Returnees and refugees fleeing Sudan at Renk transit camp in South Sudan.

May Snapshots 2023

From Ukraine to Sudan, see your impact as a supporter of our work this month.

Promoting Hygiene in Yemen

Yemen is experiencing one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Eight years of conflict, compounded by economic collapse, natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic have left some 80% of the country struggling to put food on the table and access essential services. Our Yemen team conducts hygiene promotion sessions and facilitates group discussions, educating community members about how good hygiene practices can support their health and prevent disease.

We also train community health volunteers who provide leaders with guidance on how to address water, sanitation and hygiene challenges. By promoting hygiene awareness, delivering clean water and equipping community health volunteers with knowledge, we enhance the community’s well-being, helping to safeguard their health amid one of the world’s most dire humanitarian emergencies.

Celebrating Midwives Worldwide

On May 5, International Day of the Midwife, the global community celebrated the incredible and essential work of midwives around the world. These skilled healthcare professionals provide vital support during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, ensuring safe and healthy outcomes for mothers and babies—most of whom would otherwise lack access to a skilled birth attendant.

A midwife with an International Medical Corps mobile team in Afghanistan examines a patient in a remote village.
A midwife with an International Medical Corps mobile team in Afghanistan examines a patient in a remote village.

With their expertise and compassionate care, midwives strengthen communities and contribute to improving maternal and newborn health globally.

Supporting Refugees in Cameroon

Since April 2022, about 12,500 Nigerian refugees have arrived in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

The arrival of some 2,500 of these refugees to the villages of Ako and Buku, as well as the return of some Cameroonian families, has added pressure to an area with already scarce resources and grave security challenges. Since June 2022, we’ve provided health and nutrition services to more than 1,600 refugees through health centers in those communities, including vaccines for babies and children, and treatment for common childhood illnesses.

Building Partnerships in Ukraine

We recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Barrier Free, the mental health initiative led by Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine. This partnership marks a significant step toward enhancing nationwide mental health services and support, and furthering our commitment to improving the well-being of people and communities in Ukraine.

Ukraine Country Director Matthew Stearns with Oksana Zbitneva, head of the Program Office of the First Lady of Ukraine.
Ukraine Country Director Matthew Stearns with Oksana Zbitneva, head of the Program Office of the First Lady of Ukraine.

Healing Communities Around the World

Dr. John Roberts was in college volunteering to help Hurricane Katrina survivors when he realized that he wanted to become an emergency- and disaster-medicine doctor. Now he leads emergency response teams for International Medical Corps. bringing hope and healing to communities affected by disasters.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be inspired by the dedication of Dr. Roberts as he tackles the complexities of disaster medicine with compassion and expertise. Read more on our website.

Responding to the Conflict in Sudan

Amid the ongoing conflict in Sudan, we’re providing lifesaving support to people inside Sudan, as well as to those who have taken refuge in neighboring countries. From medical care and nutrition support to mental health care, our teams in the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan are responding to the critical needs of displaced and conflict-affected people.

“Despite the initial chaos and ongoing conflict, our courageous Sudan team is serving on the frontlines of this crisis,” said Sasi Luxmanan, International Medical Corps’ Country Director in Sudan.

Refugees at a camp in Renk, South Sudan.
Refugees at a camp in Renk, South Sudan.

Read more as we delve into stories of courage and compassion, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs encountered in our emergency response to the conflict in Sudan.

Emphasizing the Importance of Mental Health

We know from experience that there are some wounds you cannot see. During Mental Health Awareness Week, we highlighted the message that mental health is health—and is just as essential as physical health during and after a crisis. This is why mental health care is integrated into our emergency responses, and why we prioritize mental health support in communities affected by conflict, disaster and disease.

Mental Health is Health
Mental Health is Health

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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.

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