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Snapshots December 2020

Responding to the Earthquake in Central Croatia At least seven people were killed after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Croatia on December 29. In recent days, the area has suffered from strong aftershocks. Within hours of the quake, we deployed a team from our Split, Croatia, office to assess the most urgent needs. Touring …

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2020: A Year in Review

Throughout our 36-year history, International Medical Corps has faced some of the toughest challenges imaginable. We’ve worked in conflict zones, helped people who’ve lost everything in terrifying and deadly disasters, and helped to end deadly epidemics — including two Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year alone. Take a look back at the …

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A COVID-19 Nurse in One Virus Hotspot After Another

In April, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic’s first wave, registered nurse Alex Gary volunteered with International Medical Corps in New York City. She subsequently volunteered at a hospital in Texas stricken by the virus, and is today working in the COVID-19 unit of Christos Saint Vincent Regional Medical Center’s emergency department in Santa …

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A Tent—and Light at the End of the Tunnel

When COVID-19 shook our world in the spring of 2020, the medical community had to scramble to catch up. In those urgent early days, as states across the US struggled to assemble mass testing sites, hospitals coped with staggeringly high patient loads. As part of our biggest emergency response to date, International Medical Corps deployed …

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Achieving the Impossible

As COVID-19 cases proliferated in early 2020 and parts of the world began to shut down, demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) exploded. Hospitals struggled to get the surgical masks, respirators, gloves and gowns that healthcare workers needed to safely do their jobs. Photos circulated online of doctors and nurses wearing trash bags, rather than …

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Weary in a New Way: A Nurse on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Reflects

Amy Mott is an intensive-care unit nurse who volunteered with International Medical Corps at Vista East Hospital in Chicago during the COVID-19 surge in spring 2020. Months later, with cases on the rise again across the US, Amy continues to work on the frontlines of the pandemic. Here, she describes firsthand what it’s like to …

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Health Students Trained by International Medical Corps Ready to Offer Services to Their Communities

Students trained by International Medical Corps in three health science schools in South Sudan are eager to offer healthcare services to their respective communities when they graduate. The students are also ready to mentor aspiring health practitioners in their communities. By sharing their knowledge and experience, they can help build capacity and increase healthcare access …

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Blog: Inside Yemen’s Tragedy

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—fueled by poverty, hunger, disease, and a seemingly endless war now in its sixth year with no end in sight. Yemen’s misery has …

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Masks for Frontline Workers: The Right Gift at the Right Time

Since our founding in 1984, International Medical Corps has gone to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth to provide lifesaving assistance. This year, with COVID-19, our commitment to reaching those most in need took us to underserved communities right here in the US—including Mobile, Alabama. Recently, we provided 100,000 medical masks …

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Helping Ahmad, and Others Like Him

Ahmad’s mother is telling me her son’s story. “I was so scared when the doctor told me that my baby had cerebral oedema. I was in my fifth month of pregnancy.” She continues, explaining that her doctor at the time assured her that the diagnosis would not affect her son’s development. “He will have a …

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