From Relief to
Self-Reliance

We assist those in urgent need anywhere, anytime, no matter what the conditions, providing lifesaving health care and health care-related emergency services—often within hours.

As conditions ease, we work with local leaders to rebuild stronger. In non-emergency settings, our focus is development. Through our training programs, we pass essential skills into local hands, preparing those in disaster-prone areas to better withstand adversity. Embedding these skills into the community lies at the heart of what we do: build self-reliance. It gives people hit by tragedy a sense of ownership over their own recovery and the ability to shape their own future as they rebuild. And wherever it occurs, it is an investment that benefits us all because it prepares local residents to be their own best First Responders should disaster strike.

First there,
no matter where.

Because speed saves lives during the initial hours following a disaster, our Emergency Response Teams deploy fast and begin their lifesaving work immediately, even in the most challenging environments.

Drawing on three decades of experience, our surge capacity includes physicians and nurses trained in emergency medicine together with specialists who provide an array of services ranging from mental health and psychosocial support to technical advice for nutrition,water, sanitation and hygiene—all of it to assist those in need.

And that’s just where we start.

We stay on to help survivors build a better future. We work with the community, hire and train local staff, develop partnerships at all levels and evaluate progress to ensure quality. With a staff of more than 5,300 worldwide – 96% of whom are recruited locally – our teams ensure that the knowledge required to prepare for and respond effectively to an emergency remains anchored in the community and residents can better respond should disaster strike again.

Wherever there is a need,
no matter what the conditions

Since we first began our work in 1984, International Medical Corps has helped tens of millions of people in over 70 countries, delivering emergency relief and training valued at more than $1.8 billion.

A preeminent First Responder, we provide emergency relief often within hours to those hit by disaster, no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions. Our teams have responded to a roll call of major crises over the last 30 years, including Afghanistan, Rwanda, the Balkans, Darfur, Haiti, Japan, Iraq, Syria and the Philippines. In many of these places we remain, helping communities along the path from relief to self-reliance.

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Supporting those
in distress

International Medical Corps supports those in over 30 countries that are hit by adversity, working with them to recover, rebuild and gain the skills and tools to become self-reliant.

We assist those in the world’s poorest countries, often partnering with national and local leaders, to provide better health care and related services in vulnerable communities looking to build a better life for their people.

We are there for hundreds of thousands of displaced people, many of whom have lost everything and survive by clinging to all that’s left: hope. We are there too for those who face less visible but equally acute emergencies such as malnutrition, the lack of clean water or a complicated child-birth. We work with partner agencies and local leaders to provide a broad array of services,often focusing on children and women with programs that improve maternal and child health and nutrition, provide for psychosocial needs and prevent gender-based violence.

Once urgent needs are met, we help communities in crisis-prone areas prepare in advance to withstand disaster should it come.