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From Computer Scientist to Women’s Advocate

Marie Chantal Gboze is shifting the culture away from gender-based violence despite challenging conditions.

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From Computer Scientist to Women’s Advocate

During casual conversation, Marie Chantal Gboze laughs generously and speaks with exuberance. It’s inviting. She is the type of person who grabs everyone’s attention at the dinner table with a well-crafted story. When the conversation turns to gender-based violence (GBV) and the gender poverty gap, however, her voice turns passionate and acute—which is still inviting, …

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Targeting Malnutrition in Yemen with Treatment and Training

Fifteen-month-old Shefa was once full of energy. She had just started taking her first steps, and was curious to explore her surroundings. But then, she started losing weight rapidly and became lethargic. She lost her cheerful nature and stopped playing with other children her age. Her mother did not know what was wrong, and watched …

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New Treatments Rekindle Hope for Yemen’s Oft-Forgotten Cancer Patients

Editor’s Note: International Medical Corps’ Yemen Blog presents a rare view of life on the ground in Yemen, chronicled by our first responders as they battle one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters—one fueled by poverty, hunger, disease and a seemingly endless war, now in its eighth year. The entry below is written by Dr. …

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Do You Take Your Toilet for Granted?

Though it’s easy to snigger when thinking of toilets, it’s a deadly serious subject. Billions of people worldwide do not have access to safe sanitation, with hundreds of millions forced to defecate in the open. That’s why, since 2013, the world has celebrated World Toilet Day on November 19. This year, International Medical Corps is …

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Girls Empower Themselves Through Filmmaking

International Medical Corps organized a filmmaking workshop for a group of adolescent girls in Bekaa as part of its adolescent girls’ empowerment program. The workshop included six sessions where the girls learned storytelling basics—including objectives, audience and the four Ps: people, plot, places and purpose. The workshop also included basic animation, camera movement and effects, …

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Celebrating Global Handwashing Day in Zimbabwe

Global Handwashing Day, held each year on October 15, is dedicated to increasing awareness around the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives. It is an opportunity to implement creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands properly. Global Handwashing Day commemorations have been …

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Surrounded by Water, Flood-Affected Communities in Pakistan Need Something to Drink

Deadly monsoons that began in June have caused unprecedented flooding in Pakistan, leading to large-scale destruction, mainly in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Many people in these provinces live in unsanitary conditions in temporary shelters, with limited access to essential services—including clean, safe drinking water. International Medical Corps works with local partners worldwide to implement lifesaving …

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Ordinary Refugees, Extraordinary Resilience

Three women, three excruciating journeys. Like lines, converging and separating, weaving toward and away from each other over time, Alona, Anastasia and Natalia each were born and raised and were living in Ukraine when their lives suddenly shattered. Each woman remembers the exact moment when she got the news that war had come to her …

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Mental Health Care in Jordan Is Just a Click Away

A woman we’ll call Samah is a 38-year-old Jordanian working at a local university. She is divorced and lives alone, and although she has relatives, her relations with them have been strained for a long time. Family tensions and economic hardships have caused psychological stress for her. She felt trapped and hopeless, and did not …

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Returning Home as a Leader and Advocate for Gender Equality

In Mali, gender inequality and gender-based violence (GBV) are entrenched in the culture. International Medical Corps, with funding from USAID, is implementing an integrated GBV response and prevention project that increases access to services for survivors. The project reinforces structural and service-provider capacity while working with communities to reduce the stigma that survivors face, while …

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