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The Golden Hour

Training First Responders in Mosul

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Tindilo Grace Losio

In honor of International Day of the Midwife, International Medical Corps is recognizing one of our inspirational midwives, Grace. Below, see a video of Grace accepting the Founder’s Award at International Medical Corps’ Annual Awards Gala for her unwavering commitment to building a cadre of skilled First Responders to serve their own communities in rural …

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The Golden Hour

Douma Ammar will never forget the day. She was in her Mosul neighborhood when shots rang out. A stray bullet hit her friend, wounding her gravely. With no paramedics to call for help, Douma fought for her friend’s life alone, but eventually lost. “I didn’t know how to help,” Douma said, “My friend died.” Mosul—Iraq’s …

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An Ethiopian Widow Pulls Herself Out Of Poverty

If one particular quality explains Bekelech’s success, it’s her determination to get the most out of what she undertakes. Her husband died nine years ago, leaving her with five children and two cows but Bekelech, 55, was forced to sell the cows so that her children could eat. “We were all hungry and the children …

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Breaking Down Gender and Generational Gaps in Nepal

Together with the local national non-government group SOLID Nepal, International Medical Corps has trained young volunteers as peer educators to communicate vital—and factual—sexual and reproductive health information to their classmates. The results have been swift and impressive. “The barrier between boys and girls in our school has been broken,” says Saroj Thapa, a 16-year-old boy …

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“Recovery is Possible”

War drove Labon Doka at the age of 20 to abandon his home in Sudan for a refugee camp in Ethiopia. It was in the refugee camp that his behavior started to change, subtly at first and then more drastically. He eventually stopped going to the school where he was a teacher and it was …

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Destiny Can Be Delayed, But Not Denied

Akinyi finished her college education and thought that with her qualifications, she would easily find a job. But after months of job-hunting, she was no longer as optimistic. Living in Sindo, a remote area in Homabay County in southwestern Kenya, she could not find any opportunities. She struggled day in day out to make ends …

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Guinea’s Untold Story

Imagine a country where cholera breaks out every year, where over 50 out of 1,000 people get malaria, and where health facilities are so poorly equipped that pregnant women have to bring their own delivery kits to the maternity ward. Then, Ebola hits. The outbreak produced 3,351 confirmed cases—2,083 of which resulted in death. The …

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A Building a Better Response Panel Discussion on Coordination and Emergency Response at the Local Level

Can humanitarian response be truly localized? This was the central question debated at a panel discussion in Dakar, Senegal organized by ICVA and the Building a Better Response project, and hosted by the OCHA regional office on November 2, 2015. Attendees included representatives from national and international non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and donor governments. The …

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Training Sierra Leone’s traditional healers

Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak was declared over in November, only for the virus to reappear two months later. With the end of that second outbreak yet to be confirmed, there are now concerns that unsafe practises are being revived which remain banned.

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