Effective Family and Community Health targets the entire population, including women, children, adolescents and male family members and its all-inclusive nature often makes it the first type of assistance offered to those affected by conflict or natural disasters.
Working with families and communities enables International Medical Corps to ensure a holistic approach to promoting health, preventing disease and ensuring that entire families can survive and thrive. It is an approach that creates more resilient communities, helping the affected families and communities benefit from direct health care services while at the same time developing healthy habits and practices that can endure a lifetime.
International Medical Corps works with the local government and community leaders to engage local residents to identify their own health priorities, their needs and gauge the available local resources. We help mobilize those resources and pass important health care skills into local hands through training, enabling communities to be better prepared to face adversity and be the first to respond effectively to an emergency.