June Snapshots 2024

From Ukraine to Libya, see the impact you’ve had as a supporter of our work this month.

Increasing Ukrainian Mothers’ Knowledge About Nutrition

International Medical Corps battles malnutrition by providing quality nutrition services during crisis and recovery, when communities are most vulnerable. We’re addressing nutrition needs in 20 countries and territories, including Ukraine.

On International Children’s Day in June, our Nutrition team in Ukraine held an event in Irpin—a suburb of Kyiv that had been the scene of fierce fighting in February and March 2022—for mothers and caregivers of young children. Seated beneath trees in a local park, our staff shared nutrition practices for children under 2. This is critical information because the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial for developing their body, brain, metabolism and immune system. How a child eats in the first two years of life significantly impacts their future life and health.

Training Community Leaders in Sudan

Training has always been a central pillar of our mission. Preparation and knowledge promote resilience and self-reliance. We train thousands of people each year from local communities, as well as from national, regional and local governments and non-governmental groups—including health professionals—helping them to prepare for emergencies and strengthen their health systems.

Training gives communities the skills and knowledge they need to meet their own needs. In addition to other training sessions they hold throughout the country, our Sudan team provides training in psychological first aid to community leaders, such as schoolteachers and social activists. During the training, participants learn how to recognize common reactions to stressful events, how to listen in a supportive, empathetic way, and when to refer people to more advanced mental health care.

Marking a Decade of Service to People in Azraq Refugee Camp

Life as a refugee is not easy. From leaving everything behind to navigating unknown lands, refugees face daunting challenges and uncertainties. We see their strength and resilience, and their willingness to do what must be done to help shoulder the burden of those circumstances.

At International Medical Corps, we believe that everyone has a right to access to quality healthcare. For 10 years in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan, we’ve provided vital medical, mental health and other services—as well as hope—to hundreds of thousands of people. To learn more about our work in the camp over the last decade, click the link below.

Increasing Access to Mental Health Care

Mental health is just as crucial as physical health. That’s why mental health support is integrated into all of our responses, ensuring that everyone has access to health and hope as they face difficult and uncertain circumstances.

A few of our mental health counselors in Libya join Walid Alfitouri (left), Director of Administration at Citizen Service Center, for a photo.
A few of our mental health counselors in Libya join Walid Alfitouri (left), Director of Administration at Citizen Service Center, for a photo.

With support from USAID, our Libya team manages the national mental health helpline, which since the catastrophic flooding of September 2023 has provided counseling services to thousands of people remotely. Our team’s operators and mental health counselors provide psychological counseling, stress management and referrals for specialized services for people who require advanced interventions. The helpline has so far received more than 6,000 calls.

Treating Life-altering Disorders in South Sudan

International Medical Corps delivers lifesaving healthcare services to vulnerable communities affected by conflict and displacement in South Sudan, where we have worked since the mid-1990s. To improve lives in the fragile health system, we provide services in primary health clinics throughout the country.

After experiencing mysterious seizures for a decade that disrupted his daily life and limited his social interactions, Phillip visited our primary healthcare clinic at the Malakal Protection of Civilians site. During his visit, our team diagnosed Phillip with epilepsy and prescribed anti-epileptic medication. Following this, he received home visits and attended his follow-up appointments at the clinic. Phillip has now been seizure-free for 16 months, and his story has helped his community better understand epilepsy and how it affects people. Read his inspiring story here.

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International Medical Corps is a global first responder that delivers emergency medical and related services to those affected by conflict, disaster and disease, no matter where they are, no matter the conditions. We also train people in their communities, providing them with the skills they need to recover, chart their own path to self-reliance and become effective first responders themselves. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, we are a nonprofit with no religious or political affiliation, and now have more than 8,000 staff members around the world, 96% of whom are locally hired. Since our founding, we have operated in more than 80 countries, and have provided more than $4.2 billion in emergency relief and training to communities worldwide.

Our staff includes experts in emergency medicine, infectious disease, nutrition, mental health, maternal and infant health, gender-based violence prevention and treatment, training, and water, sanitation and hygiene, all within the humanitarian context.

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