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Training Mothers: Battling Malnutrition at its Source

A group of mothers in northern Mali have developed an invaluable skill: the power and knowledge to screen and detect early signs of malnutrition. Utilizing their unique standing in the community and armed with a color-coded paper band, they are determined to win the fight against malnutrition. Mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) is a fast and …

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Training to Save Lives in Yemen, in the Midst of Famine

It’s a crisis reminiscent of our early days in Somalia, when at the height of a brutal civil war in the 1990s, International Medical Corps worked desperately to sound the alarm about an unfolding famine that would haunt the world—once it finally woke up. Today, as Yemen enters its fourth year of civil war, graphic …

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Training: The Indispensable Ingredient Needed to Contain a Deadly Ebola Outbreak in a War Zone

From the time International Medical Corps launched its first assistance program 35 years ago in Afghanistan, training has been the indispensable ingredient of our humanitarian mission. Our early successes in helping those in great need, no matter where they are or what the conditions, reaffirmed the conviction that, to achieve maximum impact, training must begin …

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Enisa Eminovska: Smashing the Patriarchy

Enisa Eminovska has been confronting gender inequality for most of her life. She characterizes the Roma culture in Macedonia, where she grew up, as “extremely patriarchal and conservative.” When, at the age of 13, her desire to play sports provoked an extended family meeting on her failure to “act like a girl,” her mother had …

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On Behalf of Women and Girls, Gertrude Garway Fights for Humanity

As a child growing up in Liberia, “I always knew something was wrong,” says Gertrude Garway, International Medical Corps’ Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Manager in South Sudan.  She watched as young girls around her were forced to marry much older men, who then raped and beat them. When these women or girls in forced marriages resisted …

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Powering Change

“It has reached epidemic proportions.” This is how Sara Othow, Caseworker with International Medical Corps team in Aburoc, South Sudan, describes the level of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) in the country. When I interviewed Sara about the situation in South Sudan earlier this year, she explained that several factors are behind the high levels …

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Stopping Violence against Women Now—and for Future Generations

Violence against women is endemic in every corner of the globe. Rape and sexual abuse violate the bodies, minds and hearts of women and girls—and this tears at the fabric of households and communities wherever it occurs. Though International Medical Corps works tirelessly to treat survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in places where little to …

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From Abuse to Control

Leila*, now a 32-year-old volunteer with International Medical Corps in Lebanon, was 14 years old when her parents divorced. Her mother—who married at age 16—could no longer take her husband’s physical and verbal abuse, and left with the couple’s only son, leaving her two daughters behind. As soon as her mother left, Leila’s father started …

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