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Battling Vaccine Myths and Misinformation in Somalia

Community health workers dispel dangerous rumors and address vaccine hesitancy in local communities

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Battling Vaccine Myths and Misinformation in Somalia

Rumors can be like viruses, spreading a disease of half-truths and lies, and damaging the health of communities. And during a pandemic, the power of rumors is magnified by the very real threat of disease and death. “At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that misinformation was going to affect our COVID …

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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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A Multi-Faceted Approach to Fighting Ebola

Ebola is a dangerous and deadly disease, but in the 45 years since the first cases appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), much progress has been made—on multiple fronts—in the battle to prevent and treat it. International Medical Corps has helped lead the way on much of that progress, having worked in …

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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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Fighting Ebola and Saving Lives in the DRC: Local Staff Remember

International Medical Corps has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 1999 providing healthcare, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and treatment, nutrition support, food security programs, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. More recently, we also have been responding to outbreaks of disease, including Ebola, measles and COVID-19. Over the course of …

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Drawing New Strength from Those Who Have Lost Everything—Except Hope

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 what is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters—one fueled by poverty, hunger, disease and a seemingly endless war, now in its seventh year. The entry …

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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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The Persistence of Ebola in the DRC—and Those Determined to Fight It

Already plagued with conflict, instability and numerous health disasters, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has suffered persistent outbreaks of Ebola since 2018. International Medical Corps, which has helped those in need in this war-torn country for more than two decades, has leveraged our significant experience fighting the world’s largest outbreak of Ebola (in …

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