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A Decades-Long Partnership to Serve Humanity

From US government ally to International Medical Corps’ senior advisor, William Garvelink reflects on his legacy.

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Vaccinating Against COVID-19 in Pakistan

On a cold morning in November, the stop after the Motorway Toll Plaza in Peshawar, Pakistan, was noisier than usual. Passengers departed buses in twos or threes, walking hurriedly to the COVID-19 vaccination camp. Inside the camp, the calm, trained staff carried out the government-approved COVID-19 vaccination procedure. A patient approached a vaccinator—a man wearing …

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Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Pakistan

Around the world, vaccines are one of the most studied, successful and cost-effective ways to improve health outcomes and save lives. However, vaccines work only if people recognize the need and value of immunization, and agree to be immunized. Although approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, mass vaccination in Pakistan remains a challenge. According …

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One Year After the Beirut Blast

On August 4, 2020, I was at home, sitting at my desk, when the floor shifted beneath me. My apartment walls rattled, the balcony door in the living room came off its hinges and the glass panels separating the living room from my home office shattered. Though it felt like an earthquake, it was not. …

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Through War and Violence, This Doctor Stays and Works

Though much of Dr. Mohammed Furat’s life has been defined by war, he has not let war define him. He was 15 years old when, in 2003, US forces invaded Iraq. “I remember the bombs. I remember the air strikes. I remember everything,” says Dr. Furat. “It was all very, very sad.” Yet despite coming …

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Vaccinating the World … While Tackling Hesitancy

Vaccinations are regularly in the news these days, thanks to COVID-19. But a lesser-known side of the vaccination story is the work that NGOs like International Medical Corps have done for decades at the frontlines of immunization efforts in countries around the world. Vaccination is one of the best ways to prevent—and, in the case …

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Snapshots June 2021

Providing Clean Water and Lifesaving Support in Yemen Tragically, 80% of people in Yemen rely on aid to survive. Our teams in Yemen are providing lifesaving medical assistance, equipment and access to clean water. At the Heratha camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), we’re working tirelessly to ensure that the community has access to clean …

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Snapshots May 2021

Responding to the COVID-19 Surge in India India is currently fighting a wave of COVID-19 that is sickening hundreds of thousands — and killing thousands — every day. We’re continuing to work with local partners to provide critical care at overwhelmed healthcare facilities and COVID-19 treatment centers throughout the country. We are working with our …

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A Calling to Serve—and a Search for Togetherness

Yvonne Groenhout, an intensive-care unit (ICU) nurse for 26 years who has served on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, is familiar with death and human suffering. Though nothing could quite prepare her for the past year and half, the most surprising—and in many ways, saddening—part to her about the pandemic has been the …

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Snapshots March 2021

Continuing to Fight COVID-19 Around the World Responding in the United States In the US, we are supporting 42 hospitals across the country — including in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Puerto Rico and Texas — with a range of services and equipment, including emergency medical field units, supplies and volunteer staff. We are …

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We Are Responding to the COVID-19 Surge in India and Nepal

India and Nepal are currently fighting a wave of COVID-19 that is sickening hundreds of thousands—and killing thousands—every day. What’s more, it’s likely that these numbers are vastly underreported. Additionally, vaccine hesitancy is high within the country, with less than 60% of the population willing to be vaccinated. This is compounded by the low vaccination …

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