International Medical Corps works to help vulnerable communities worldwide prevent and respond to communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and mental disorders.
Over 1 billion people each year are affected by infectious diseases—including neglected tropical illnesses which thrive in impoverished and marginalized communities, in conflict zones and the overcrowded conditions that so often prevail in settlements for refugees and the internally displaced. In such places, poor sanitation, limited access to safe drinking water and often-inadequate health services combine to make conditions ideal for disease outbreaks.
In Africa, infectious diseases remain a leading cause of illness and death but elsewhere, it is non-communicable disease that has become the main causes of illness and death, quietly thriving with none of the drama of attention-getting epidemics and emergency vaccination campaigns.
A significant number of International Medical Corps’ responses have included technical assistance for the treatment and control of epidemic diseases. Our staff of around 7,000 worldwide includes physicians and public health specialists who coordinate health responses worldwide and engage in pandemic preparedness activities.
At International Medical Corps, are goals are to:
- Improve epidemiological surveillance, prevention and response to epidemic-prone diseases.
- Contribute to health security and protection of vulnerable populations.
- Contribute to the global target of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
- Educate and inform populations on disease control measures.
- Work with community partners to end practices that contribute to the spread of disease.