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Boosting the economy

As part of International Medical Corps’ commitment to combatting gender based-violence (GBV) in South Sudan, we are working on a number of different programs that empower women within the community. Among other things, we offer training in business management and leadership skills that aim to prevent GBV risks while empowering them within their households and their …

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Esubalew Haile: A life attached to refugees

Even in the most advanced industrialized countries, mental health can be quite a taboo issue. In developing countries? It can be virtually nonexistent, with an average of one psychiatrist for every two million people. Things are starting to change, however—thanks in large part to people like Esubalew Haile, a psychiatrist from Ethiopia and Mental Health …

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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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Vicki Agali – Gender-based Violence Case Worker in South Sudan

An independent country since 2011, South Sudan spiraled into civil war in late 2013. The conflict has created a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in which 4 million people have been forced from their homes and 6 million people are facing severe food insecurity. The endless violence and displacement puts women and girls at risk of violent …

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Celebrating World Mental Health Day Worldwide

It is estimated that one in five people are affected by depression and anxiety in humanitarian emergencies and ongoing conflict. Yet, mental health services are often non-existent or not accessible. In fact, four out of five people with mental disorders do not receive care in low and middle income countries. As one of the few …

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Finding Dignity and Healing After Abuse

As a gender-based violence (GBV) case manager for International Medical Corps in Wau, South Sudan, my job is emotionally exhausting and at times dangerous. I run a 24-7 hotline that people can call to confidentially report cases of abuse, including rape and sexual assault. I then respond to those calls, tracking down the survivor and …

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Funding Mental Health Before the Next Crisis

Two years after South Sudan gained independence, Dr. Inka Weissbecker, global mental health and psychosocial advisor for the International Medical Corps, toured the young country’s only mental health facility.

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Four Humanitarians Who Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

August 19th is World Humanitarian Day, which recognizes aid workers who deliver lifesaving relief, often at great risk to themselves. From Mosul to Mogadishu, International Medical Corps’ First Responders brave war, natural disaster, and disease to bring medical care and other services to people in need. Meet four courageous First Responders who are saving lives …

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