Late on Friday, September 8, a 6.8-magnitude struck a mountainous region of central Morocco, about 45 miles southwest of the historic city of Marrakech. The quake was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks.
Almost 3,000 people have been killed, thousands have been injured and tens of thousands have lost their homes. These numbers will likely rise as search-and-rescue efforts continue. Infrastructure—including power, water and, importantly, healthcare facilities—have been extensively damaged.
International Medical Corps has sent an Advance Emergency Medical Team to perform an assessment, is in communication with the World Health Organization (WHO) and stands ready to deploy an Emergency Medical Field Unit (EMT Type 1 Fixed) as needed. We also are working with partners to support urgent relief and recovery needs.
International Medical Corps has a roster of volunteer healthcare specialists on call, an experienced global staff, supplies pre-positioned internationally, longstanding partnerships with global logistics and pharmaceutical firms, and is the only NGO in the world classified by the WHO as a EMT Type 1 (Fixed and Mobile), able to deploy in 48 hours if requested by the government.
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