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First-Time First Responder and Veteran Share a Desire to Help

In a fast-break humanitarian emergency, medical and healthcare volunteers form the lifeblood of an International Medical Corps response. They are selected from a roster of vetted professionals who have expressed interest in disaster response work, or from a partner professional group, such as the Registered Nurse Response Network. Though they come with different skills and …

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From Relief to Recovery and Resilience

“In 100 years here in Puerto Rico, we have never seen a hurricane like Maria.” – Cesar, Puerto Rico On September 5, 2017, the first of two fierce storms blasted across the Atlantic basin. Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm on record in the Atlantic, maintained maximum intensity as a Category 5 hurricane for 37 hours—knocking …

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Balancing Family and Work in the World’s Worst Humanitarian Emergency

In the spring of 2015, one year after joining International Medical Corps in Yemen as a Health and Nutrition Program Assistant, Doa’a was forced to flee her home with her family because their neighborhood was no longer safe. On that day, Doa’a became an internally displaced person (IDP)—an experience that has given her unique insights …

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A Lifesaving Drug for Mothers in Somalia

It’s not easy being a woman in Somalia. Life is shaped by overwhelming challenges beyond her control: severe drought, depleted crops, protracted conflict, toxic gender norms, inadequate education for girls and much more. Risking her life in childbirth should not be one more worry on that list—which is why we’re working to expand lifesaving maternal …

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Healthcare: It’s Not Just Medicine

The young Syrian refugee was in labor in a Jordanian hospital when her mother came in to deliver the devastating news: her husband, two brothers and niece had died in a bombing in Syria. Faced with pushing new life into the world while experiencing profound loss, the young woman’s shrieks of physical pain turned to …

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A Newborn’s First 28 Days: Joy and Hope amid Risk and Danger

The first days of a newborn baby’s life can be a magical time—a time for joy, family celebration, hope and thanks. But it is also a fragile time for both mother and child—a time when dangers such as infection or poor-quality care can very quickly turn joy into heartbreak. Statistics show that risk to a …

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Working with Local Partners, International Medical Corps Helps Indonesians Recover from Sulawesi Earthquake

International Medical Corps and two local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have handed over 137 new housing units to villagers in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi Province who were displaced by powerful earthquakes and a tsunami that struck the region in September 2018. More than 2,000 people died in the disaster, another 1,000 remain officially listed as missing and …

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Childbirth in Darfur: A Mother’s Journey to Safety

It’s July 2018 and, through no fault of her own, Hawa and her unborn baby are in real danger. The 17-year-old mother-to-be has gone into labor in her final trimester, as expected—but after three days of labor pains, she still hasn’t given birth, and time is running out. Hawa is from Golo, a rural area …

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How Moms Celebrated #BumpDay 2019

On July 17, moms and moms-to-be celebrated #BumpDay to raise awareness about maternal health needs around the world. Shockingly, some 830 women die every day as a result of preventable pregnancy-related causes. With the support of author Heidi Murkoff (What to Expect When You’re Expecting) and the What To Expect Project, International Medical Corps is …

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“Stepping Out of My Dark Room”

“My life was dark. I spent most of the time in my room and wouldn’t let anyone in.” This is how Ali—a 21-year-old Syrian refugee living in Turkey—described his life just a few months ago. Given what Ali has been through, his outlook on life isn’t that surprising. Ali was forced from his home in …

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