IMC 2006 Annual Report
Dear Friend of IMC,
In the 23 years since International Medical Corps first began its work to ease human suffering, we have witnessed both the heartbreak of tragedy and the resilience of the human spirit. 2006 was no exception.
Ongoing drought beset the Horn of Africa. Indonesia and Sri Lanka struggled to recover from the tsunami of late 2004. Conflict gripped Darfur, Northern Uganda, and Afghanistan, while in Azerbaijan thousands remained displaced years after their country's ceasefire with neighboring Armenia. In all of these fragile, far-flung places, IMC provided training and critical care to struggling people, bringing both immediate relief and the hope for longer-term opportunity and progress. The following pages highlight just some of the many remarkable efforts made by IMC volunteers and staff during the past year to address urgent public health needs in the world's most vulnerable communities. Whether responding to disaster, strengthening the health and well-being of women and children, providing mental health care, or rebuilding local health systems, we at IMC remained focused on the big picture: helping communities survive, get back on their feet, and begin the journey toward self-reliance. True to our mission, IMC worked to pass on the skills and knowledge essential for this self-reliance through its training programs - from the operating room to the finance office.
Central to International Medical Corps' ability to help those in need is the support we have received from those of you who share our mission and believe as we do - that together, we can have an impact. On behalf of all IMC volunteers, staff, and the people we serve, we want to thank the many individuals, corporations, foundations, governmental agencies, and other organizations that make our work possible. We look forward to continuing our work together.
Robert Simon, MD, Founder and Chairman
Nancy A. Aossey, President & CEO
Training. Vaccinations. Clean water. Nutritious food. mental health support and treatment. For most in the developed world these are readily available, but in the 21 countries and regions around the world where International medical Corps worked in 2006, such basic needs often go unmet, particularly during a conflict or disaster. Thanks to the generosity of its donors and partners, IMC's work last year reached more than 15 million people through comprehensive, communitybased programming that included health care training and education, extensive vaccination campaigns, the provision of clean water and sanitation services, supplemental feeding, and mental health support for victims struggling to cope with loss or grief as they worked to rebuild their lives.
Despite this diversity, virtually all of the more than $115 million in assistance we delivered during 2006 carried with it a single long-term goal: self-reliance - to help disaster-affected communities care for themselves long after our work has ended. That is why we make training and education a central part of our programs in primary and mental health care, nutrition and agriculture, water and sanitation, and income generation. By passing on our knowledge and skills, IMC helps fragile communities emerge from crisis and begin rebuilding their lives with confidence, dignity, and hope.
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2006:
- provided nearly 135,000 people with HIV Aids testing, treatment, and education responded within hours to the Yogjakarta earthquake and Jakarta floods in Indonesia; was one of the first international relief organizations to arrive after war broke out in Lebanon
- trained more than 1,400 health care workers to deliver mental health services to 95,000 survivors of natural disasters and violent conflicts treated nearly 1.8 million patients in 1,541 fixed and mobile clinics and treatment sites on four continents
- trained 9,300 doctors, nurses, midwives, community based health workers, traditional birth attendants, and others to deliver quality health care in their communities, perpetuating and expanding IMC's legacy of passing on the precious gift of knowledge and with it, self-sustaining care
- implemented approximately 8,100 small and large scale water and sanitation projects, including delivery of clean water and storage tanks, digging of wells and latrines, and the rehabilitation or construction of water systems and sewage disposal plants
- educated millions worldwide in how best to fight the greatest threats to their health and the health of their families, including infectious and communicable diseases like HIV Aids, tuberculosis, and malaria, as well as poor hygiene
- implemented cash-for-work, micro-credit, and business training opportunities that resulted in more than 60 new businesses, community associations, and revolving loan funds, and generated income for almost 10,000 individuals and their families
- provided 610,000 malnourished mothers and children with community-based nutrition services to enable them to survive today, while at the same time focusing on long-term strategies for fighting famine and hunger