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IMC's mobile clinics bring health care to those who need it most
By Sonia Walia
In recent years, the coastal region of Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka has been buffeted by civil war and natural disaster. A long-standing conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan Army, and the paramilitary group, Karuna, has created a persistent climate of fear and instability. The violence has driven thousands of people to abandon their villages and seek security in camps. When the tsunami struck the coast in December of 2005, thousands more were displaced.
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.
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka/ Washington, DC, USA, March 21, 2007 --Although fighting and insecurity continue to affect large parts of eastern Sri Lanka, International Medical Corps will establish two mobile health clinic teams to assist the local population. People living in Southern Trincomalee District, where IMC has worked in the past, have been affected by the ongoing conflict and are still recovering from the 2004 tsunami. Both host communities and large groups of internally displaced people are now in desperate need of medical assistance.
The Human and Physical Toll
230,000: deaths (including those listed as missing)
430,000: homes destroyed
5,000,000: livelihoods in jeopardy
2,174: miles of roads destroyed
100,000: fishing boats destroyed or damaged
10 billion: dollars in damage
167,242 deaths (including those listed as missing)
504,518 people displaced
4.5 - 5 billion dollars in damages
IMC began to help immediately.
On December 26, 2004, a massive undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a series of gigantic waves that all but swept away life along the …
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One year after the tsunami that devastated
coastal areas of Indonesia and Sri Lanka, International Medical Corps is
still on the ground, providing services.
From mental health and psycho-social programs that help the spirit, to micro-finance projects that boost the economy, IMC has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of survivors.
TIME PERIOD: 1st-30th September 2005
I. Program Activities by Grant
A. Health -- Mental health
11 on-the-job mental health training sessions have been delivered in 7 MOH areas in Kalmunai (please, see table below).
Medical education. Economic development. Mental health.
IMC deeply appreciates the support it received from individuals, corporations and foundations during the first 90 days following the December 26 tsunami disaster. Cash and in-kind donations during this period totaled $35,327,000.
According to Nancy Aossey, IMC's President and CEO, "These critical donations allowed us to immediately and successfully respond to the needs of tsunami survivors.
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.
DHL employees band together to pay for shipment to tsunami-ravaged Ampara
With the massive destruction of infrastructure, especially in transportation, communications and health care, relief efforts in Sri Lanka and elsewhere throughout tsunami-devastated South Asia continue to face mounting challenges. Although no major epidemics have occurred, fears of disease outbreaks from contaminated water and food shortages persist as the country marks the two-month anniversary of the disaster.
California's leading non-profit groups coordinate to provide emergency medical aid to tsunami victims
January 24, 2005- International Medical Corps has received a donation valued at $1.9 million from Direct Relief International, Santa Barbara, CA. $720,000 in cash is earmarked for additional IMC mobile medical clinics in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
With the massive destruction of infrastructure, especially in transportation, communications and health care, relief efforts in Sri Lanka and elsewhere throughout tsunami-devastated South Asia continue to face mounting challenges. Ongoing tensions between the Tamil fighters and the Sri Lankan government create additional potential obstacles to the relief efforts. The disaster's toll continues to rise as fears of disease outbreaks from contaminated water and food shortages persist.
Two American aid organizations are joining forces to deliver emergency health services to tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province.
International Medical Corps (IMC), a global humanitarian relief organization, is partnering with VeAhavta, an all-volunteer organization providing charitable assistance in Sri Lanka's war-torn northern and eastern regions, to help solve the immediate problem of access to health care for tsunami-affected communities, as well as address the longer-term issue of rebuilding the area's health care capacity.