FamilyCommunityHealth

Health Services Support

Efficient, well-organized and well-supplied health services can be life-saving and life-changing. More than half of the 6.6 million children under 5 years of age who die each year globally could be saved by access to effective, well-supported and well-trained healthcare professionals.

International Medical Corps today supports referral health services for healthcare facilities both large and small—from rural community-level clinics to large regional and national level hospitals. We work hand in hand with both national governments and local communities to ensure basic healthcare is available and affordable for all –whether residents of remote villages or large urban centers.

Training and education are also central to our support of health services. We train and mentor health providers, managers and community representatives to strengthen their abilities to manage, regulate and monitor their local health services.

QUICK FACTS

  • We have implemented Health Services Support programs in about 20 countries

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Community-Based Health Services
  • Health Facility Support
  • Training and Education
  • Capacity Strengthening

STORY FROM THE FIELD

Lebanon's Tent Settlements

Lebanon does not have formal refugee camps for those fleeing the conflict in Syria. Many Syrian refugees do not have the money to rent an apartment, and living in an informal tented settlement is the only option for the most vulnerable and impoverished households.

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STORY FROM THE FIELD

The Ebola Threat Still Lingers in West Africa

International Medical Corps’ primary goal is that every patient, visitor, and staff member entering a health facility is screened to ensure they are not Ebola-suspects.


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Areas of Focus

Capacity Strengthening

Since its inception, one priority has set International Medical Corps apart from other relief groups: its emphasis on strengthening capacity. Our worldwide humanitarian efforts are defined by the intense commitment to give disaster-stricken communities the strength and skills to meet their own primary health care needs. We do this by making education and training an integral part of our programs, whether it is primary health care, HIV/AIDS and infectious disease, nutrition and agriculture, water and sanitation, or livelihoods and microfinance. We also work closely with host government agencies and partner with local non-government organizations to strengthen the health care infrastructure at all levels. Our focus on strengthening capacity not only fosters self-reliance, but it also builds the kind of confidence, pride, and self-esteem essential for political stability and successful development.


Recently, along an arc of suffering that spans much of central and south central Africa, we taught skills that saved lives and raised hope of a better future:

  • by training village-based traditional birth attendants in Democratic Republic of Congo, to first identify early complications in pregnancy, then when and how to refer them for higher level care;
  • by leveraging a generous donation of high-tech medical equipment including x-ray machines, ultrasounds, electrocardiographs, fetal monitors, and more, International Medical Corps is training health workers to use and maintain this equipment which in turn will strengthen health care capacity and infrastructure in Darfur;
  • by placing traditional birth attendants in eastern Chad together with trained midwives to improve the number of safe deliveries, then linking the birth attendants to International Medical Corps-trained mid-level health professionals to assure the availability of emergency obstetric care if needed;
  • and by opening the first midwife and nurse training school in Southern Sudan, a region plagued with a chronic shortage of skilled health workers.
  • Facing a far different, yet equally demanding challenge in the Middle East, we combined face-to-face teaching with distance learning and telemedicine to build a Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development program for 2,600 Iraqi physicians and surgeons nationally that improved patient outcomes, helped keep physicians in the country, and strengthened the health system itself.

RESOURCES

Capacity Strenghtening

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Global Health Security

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Global Health Security - Arabic

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FROM RELIEF TO SELF-RELIANCE

For 30 years, International Medical Corps has worked to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.

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