crises. Our teams are at work in and around Syria, where a seemingly endless civil war has displaced millions of Syrians, who have sought refuge in neighboring countries and beyond. Our teams are delivering medical relief and other support in African nations struggling with hunger, famine and disease—including several deadly outbreaks of Ebola. All too often, decades of war make these places dangerous for residents to live—and for International Medical Corps to operate.

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Key Stats

Nearly 1 million surgeries performed on those injured in Syrian conflict
More than 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 help those in urgent need.

Our teams have saved millions of lives by delivering healthcare and other vital relief, while providing training to those affected, enabling them to acquire the skills they need to be their own best first responders.

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Key Stats

We have provided more than $2.8 billion in lifesaving healthcare
Our work has saved millions of lives
We operate in more than 80 countries, on six continents

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 that our teams are trained across such disciplines as logistics, procurement and fleet management, enabling them to respond to any emergency quickly, effectively and safely.

Key Stats

We can quickly deliver tons of critical aid to relief workers around the world following natural disasters, thanks to careful planning and valued partnerships
Tens of thousands of registered users globally use our online course to learn how to better coordinate emergency assistance to those in urgent need
We have provided more than 50 in-person workshops on four continents to build the capacity of national and international NGOs

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 alone for her friend’s life—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). During neighborhood-by-neighborhood battles by Iraqi Security Forces to regain control of the city after ISIL captured it in June 2014, civilians have been inevitably caught in the crossfire.

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