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Director of Global Communications
June 30, 2011 - Los Angeles, Calif - Severe droughts in the Horn of Africa brought on by consecutive dry rainy seasons, have inflicted wide scale crop failure and food insecurity on already resource-poor communities struggling to survive in the region. International Medical Corps is preparing for an emerging humanitarian crisis in refugee camps in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
After 15 years as a refugee in Sudan, Tirhas Ghebrekristos decided it was time to go home. Her four children were growing up quickly and, even with a good education, would be prohibited from working in Sudan. In addition, the political situation in her homeland of Eritrea had improved and the international community was making provisions for the safe return of refugees.
As she and her children joined a United Nations convoy in February 2004, the 40-year-old widow felt a mixture of apprehension and excitement.
Afghanistan: IMC's 20-year history of medical assistance, health care training, and relief and development programs in Afghanistan reflects the depth of its long-standing commitment to the Afghan people.IMC currently supports and operates over 45 community-based health centers including 40 maternal child health clinics, four emergency obstetric care centers, and one provincial hospital. IMC also supports an extensive community health care network, including well-equipped training centers in 10 provinces across Afghanistan.
For those suffering from disease, warfare or disaster, even a small bag of seeds can go a long way toward re-building shattered lives. Seeds provided by International Medical Corps represent a source of food, potential income, and hope for tens of thousands of people in regions around the world being served by IMC.
The recurring drought in Ethiopia in recent years has devastated the nutritional well being, general health status, food security, and economic stability of the population. International Medical Corps is planning an emergency nutrition and health program in Ethiopia that will minimize the effects of the drought on the population in drought-affected areas.
A team of experts from International Medical Corps arrived in war-torn Eritrea today to implement an emergency medical relief program for more than 50,000 residents who fled their homes during the war and are now living in makeshift camps in the Gash-Barka zone.