Supporting people to help their own communities
Since we were founded, International Medical Corps has been committed to building the capacity of devastated communities so that they can recover and rebuild. Today this remains our guiding principle, everywhere that we work.
This is because we know that trained local people, equipped with the right skills, are the most effective and efficient way to provide long term support to communities.
Through our trainings, community education efforts, hospital management and preparedness projects, we pass essential skills into local hands, preparing those in disaster-prone areas to better withstand adversity. These doctors, nurses, midwives, and community health workers will remain there saving lives long into the future.
Simple changes in behaviour, from hand washing with soap to breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a child's life, can have huge health benefits and saves millions of lives each year. It is also far more cost effective to prevent the causes of illness rather than treat the effects.
We also work closely with governments and ministries of health to strengthen the health care infrastructure at all levels. Our focus on strengthening capacity builds the kind of confidence, pride, and self-esteem essential for political stability and successful development.
In Afghanistan for example 70 per cent of the doctors now working in the Afghan Ministry of Health have been trained by International Medical Corps.