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Emergency

A Message From Our Lebanon Team

On August 4th 2020, a deadly explosion tore through the port area of Beirut. Together, we responded immediately, supporting both those affected and our team through an incredibly challenging time.

No matter where, first there

Because disaster can strike anywhere, anytime, the ability to respond even in the most remote areas of the world is essential for effective emergency response. And with the acute phase of disaster response measured in just hours—that brief window of opportunity when most lives can be saved and life-threatening disease contained—deployment speed is critical.

With a roster of volunteer healthcare specialists on call, an experienced global staff, supplies pre-positioned internationally and EMT Type 1 (Fixed and Mobile) classification from the World Health Organization, International Medical Corps has a well-earned reputation as a fast, reliable first responder. We also focus extensively on training, preparing communities on how best to respond to adversity when disaster strikes—creating a response capability that is immediate and that ultimately fosters self-reliance.

Fast Facts:

  • 37 years in 80+ countries - Emergency response and preparedness
  • 72 hours - The acute phase of disaster response
  • 22 hours - Our response to Haiti 2010 earthquake

Areas of Focus

Current Emergencies
International Medical Corps staff is on the front lines of the world’s most urgent crises. Our teams are at work in and around Syria, where a seemingly endless civil war has displaced millions of Syrians, who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries and beyond. Our teams are delivering medical relief and other support in African nations struggling with hunger, famine and disease—including several deadly outbreaks of Ebola. All too often, decades of war make these places dangerous for residents to live—and for International Medical Corps to operate.

Key Stats:

  • Nearly 1 million surgeries performed on those injured in Syrian conflict
  • More than half of Somalia’s 12.3 million people need either protection or humanitarian assistance
  • In Northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State, nearly a quarter of a million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition

Past Emergencies
Since 1984, as soon as disaster strikes—no matter how distant or how dangerous the conditions—International Medical Corps has responded, to help those in urgent need.

Our teams have saved millions of lives by delivering healthcare and other vital relief, while providing training to those affected, enabling them to acquire the skills they need to be their own best first responders.

Key Stats:

  • We have provided more than £2.6 billion in lifesaving healthcare
  • Our work has saved millions of lives
  • We've operated in more than 80 countries, on six continents

Preparedness
We pass essential skills into local hands, preparing those in disaster-prone areas to better withstand adversity. Embedding these skills into the community lies at the heart of what we do: build self-reliance.

In keeping with our commitment to preparedness, we also train our international and national staff, actively working to increase their technical understanding. We ensure that our teams are trained across such disciplines as logistics, procurement and fleet management, enabling them to respond to any emergency quickly, effectively and safely. And our classification as an EMT Type 1, Fixed and Mobile, demonstrates to countries and communities in need that International Medical Corps can meet and exceed the rigorous standards for emergency response set by the WHO and community of practice.

Key Stats:

  • We can quickly deliver tons of critical aid to relief workers around the world following natural disasters, thanks to careful planning and valued partnerships
  • Tens of thousands of registered users globally use our online course to learn how to better coordinate emergency assistance to those in urgent need
  • We have provided more than 50 in-person workshops on four continents to build the capacity of national and international NGOs

The Only NGO Classified by the WHO as an EMT Type 1, Fixed and Mobile

The World Health Organization has classified International Medical Corps as an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Type 1 provider, capable of deploying quickly and providing both fixed and mobile medical services in response to a disaster anywhere in the world. With this classification. International Medical Corps joins an elite group of first responders. We are the only NGO in the world to offer both Fixed and Mobile EMT Type 1 capabilities (only the governments of New Zealand and Norway also offer both capabilities). We also are the first NGO in the US to offer Fixed EMT Type 1 capability, and the second NGO in the US to offer Mobile EMT Type 1 capability. Read more here.

 

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