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Finding Hope in Hard-Hit Haiti

Following another devastating earthquake, International Medical Corps provides emergency relief

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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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The Environment is Difficult, but the People are Strong

Years after the official end of a decades-long civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), violence remains pervasive, especially throughout the eastern part of the country. Sexual abuse of women and children continues to escalate, and more than one-third of the population lacks access to basic healthcare services. Since the height of the …

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Why Libya Needs Future Doctors Like Me

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by science, especially biology. By the time I started high school in 2010, I knew I wanted to become a doctor. At first, my decision to pursue medicine seemed like a smart idea; I thought that the health system in Libya would improve and provide new …

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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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Facing Overwhelming Needs, One Life and One Family at a Time

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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A Year of Recovery: What Support from Zaman has made possible in Beirut

On August 4, 2020, the port of Beirut and the surrounding community were devastated by a massive explosion so large that it was felt across neighboring countries. International Medical Corps has been on the ground in Lebanon since 2006. With a staff of nearly 300 already in the country, we quickly launched an emergency response, …

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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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