War drove Labon Doka at the age of 20 to abandon his home in Sudan for a refugee camp...
Survivors of conflict and disasters are at higher risk for psychological distress and mental health conditions due to continued and overwhelming chaos and uncertainty, as well as the enormity of their loss that often includes homes, community, loved ones and livelihoods. As one of the few international relief organizations to prioritize prevention and treatment of mental health and psychosocial needs in humanitarian crises, we have the capacity to respond to these immediate needs. As communities recover and development begins, we focus on the longer term, to help strengthen mental health care systems and shape national policies.
We have achieved significant breakthroughs in the fight for comprehensive mental health care by:
International Medical Corps plays a leading role in the advancement of mental health systems in humanitarian settings. We contribute to the development of global guidelines and national policies for improving mental health and well-being among affected populations.
International Medical Corps is one of the few global emergency response organizations with the capacity to address both the immediate psychosocial needs of communities struck by disaster and to assist those with preexisting mental disorders at the community level.
International Medical Corps uses a comprehensive approach to adapt training materials to the local context, providing both foundational training and supervision, supporting institutional changes and capacity building while also evaluating results to inform policy, practice and scale-up.
International Medical Corps projects for children and youth are designed to build key life skills for dealing with difficult situations and developing friendships, and they encourage youth to engage in communities.
The children panic every time they hear an airplane or thunderclap. “They think they are going to be bombed,” says Hana, a mother of eight. “Two bombs fell over our house. My small daughter was hurt by shrapnel.” Like nearly five million others, Hana and her family lost everything to Syria’s brutal and unending civil war.READ MORE