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With the support of Earth Council Geneva, International Medical Corps opened a new Ebola Treatment Unit in Bong County, Liberia.

With the opening of this unit, there are just six facilities in Liberia capable of treating Ebola in the country. International Medical Corps’ Ebola Treatment Unit is about 120 miles north of Liberia’s capital Monrovia - only the second treatment unit outside of that city. Earth Council Geneva has helped make this possible – and this support will help International Medical Corps save more lives and contain this deadly virus.

Once at full capacity, the facility will employ more than 200 specially-trained staff, 90% of whom will be Liberians. And while International Medical Corps fights to contain Ebola and save lives, it will also train healthcare workers and families in affected communities to help them become their own best First Responder to this and future outbreaks.

You can find out more about the new facility and the situation on the ground in the below video.


In the following video, 60 Minutes profiles International Medical Corps efforts to stop Ebola at its source in West Africa. Reporting from the Ebola Treatment Unit run by International Medical Corps in Liberia, 60 Minutes features healthcare workers fighting the battle against the deadly disease.








November 6, 2014 – Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps will deliver a new program in sanitation marketing in the Wolayta Zone in Ethiopia with collaborative funding from Earth Council Geneva. Through this program, International Medical Corps will promote the construction of sustainable, affordable and safe latrines and hand washing facilities and deliver hygiene education for vulnerable communities.

“Earth Council Geneva’s timely and generous award will allow International Medical Corps to reach vulnerable communities plagued by chronic food insecurity and a lack of access to sanitation facilities and hygiene education, potentially saving countless lives,” said Rabih Torbay, Senior Vice President of International Medical Corps.  “We are grateful to Earth Council Geneva for its support and collaboration to improve the health and well-being of these communities by focusing on sanitation and hygiene.”

Since 2011, with support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection unit (ECHO), International Medical Corps has integrated water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) into its programs in the region to bring communities access to clean water while curtailing open defecation through the construction of latrines and promoting safe hygiene practices. However, many latrines in the area remain in poor condition, are unsafe to use and are only functional for a short period of time. Education to improve latrine construction and increase knowledge on proper use and maintenance is crucial to the sustainable sanitation and hygiene of local families. 

Through funding from Earth Council Geneva, International Medical Corps will promote an improved household latrine prototype and organize local builders to learn construction techniques. International Medical Corps will also produce promotional materials to distribute to households, coordinate with government partners to ensure sustainability and train local health workers and community members.

This program expands and complements work completed earlier this summer (August 2014) in Wolayta by DOW Chemical’s Leadership in Action (LIA) program and IBM’s Corporate Service Corps which together with International Medical Corps developed sanitation marketing activities and methodologies that can measure the effectiveness of its resilience building programs in the region.

“Earth Council Geneva is pleased to partner with International Medical Corps to build upon the effective marketing strategies and measurement tools developed in partnership with DOW Chemical and IBM to promote healthy hygiene and sanitation practices.  This is an important step to creating sustainable solutions for sanitation in Ethiopia, a project replicable in other countries. We are proud of our partnership since 2009 with International Medical Corps and the many projects we could support during these years in several countries. It is particularly pleasing to see NGO’s and large corporations work together to make life better for people in need.”  said Reto Braun, Chairman of the Board, Earth Council Geneva.

Since 2003, International Medical Corps has operated a diversified program in Ethiopia, providing training and services in WASH, livelihoods, prevention of gender-based violence, nutrition, mental health, sexual reproductive health, primary health care, HIV/AIDS and other essential needs. The organization’s programs in Ethiopia focus on rural, urban and refugee settings and are designed to be sustainable through full community participation.


About International Medical Corps

Since its inception 30 years ago, International Medical Corps’ mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster, and disease, by delivering vital health care services and sustainable development projects that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit: Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.




With the generous support of Earth Council Geneva, International Medical Corps will intervene in the village of Bait al Gadabi and provide ceramic water filters and training on their use to each of the approximately 220 households in the village.  These ceramic water filters are designed to sterilize the water for a 7 member family for a period of 3 – 4 years (depending on water quality), and are an effective and cost-effective method of assuring access to clean water for the community. International Medical Corps has notable experience distributing these types of ceramic water filters and training recipients in their use, and this intervention will have an immediate benefit in terms of increased access to clean water while also helping make these households more resilient to future environmental shocks.



EARTH COUNCIL GENEVA is helping to provide fresh water to needy people in the Philippines through our partner, IMC.

IMC has sent an Emergency Response Team, with medical staff and water and sanitation experts, to the remote island of Guiuan.  They were met by hundreds of people waiting for food, water, and medical care. The devastation is extensive.

IMC doctors started treating patients as soon as they stepped off the airplane, treating people lining the tarmac waiting for assistance at the airport. They treated infected cuts and injuries caused by flying debris.  The team is already reporting cases of diarrheal disease due to a lack of clean water, and expect to see an increase in dengue fever, tetanus and measles as well.

The team is making their way to villages on the island where no one has yet sent help, in order to tend to the sick and injured. They will drive as far as then can and then walk.




Earth Council Geneva has embarked on another venture with the International Medical Corps. There is a significant and urgent need to address some major water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in informal tented settlements in the Bekaa and North of Lebanon. The influx of Syrian refugees (more than 70,000 registered per month, though many choose not to register with the United Nations) has put increasing pressure on these informal settlements and the people are facing numerous health concerns, specifically related to sanitation and hygiene issues. Intervention is urgently needed.  Many of these tented settlements have received no support to date.

·         In a tented settlement in Miniara in the north sewage has contaminated large areas of the community and the area has since been invaded by a large number of flies. The community has yet to receive any hygiene kits and many of the residents have lice and scabies. International Medical Corps is coordinating with WASH organizations to address the sewage issues.

·         In Menieh there is a new tented settlement in the north (100 tents, 300 families), and there are approximately 300 cases of lice and scabies that have not received any medication to address these issues. As the settlement is new they have not received any aid. International Medical Corps has completed health education sessions and is coordinating with UNHCR to address sewage and latrine issues.

·         In Dedeh, International Medical Corps health educators visited Al Waha shelter, which is new and has 140 families (935 people). They found 685 children under the age of 15, 250 elderly, and 17 pregnant women. There were 250 cases of scabies infections and it is believed that all residents have lice. International Medical Corps is providing health education and working with WASH actors to address infrastructure issues.

Based on this assessment and others like it from IMC health educators, it is estimated that there are 4,000 new cases of lice and scabies in one area of the north and another 2,000 cases in Baalbek. There is an urgent need to procure more lice and scabies medications as well as hygiene kits to help address these issues. All of these supplies (with ECG’s recent support) will now be provided to communities.  First will come thorough explanations on how to use the medications and kits, as well as sessions addressing hygiene issues to prevent further infections.  Other topics, including women and children’s health, breastfeeding, etc., will be explained as well.  This should a tremendous benefit to the refugees in such dire trouble.




Earth Council Geneva has generously funded the International Medical Corps,which will enable them to implement a new project.  This endeavor will create a healthier and more hygienic environment in the El Buss Palestinian camp, as well as  among its students and teachers. This location and intervention is based on the experience gained from implementing the previous hygiene and sanitation project in Bourj el Shemali, in addition to meetings with the camp popular committees, the UNRWA schools, a water and sanitation expert at UNRWA and a water and sanitation specialist at PARD (Popular Aid for Relief and Development). This project is designed to improve the hygiene and sanitation conditions of two schools (each with primary and intermediate capacities) and use the rehabilitation of the facilities as a platform for awareness-raising on improved hygiene and waste management practices.

International Medical Corps will improve upon four existing sanitary facilities by installing water filtration systems in two primary and intermediate schools to provide access to clean and safe drinking water. Additionally, International Medical Corps will provide ToT training to teachers in the schools with the intent of passing on further hygiene and sanitation knowledge to the students through awareness sessions throughout not only this year, but years to come. Lastly, to complement the hygiene awareness, small hygiene kits containing essential personal hygiene items will be provided to the students.

This will be a significant advancement for this camp, and gratitude is extended to ECG for its continued support.




The director of the Rural Alaska Village Water Program is presently in discussion with International Medical Corps(IMC) staff, and the focus of these talks will be to create e-learning courses that can be made accessible to remote Alaskan villages. Currently, eight courses are offered through the State of Alaska, but attendance at these centrally-located courses is not always possible.

Travel to and from the communities is difficult, so having this material available online would increase its effectiveness, and enable more villagers to qualify for assistance and apply for state and federal funds.The situation in remote Alaskan villages is often similar to the difficulties faced by remote African communities, and the developing e-learning module will be tailored so that it can be used in schools and settlements in poor countries throughout the world.



March 19th, 2012

Rural Alaska is characterized by over 280 isolated villages scattered across an area larger than Europe. Many of these communities lack a safe source of drinking water or a safe means of sewage disposal.  These communities could make the change from unsafe water facilities to safe sanitation practices, but oftentimes they need direction and assistance in order to access existing US State and Federal programs.

Earth Council Genevahas partnered with the non-profit organization EarthTabs, to establish the Rural Alaska Village Water Program, an effort which will facilitate these communities in need in reaching their goal of safe water and sanitation services.  More information will be provided as the program gets underway.



Project Title:  

Provide mental health to children and adults



Northern Japan


Provide mental health to children and adults


I'm writing to you from Nairobi, where I'm helping coordinate our emergency response in East Africa.

Last week, we asked you to help us spread the word about the growing crisis in East Africa – by sharing our updates on your Facebook and Twitter, and with your family and friends. Your response was inspiring.

September 4th, 2012

Earth Council Geneva and EarthTabs have partnered to help remote Alaskan villages obtain safe water and sewer services.Some communities are in more urgent need than others, and since the program's inception in early 2012, investigations have taken place as to which communities might be best served.The following villages have been identified and are under consideration for involvement in this program; Gambell, Kivalina, Koliganek, Tuluksak, Teller, and Wales.  Communication with these communities has begun, and updates will follow!



Project Title:  

Provide Libya with basic medical supplies and equipment



Libya / Egypt


Provide Libya with basic medical supplies and equipment


Although the official death toll is unknown, hundreds are expected to have been killed. Aftershocks continue to shake the country, including a second 7.4-magnitude earthquake. Approximately two million people around Tokyo currently do not have electricity, while cell phone service is reported to be down across central and northern Japan.

Project Title:

Marine debris clean-up



Alaska’s Shelikof Strait


Marine debris clean-up effort on the remote shores of Alaska’s Shelikof Strait

Project Title:  

Responding to devastating floods in Pakistan





Delivering lifesaving medical care

Beneficiaries:   The people of Haiti