Non-governmental Organization based in United States of America
International Medical Corps is working to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
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..;
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.;Wherever there is a need, no matter what the conditions
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.
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 $2 billion.;Supporting those
in distress - International Medical Corps supports those in over 35 countries that are hit by adversity, working with them to recover, rebuild and gain the skills and tools to become self-reliant.
Since 2011, a militant group has been waging violent attacks on civilians across Nigeria, creating a deteriorating security situation with increasing numbers of victims, destruction of social and economic infrastructure and disruption of education services. Attacks have taken place throughout the country, however, northeastern Nigeria has suffered the most attacks. UNOCHA reports that large parts of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states have been seized by the militant group along with an increase in the number and scale of attacks on schools, villages, cities, and military bases. The situation led the Government of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states in May of 2013, which ended in November 2014 despite the ongoing volatile situation. International Medical Corps has conducted security assessments in northeastern Nigeria in Kano and Borno states.
International Medical Corps is working to address malnutrition through a comprehensive community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) program and Infant and Young Child Feeding interventions and training for local health workers. The CMAM approach emphasizes that “large numbers of children with severe acute malnutrition can be treated in their communities without being admitted to a health facility or a therapeutic feeding center”. Nutritious, ready-to-use, therapeutic food is administered by caretakers at home to promote early recovery and prevent life-threatening medical complications. CMAM involves active participation of the community to diagnose moderately and severely malnourished children at a very early stage by measuring middle upper arm circumference. The CMAM approach also focuses on sustainability through integration into the existing health infrastructure.
Working in northwestern Nigeria, International Medical Corps is preventing and treating acute malnutrition in children under five and conducting sensitization sessions and education on IYCF practices to pregnant and breastfeeding women in Wamakko and Binji Local Government Area, in Sokoto State. In addition, our teams are training the State Ministry of Health staff in prevention, screening and treatment of acute malnutrition to strengthen local health capacity. International Medical Corps also trains Community Volunteers and Community Health Extension Workers in prevention, screening, follow-up and referral of acute malnutrition cases, helping communities become their own best First Responders.
To date we have:
Screened more than 41,500 children for malnutrition
Treated more than 1,460 children with severe acute malnutrition
Delivered hygiene kits for more than 1,460 mothers/caretakers
Trained 75 health staff and 148 community volunteers on prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition
International Medical Corps seeks to increase rates of routine immunization and supplementary immunization activities for children under 5 years of age through the Initiative for Supporting Polio Eradication in Northeastern Nigeria (ISPENN). Our teams are focusing especially on polio vaccination in six Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kano State.
The project will:
Reinforce the Ministry of Health’s routine immunization program to improve its performance
Strengthen supplemental polio immunization efforts
Improve community mobilization in support of child immunization and acute flaccid paralysis surveillance
In Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe states in Nigeria, an estimated 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 50 percent of those in need are children. As part of our planned scale up in relief efforts in newly accessible areas, International Medical Corps began conducting food voucher distributions in Borno in September. These vouchers help families purchase food while supporting local markets and contributing to dietary diversity. International Medical Corps uses community volunteers to implement immunization interventions especially polio vaccination activities, for children under five years old. Our teams are also responding to nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, and protection needs of conflict-affected communities, including the internally displaced and host community members. To improve the health of moms and babies, we are also upgrading primary health care centers to increase access to antenatal care and safe delivery spaces and working within communities to provide postnatal care.
ternational Medical Corps has worked in Nigeria since 2013 and currently have teams in Sokoto, Kano, and Borno states. In Borno, the epicenter of the crisis in the northeastern corner of Nigeria, our programs include health, nutrition, water and sanitation, gender-based violence prevention and response, and food security. We are also responding to emergency needs of displaced populations in Chad and Cameroon. Our interventions target both communities and health facilities and include training wherever possible so that knowledge and skills remain long after our inventions end.
Working in northern Nigeria as part of the CORE Group Polio Partnership Project (CGPP), International Medical Corps has played a key role in winning a major global health victory in the war against disease.
With the support from the European Union’s humanitarian budget, International Medical Corps has renovated the school’s broken latrines, installed 30 new showers, handwashing stations and an underground water reservoir to supply clean water.