Global Emergency Update: August 2021
The world has been a troubled place lately. Louisiana has been struck by one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the mainland US. Haiti has been rocked by a massive earthquake. COVID-19 continues to sweep across the United States. Lebanon, already in trouble on multiple fronts, suffered another disruption to fuel supplies when a fuel tank exploded in the north, killing dozens of people and injuring many more. And the Afghan government has collapsed in the face of a rapid onslaught by opposing forces, which have entered Kabul.
As usual, International Medical Corps is responding:
- We are mobilising resources to launch a full response effort in the wake of Hurricane Ida, which slammed into the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm packing sustained winds of 150 mph. Our teams stand ready to rapidly identify needs and deploy the staff, supplies and equipment required to support locally-led response efforts.
- We are assessing the situation in Haiti, are in discussions with international aid agencies and stand ready to deploy our EMT if requested, drawing on extensive experience from our 2010 earthquake and 2016 Hurricane Matthew responses there.
- We are providing support for healthcare providers fighting COVID across the US—including in Texas, where six hospitals along the US/Mexico border are once again using our emergency field units to fight the Delta variant and treat the latest surge in patients.
- As one of the largest NGOs in Lebanon, we are continuing to support a strained healthcare system by providing a range of medical and mental health services to the Lebanese people and the refugees they host, even as they face a host of political and economic challenges.
- And in Afghanistan — where International Medical Corps began its work in 1984, and has continued providing medical and training services ever since — we will continue to provide lifesaving aid, even as uncertainty for the future grips the nation.
It’s times like these when we need your support more than ever. We are there, no matter where, committed to helping survivors of disasters get urgent medical care, basic supplies and clean water, and contribute to their long-term recovery through training that builds resilience.
Could you please make a special gift today to help us provide medical care, prevent the spread of COVID-19 and deliver urgently needed supplies and training to people devastated by disasters around the world?