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From Grief to Safe Motherhood in Somalia

Earlier this year, Hawalul, a mother of five, rested her hands on her swollen belly, feeling the gentle movements of a new life growing inside her. Then she took a deep breath, swallowed her fear and walked purposefully into a health center in Mogadishu for her midwife appointment. Her apprehension was understandable. Six years ago, …

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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 civil war now in its sixth year, with no end in sight. Yemen’s misery has only …

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Snapshots September

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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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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#Snapshots July

Fighting COVID-19 Around the World COVID-19 cases continue to rise globally and our teams worldwide are still hard at work in the fight against the virus. Responding in the United States As case numbers continue to rise throughout the US, we’re coordinating with partners in a number of hotspots, including California, Florida and Texas. In …

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COVID-19: The Collateral Damage

The announcement in late June by the World Food Program (WFP) that it will need to provide an additional 41 million people with emergency assistance in 2020 stands as one more stunning measure of the indirect damage that COVID-19 pandemic has wrought globally during its initial six months. After emerging in China late December and …

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Tending the Unseen Wounds of War-Affected Children

Salim Al-Saffer, an International Medical Corps Community Health Officer in Iraq, still remembers clearly the scene he witnessed last fall: a young girl, off on her own at the Jada Displacement Camp southeast of Mosul, sobbing her heart out. Salim and a couple of his colleagues had spotted the child as they made their daily …

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