The establishment of International Medical Corps in 1984 ushered in a new and different kind of relief agency. By providing health care through training, International Medical Corps challenged—indeed, changed—the very definition of relief work.
We were on the ground in Haiti within 48 hours to assist survivors of Hurricane Matthew, a storm that caused widespread destruction over areas of southwestern Haiti, leaving nearly one and a half million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Our response teams provided emergency relief, then moved to contain an outbreak of cholera that followed the initial disaster. Our response ended in the spring of 2017.
As First Responders, International Medical Corps doesn’t wait: whenever and wherever disaster strikes, our teams get there first to help those most in need.
- We provide emergency relief often within hours to those hit by disaster, no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions.
- We train people in their communities, providing them the skills needed to recover from the adversity disasters bring, chart their own path to self-reliance and become effective First Responders themselves.
- We integrate our core strengths into programs shaped to assist local communities as they make the journey from relief to self-reliance. Staying true to our mission, training underpins all of what we do.
We deliver emergency healthcare and related services to those affected by conﬂict, natural disaster and disease, no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions. We then train people in their communities, providing them with the skills they need to recover, chart their own path to self-reliance and become effective First Responders themselves.