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International Medical Corps Launches Interactive Toolkit for Humanitarian Responders on Effective Mental Health Integration

To ensure quality mental health care is more widely available for those affected by conflict and crises, International Medical Corps launched a toolkit today that will help the humanitarian community better integrate mental health into primary health care programs. The Toolkit for the Integration of Mental Health into General Healthcare in Humanitarian Settings is an …

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‘This is my calling’

July 2018 marks one year since Iraqi forces and their allies retook the city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after three years of occupation. As many as 1 million people fled the city due to the conflict, but today 870,000 have already returned to their hometown. Hiba, Mental …

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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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Treating invisible wounds

The military-political crisis that broke out in 2012 has severely crippled the healthcare system in the Central African Republic (CAR). This is especially true when it comes to mental health services. Stigmatization and misunderstandings about the causes of mental health issues and the effectiveness of treatment at the community level also impede necessary care. According …

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Vanessa’s Story

The Commonwealth of Dominica is a small Caribbean island nation roughly one quarter the size of Rhode Island with a population half that of Dayton, OH. On Sept. 18, 2017, Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria, with 160 mph-plus winds and severe rainfall. Thirty-one people were reported dead and another 37 were reported missing. Maria’s …

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Democratic Republic of Congo: A Forgotten Crisis

International Medical Corps recently deployed an emergency response team to Ituri in the northeast corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where inter-communal tensions have exploded into brutal violence in communities once considered relatively stable. More than 300,000 people have fled their homes to escape gangs wielding machetes, guns and other weapons. We …

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Hadeel Naser: On Souls and Love

With decades of experience, International Medical Corps’ medical professionals know a lot about the human body: how to perform lifesaving operations, treat chronic illnesses, address and prevent infectious diseases, and bring children back from the brink of starvation. But matters of the mind and heart can be more mysterious. Says Hadeel, “When you work with …

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Notes from the Field: Nigeria

As our plane landed in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, I wondered what lay before us. Since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, the region we were visiting has been wracked by violence, and has seen the highest number of internally displaced people in the country– an estimated 1.7 million. It’s still considered one …

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Hind Yousef: Calm in the Storm

Hind Yousef laughs heartily as she recounts using her degree in clinical psychology to diagnose herself with a “Type A personality.” She identifies with people who need a lot of structure and organization–yet she strikes me as someone who is immensely comfortable with chaos. After all, she works in Jordan providing mental health care to …

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Success in Improving Mental Health in Lebanon

In response to a worldwide initiative to prevent and control mental health illnesses, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the International Medical Corps, launched the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) in May 2014 with the goal of reforming and improving mental health care in Lebanon.

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