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.
In Africa, infectious diseases remain a leading cause of illness and death. Elsewhere, it is non-communicable disease that has become the main cause of illness and death, even though it receives far less attention than epidemics and emergency vaccination campaigns.
That said, more than 1 billion people each year are affected by infectious diseases—including neglected tropical illnesses that thrive in impoverished and marginalized communities, in conflict zones and in 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 outbreaks of disease.
A significant number of International Medical Corps’ responses have included technical assistance for the treatment and control of epidemic diseases. Our staff of more than 7,000 worldwide includes physicians and public health specialists who coordinate health responses worldwide and engage in pandemic-preparedness activities.
At International Medical Corps, our 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.