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How International Medical Corps is Helping to Fight “Period Poverty”

Not every woman and girl has access to clean water and safe sanitation facilities during their periods. Find out how International Medical Corps is changing this through its water, sanitation and hygiene program.

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How International Medical Corps is Helping to Fight “Period Poverty”

Menstruation is a normal process for anyone with female reproductive organs. But the stigma associated with it—and the challenges that many women and girls face during this time—is far from normal. “Period poverty” refers to the inability of women and girls to access resources⁠—such as sanitary pads, water, soaps, medicines and sanitation facilities⁠—during their monthly …

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Nothing Can Stop Cameroon’s Intrepid Field Supervisory Team

Last year, International Medical Corps began operating in northwestern Cameroon, a region that has suffered from internal armed conflict since 2016. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced and have fled into the bush, where they live in crowded, unhygienic, unhealthy conditions. Elderly people, pregnant and lactating women, young girls and children under the …

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Snapshots April 2022

Providing Supplies Where They’re Needed Most Our teams worldwide embody commitment. No matter what obstacles confront them, our staff in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) always find a way to ensure that crucial medicines and supplies reach communities that need them. In Afghanistan, our teams provide healthcare services to the people of Nuristan …

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Four Numbers That Help to Illustrate the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

1. Ukraine now has the world’s ninth-largest population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 8 million Ukrainians have fled the country, while 7.7 million have been forced from their homes and become internally displaced persons (IDPs) inside the country. Between Ukrainian refugees and IDPs, nearly …

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International Medical Corps Ensures Mental Health of People in Emergencies

In an emergency, mental health needs often increase: new issues arise, and pre-existing conditions are exacerbated by traumatic events like conflict. Though people with mental health conditions constitute a particularly vulnerable group, they are often neglected. After recently conducting a mental health needs assessment in Afghanistan, we found that COVID-19, poverty, unemployment, insecurity, conflict, economic …

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Filling in Gaps with Online Mental Health Care Training

Trained mental health professionals can be scarce in many low-resource areas—the very settings that experience some of the greatest need. Just as the demand for mental health services was increasing even more as a result of the pandemic, the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance gave International Medical Corps funds to carry …

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Snapshots March 2022

Providing Relief to People Affected by the War in Ukraine Our team is expanding its relief efforts inside Ukraine in response to the war there, as well as in neighboring countries, to provide medical, mental health and protection services to the millions of people affected by the conflict. In Poland, our team conducted a series …

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Celebrating World Water Day in Zimbabwe

Our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team in Zimbabwe commemorated World Water Day on March 22 with a celebration in the Sikalenge ward of Binga district. This year’s theme was “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible.” More than 300 community members attended the celebration, along with representatives from the District Water and Sanitation Subcommittee and several …

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Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy in Jordan’s Azraq Camp

International Medical Corps’ community health team conducts monthly shelter-to-shelter visits throughout the villages of Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, providing health education and linking residents with our services, as well as with services provided by other organizations in the camp. Much of this work is done by community health volunteers (CHVs), who also are residents …

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