Staff members deliver vital medications and provide routine blood pressure checks on people affected by the earthquakes.

October Snapshots 2023

From Puerto Rico to Morocco, see the impact you’ve had as a supporter of our work this month.

Responding to the Cholera Outbreak in Ethiopia

International Medical Corps works in Ethiopia to provide treatment for malnourished children as well as programs in food security, livelihoods, comprehensive healthcare, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Staff members set up the Cholera Treatment Center in Serdo, Ethiopia.
Staff members set up the Cholera Treatment Center in Serdo, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is one of several countries experiencing recurrent cholera outbreaks. Cholera is a waterborne disease spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with bacteria. Untreated, it can lead to severe dehydration, resulting in shock, coma and death within hours.

The ongoing cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia are caused by several risk factors, including limited access to safe drinking water in some areas, a seasonal pattern of cholera occurrence and inadequate WASH. In addition to the other aid they provide, our teams in Ethiopia are helping people affected to the cholera outbreak, working diligently to prevent the spread of this potentially fatal disease.

Supplying Essential Healthcare in Venezuela

Venezuela is experiencing a major humanitarian crisis, with roughly 7 million of its citizens having left the country in search of work, food, healthcare and other basic needs. People who have remained behind are facing an increasingly dire political and economic situation.

Since we began our mission in Venezuela, International Medical Corps has strengthened the country’s healthcare system by providing staff who conduct medical consultations and by training health and non-health staff.

We also deploy mobile medical units to reach remote villages that do not have access to health services. One of our mobile medical teams recently visited Los Caballos, a remote city in the country’s northwestern region, where staff provided health consultations and awareness sessions to people who hadn’t previously had access to healthcare.

Helping People Affected by the Morocco Earthquakes

In response to the September earthquakes in Morocco, we continue to work with the Association of Solidarity and Development (AMSED) to deliver health and mental health consultations in Taroudant, where our mobile medical unit recently began primary health and hygiene education activities, and has so far treated more than 400 people.

We’re committed to ensuring that survivors in hard-to-reach areas can access the vital health services they need—and deserve.

Distributing Food to Refugees in Ethiopia

Drought is one of the two plagues that challenge Africa’s oldest independent country, leaving more than 8 million people in need of food assistance for their survival. Ethiopia’s other challenge involves a large and growing refugee population that has been forced to flee armed conflict in neighboring countries. International Medical Corps is helping to address both of these crises by providing primary healthcare, nutrition and more.

Working with other international aid agencies, we have been distributing food at Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado-Boqolmayo Refugee Camp.

We also have been providing food at Melkadida, another refugee camp, and our Ethiopia team plans to reach refugees at Kobe, Hilaweyn and Buramino camps at Dollo Ado, in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Educating Communities About Nutrition in Puerto Rico

Kevin Curry, founder of “Fit Men Cook,” recently visited our nutrition program in Puerto Rico. Food insecurity is a major issue on the island, with more than half the population at risk. During his visit, he held cooking demos for students and seniors to promote healthy eating habits.

Natural disasters and COVID-19 disrupted proper nutrition channels in Puerto Rico, where too many households experience unemployment and food insecurity. Our nutrition teams provide training to parents, caregivers, and health and social workers.

Meeting Mental Health Needs in Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had significant effects on the mental health of people throughout the country. International Medical Corps has a long history of working both directly and with local partner organizations in Ukraine to provide mental health services to people in need, with a focus on treating the “unseen wounds of war.”

Patients participate in art activities and showcase their crafts.
Patients participate in art activities and showcase their crafts.

In addition to other services, our mental health and psychosocial support team in Ukraine offers art-based activities and emotional support groups to help patients and staff better cope with life in a conflict zone.

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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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