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Battling Vaccine Myths and Misinformation in Somalia

Community health workers dispel dangerous rumors and address vaccine hesitancy in local communities

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Snapshots August 2021

Responding to Disasters Around the World The world has been a troubled place lately. The good news is that our teams are there, responding around the globe. Haiti Earthquake A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on August 14, leaving approximately 650,000 people in need of emergency assistance. We have deployed our Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Fixed …

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Why Libya Needs Future Doctors Like Me

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by science, especially biology. By the time I started high school in 2010, I knew I wanted to become a doctor. At first, my decision to pursue medicine seemed like a smart idea; I thought that the health system in Libya would improve and provide new …

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Battling Vaccine Myths and Misinformation in Somalia

Rumors can be like viruses, spreading a disease of half-truths and lies, and damaging the health of communities. And during a pandemic, the power of rumors is magnified by the very real threat of disease and death. “At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that misinformation was going to affect our COVID …

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Celebrating World Humanitarian Day

Every year on World Humanitarian Day, we honor humanitarian workers around the world who provide lifesaving support to those in need, no matter what obstacles may stand in their way. Our first responders are on the frontlines helping communities experiencing famine, outbreaks of disease, natural disasters, conflict and much more. Over the past year, our …

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Snapshots July 2021

Combatting COVID-19 and Vaccine Misinformation Worldwide Vaccinations are crucial in the fight against COVID-19. As the virus continues to spread, so does another dangerous challenge — vaccine misinformation. Our team in Puerto Rico conducted a vaccination information session with church leaders from Lares to answer questions and dispel myths surrounding vaccines. In Lebanon, we’re supporting vaccination efforts …

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Beirut Emergency Response: One Year Overview

On August 4, 2020, Beirut experienced a massive explosion that ripped through the entire city. Hours after the explosion, International Medical Corps teams were on the ground to support survivors. Within the first two weeks, we reached more than 54,000 women, men and children.
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One Year After the Beirut Blast

On August 4, 2020, I was at home, sitting at my desk, when the floor shifted beneath me. My apartment walls rattled, the balcony door in the living room came off its hinges and the glass panels separating the living room from my home office shattered. Though it felt like an earthquake, it was not. …

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Through War and Violence, This Doctor Stays and Works

Though much of Dr. Mohammed Furat’s life has been defined by war, he has not let war define him. He was 15 years old when, in 2003, US forces invaded Iraq. “I remember the bombs. I remember the air strikes. I remember everything,” says Dr. Furat. “It was all very, very sad.” Yet despite coming …

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We Are Responding to the Floods in Europe

Western Europe has been devastated by flooding from heavy rains that started July 14. Germany has been most affected, with entire towns inundated by water and at least 173 deaths. Officials note that between 60,000 and 70,000 people have been displaced—and with vast damage to homes, public buildings and utilities, recovery will be a lengthy …

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Dr. Dorothy Ekosso Dissake: Called to Serve and Giving Her Best

Not everyone is lucky enough to find their life’s calling early and steadily fulfill their purpose over decades, but Dr. Dorothy Ekosso Dissake, International Medical Corps’ Medical Director in Cameroon, has done just that: serving those most in need, with the conviction and commitment she discovered as a child. She grew up in the southwestern, …

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