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By: Lisa Ellis, International Medical Corps PREPARE
To prepare communities for disasters, International Medical Corps and the Kenya National Disaster Operations Center organized a simulation exercise in Mombasa, Kenya.
During the exercise, members broke into groups by sector including: security, water, food, operations, transportation, health, energy, banking and finance, telecommunications and communications.
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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.
By Stephanie Bowen
Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Mbarra, Uganda - After a morning of meetings with camp officials and our NGO partners, I went to meet with a group of men who are part of an education campaign International Medical Corps is running for combating sexual and gender-based violence. These men had once beaten their wives or raped women and girls. Now they are working with us to educate other men and women in their villages about the problem.
Los Angeles, Calif. - With World Food Day approaching October 16, hundreds of millions of people in the developing world continue to suffer from malnutrition as they face soaring food and fuel prices, drought and poor harvests.
The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, which founded World Food Day, estimates the number of people around the globe who are undernourished at 923 million. The World Food Program estimates 15.7 million of those in need of assistance are in the Horn of Africa; 8.6 million in Afghanistan and 3.7 million in North Korean.
Dear Friend of International Medical Corps,
As International Medical Corps approaches the quarter century milestone of delivering lifesaving emergency programs around the globe, we look back at 2007 with great pride in our achievements: helping millions of people in the 25 countries and regions where we operate to recover from crisis and live healthier, more productive lives.
Yet the challenges to providing health care through training remain significant.
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.
Civil war has engulfed much of northern Uganda for nearly 20 years bringing violence and insecurity on par with that in Darfur. But peace talks are now underway and many are optimistic that fighting between rebel soldiers and government forces will come to an end.
At the core of the conflict in is the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group with no discernible goals except to overthrow the current government and install one based on its interpretation of the Ten Commandments.
June 20, 2006 marks the sixth annual World Refugee Day, bringing further attention to refugee crises worldwide, specifically in Darfur and Chad. According to UNHCR, at the start of 2005 there were more than 19 million refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and other 'people of concern' worldwide, a 13 percent increase from the previous year. In Chad and Darfur alone, more than three million refugees rely on humanitarian aid to stay alive.
Melissa Fitzgerald is a film and television actress, recently completing her role as Carol on NBC's "The West Wing." She is currently volunteering with IMC in Northern Uganda. This is her latest email, sent to friends and family, about her experiences there.
We have spent the past few days in the Southwest part of Uganda, away from the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) in the Kyenjojo district, working in a refugee camp called KYAKA II. Most of the over 15,000 resident's of Kyaka II are refugees from the Congo (where there is civil war).
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.
In the last six months, the world has put to use the lessons of Rwanda and made a concerted effort to confront the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
The crisis in northern Uganda has been called "perhaps the most under-reported story in the world today," by Jan Egeland, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator. IMC provides this interview with its Country Director in Uganda, Henk Bruyn, to help explain the situation and the need for increased international response.