International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organisation
dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare training
and relief and development programmes.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC is a
private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organisation. IMC UK is the UK
based arm of the organisation and is a UK registered charity.
IMC rehabilitates devastated healthcare systems and helps bring them back to
self-reliance by offering training and health care to local populations and
medical assistance to people at highest risk. Its mission is to improve quality
of life through health interventions and related activities that build local
capacity in underserved communities worldwide.
Achievements to Date
IMC was one of the first INGOs to begin relief activities in Lebanon on July 22,
2006, while the armed conflict was ongoing. Lebanon has now transitioned from
emergency to recovery, with major changes in the operational environment. While
many relief organizations have already left southern Lebanon, IMC has
progressively shifted its focus from providing temporary care to internally
displaced persons (IDPs) to rebuilding the capacities of villages and towns in
southern Lebanon and to providing sustainable solutions to the problems facing
the returning IDPs.
IMCís post-emergency activities include Primary Health Care,
Mental Health/Psychosocial services, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene operations,
as well as winterisation and small scale Vocational Training/Livelihood
As of the end of March 2007, IMC has worked in about 90
villages in South Lebanon as well as Beirutís Southern Suburbs (Dahya) and Bekaa.