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Suzanne Brinkmann: Through highs and lows, she pushes forward

There is enough food in the world to feed all of us–and yet 815 million of us go hungry. Compared to fighting mysterious viruses or incurable diseases, health improvements through proper nutrition can be remarkably quick. Yet children die from malnutrition day after day. Speaking with Suzanne Brinkmann, Senior Nutrition Advisor for International Medical Corps, …

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The matrons by the lake

Today, over 800 women will die in childbirth. Most of them live in rural parts of aid-dependent countries with limited access to healthcare. Hundreds of thousands of women lose their lives during childbirth each year in what can only be described as a reproductive health emergency. The situation is alarming, especially considering that the vast …

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Nadifu, an IDP and Mother in Somalia

Nadifu, a 35-year-old mother of seven, lives in an internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Harahar village in Somalia’s Galkayo region. Harhar village hosts more than 15 IDP camps. Nadifu and her children now call this home—a home where their house is a makeshift shelter made from pieces of clothes. The unforgiving drought wiped out …

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Meet Maryamo, A Nurse in Somalia

Meet Maryamo, a nurse who has been working for more than four years at a nutrition stabilization center run by International Medical Corps in Somalia’s southern region of Galkacyo, one of the districts most affected by severe drought across the Sahel. In this community with high food insecurity, Maryamo manages cases of severe acute malnutrition …

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Democratic Republic of Congo: A Forgotten Crisis

International Medical Corps recently deployed an emergency response team to Ituri in the northeast corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where inter-communal tensions have exploded into brutal violence in communities once considered relatively stable. More than 300,000 people have fled their homes to escape gangs wielding machetes, guns and other weapons. We …

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Nurse Nancy Rudner’s Reflections on Volunteering in Puerto Rico

This International Nurses Day, we are sharing the story of Nancy Rudner, an Orlando-based American nurse with over 20 years nursing experience, who deployed to Puerto Rico after two powerful hurricanes devastated the tiny island nation last fall. Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico within a two-week span in September 2017. Both storms …

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Meet Kenyi Friday Lodu, a Midwife in South Sudan

My name is Kenyi Friday Lodu. I am 25 years old. I was born in Kajo Keji County, south of South Sudan’s capital of Juba. Due to fighting in South Sudan, I grew up in neighboring Uganda until the age of 14 before returning to my home country in 2005. I lost my father in …

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Hadeel Naser: On Souls and Love

As a global first responder for over 30 years, International Medical Corps’ medical professionals know a ton about the human body: how to perform lifesaving operations, treat chronic illnesses, address and prevent infectious diseases, and bring children back from the brink of starvation. But matters of the mind and heart can be more mysterious. Says …

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Notes from the Field: Nigeria

As our plane landed in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, I wondered what lay before us. Since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, the region we were visiting has been wracked by violence, and has seen the highest number of internally displaced people in the country– an estimated 1.7 million. It’s still considered one …

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Hind Yousef: Calm in the Storm

Hind Yousef laughs heartily as she recounts using her degree in clinical psychology to diagnose herself with a “Type A personality.” She identifies with people who need a lot of structure and organization–yet she strikes me as someone who is immensely comfortable with chaos. After all, she works in Jordan providing mental health care to …

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