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Lightning Strikes Twice as Doctors Tackle Malnutrition in South Sudan

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#Snapshots September 2020

We Are Continuing to Fight COVID-19 Around the World Around the world, we’re continuing to help people in need as we adapt our healthcare and training programs to the demands of COVID-19. Responding in the United States In the United States, we’ve partnered with hospitals, clinics and nursing homes in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New …

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Lightning Strikes Twice as Doctors Tackle Malnutrition in South Sudan

When toddler Nyalak Kuon Mut was struck by lightning in June, she was already suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “I could see how she became skinnier and weaker,” says her mother, Nyakuony Biliu. “She was struck by lightning and survived. Then she had serious vomiting and diarrhea and was treated for that as well, all …

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One Machine Can Save Countless Lives

At an International Medical Corps health facility in Juba, South Sudan, a new ultrasound machine is providing critical imaging capabilities for doctors treating expectant mothers. Vicky Keji, a 20-year-old mother of two, is one of many patients who have benefited from it. She received an early diagnosis that led to the healthy birth of her …

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A Lifesaving Surgery Provides Emmanuel with a New Start in South Sudan

In May 2019, Emmanuel David, aged 4, was brought by his mother to the International Medical Corps-supported health facility at Malakal Teaching Hospital in South Sudan. Emmanuel suffered from a rare abdominal condition—his liver was outside his abdominal cavity, protected only by his skin, and a corresponding mass had formed on his umbilical region. Emmanuel’s …

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How Africa Eradicated Polio During a Raging Pandemic

Polio is a life-altering disease. It has affected millions of people around the world, including Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola, acclaimed violinist Itzak Perlman and celebrated singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. All had access to healthcare, overcame the disease and even drew strength from the hardships they endured, eventually becoming the icons they are today. But not …

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Finding Meaning in Helping Others

With a newly minted degree from one of Yemen’s leading universities, fluent English and a good job with an international trading company, the future looked promising for Fayad al-Derwish as 2015 dawned. Then came Yemen’s civil war, which began in March of that year. By the end of 2015, Fayad had been laid off. About …

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Providing a Safe Haven for Vulnerable Women and Girls in Somalia

Decades of protracted conflict and other emergency situations in Somalia, such as drought and floods, have led to displacement of an estimated at 2.6 million people, and increased the number of vulnerable women and girls. Breakdown of family and social protection networks and social/cultural norms, as well as gender inequality, have exacerbated the situation, limiting …

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Shielding Yemen’s Most Vulnerable from COVID-19

International Medical Corps’ Yemen team has helped provide important local community backing for a new strategy to protect those facing great risk of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus: elderly, disabled and chronically ill Yemenis forced by war and circumstance to flee their homes and take shelter in crowded displacement camps. The concept, developed by the London …

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#Snapshots August

Providing Lifesaving Support to the Survivors of the Explosion in Lebanon On Tuesday, August 4, a massive explosion tore through the city of Beirut. Because we were already in the country providing a range of health services, we were able to respond immediately and provide help to survivors and support to hospitals and health facilities …

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Community Health Workers Help Protect Cameroonians from COVID-19

My name is Misra Hariratou. I am a 24-year-old Cameroonian. In April 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding, I was recruited by International Medical Corps to serve as a community health worker in Timangolo, Cameroon. Since then, I have been working to raise awareness of the virus and change community behavior to help prevent spread …

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