International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
In April, 2009, in an effort to find sustainable solutions to global environmental health problems, International Medical Corps and Earth Council Geneva launched a strategic partnership to benefit communities impacted by the severe scarcity of vital resources. The new alliance will take place on both the global and country levels, and will focus on strengthening the quality, accountability, and efficiency of water, sanitation, hygiene, and other environmental health interventions.
“We are pleased to join forces with Earth Council Geneva. Their trust and support will enable us to build upon our 25 years of delivering life-saving health interventions, specifically providing clean water and hygiene education to the world’s most vulnerable populations,” said Rabih Torbay, Vice President of International Operations of International Medical Corps.
"I greatly admire the accomplishments of International Medical Corps,” said Reto Braun, Chairman of the Earth Council Geneva. “This partnership is precisely in line with our aim to support specific projects worldwide, possibly with the ECG expertise of e-learning programs, particularly in the area of water, sanitation and other related services."
Consistent with its mission of building capacity and transferring skills to local populations, International Medical Corps will ensure its efforts are sustainable by mobilizing and training community members.
The partnership’s priorities will include:
According to the World Health Organization, climate change is a significant and emerging threat to public health, and changes the way we must look at protecting vulnerable populations. Climate variability and change cause death and disease through natural disasters such as heat waves, floods and drought.