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Nov 25, 2014
International Medical Corps opens Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone’s north where the epidemic continues to spreadJaya Vadlamudi (US contact)1.310.826.7800jvladamudi@InternationalMedicalCorps.org November 25, 2014 - Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps begins admitting patients tomorrow at a new Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone’s hard-hit Port Loko District. It is the first dedicated Ebola treatment facility in the district, which has among the highest number of suspected and confirmed cases in the country.The large-scale facility in the town of Lunsar, some 70 miles from the capital, Freetown, has three separate wards to isolate suspected, probable and confirmed cases. International Medical Corps intends to treat 10 patients during the center’s first week of operation, scaling up daily in the weeks ahead to at least 50 beds.So far, more than 150 staff members—from doctors, nurses and counselors to cleaners, chlorinators and sprayers—have received intensive and specialized training for their critical roles, all aimed at providing safe, quality and dignified care to patients, while ensuring maximum protection for staff, visiting family and the surrounding community. Recruitment and training of additional medical, psychosocial and support staff will be ongoing to accommodate the increasing caseload.“The crisis in Port Loko District is dire and getting worse. We’ve been working around the clock to get the facility open and our teams will be treating and caring for patients 24 hours a day. We hope to be at full capacity soon, but a phased start is crucial to ensure seamless and safe operations," says Hussein Ibrahim, International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team Director in Sierra Leone.The number of suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola continue to steadily climb in Sierra Leone. The latest Ministry of Health and Sanitation estimates indicate 6,535 cases and 1,699 deaths. As of November 22, the number of confirmed Ebola cases reported in Port Loko District is 779, the second highest in the country.The center will provide rapid diagnosis and quality care for infected patients, increasing their chance of survival and reducing transmission of the virus. The center will also provide urgent relief for the district’s overwhelmed health system so that local hospitals and clinics can resume their routine and vital services, and refer Ebola patients to a specialty facility.International Medical Corps’ Ebola Treatment Center in Lunsar was constructed entirely by local contractors and builders, putting back to work hundreds of people whose jobs were lost by the health crisis. More than 90 percent of the staff at the site are and will continue to be Sierra Leonean, the majority from the country’s north.   “Our entire team is deeply committed to stemming the outbreak and giving patients, families and survivors the strength and support they need to overcome the pain, grief, fear and isolation associated with Ebola,” says Ibrahim. “This facility will be a big step forward to containing the epidemic here and giving hope to the community that an end to the crisis is in sight.”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 that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. Visit www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org for more information. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.Notes to Editors: International Medical Corps will also be running an Ebola Treatment Center with a capacity of 100 beds in the city of Makeni, in Bombali district, also in Sierra Leone’s Ebola-stricken north. That facility is expected to open in mid-December. International Medical Corps’ 70-bed treatment facility in Bong County, Liberia opened in late September, and has discharged 51 patients who have recovered from Ebola.International Medical Corps’ construction and operation of the Ebola Treatment Center in Port Loko was made possible by funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance’s (OFDA), the European Commission (ECHO), UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid, Oxfam and the Qatar Charity.   
Nov 20, 2014
Nov. 20, 2014 - InterAction applauds the passage of H.R. 2901, the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013,H.R. 5656, the Global Food Security Act of 2014, and H.R. 5710, the Ebola Emergency Response Act, by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  We thank Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) for their strong leadership in bringing these crucial pieces of legislation for consideration before the Committee.Read full statement here.
Nov 20, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
Charitable giving increases as holiday season ramps upEleanor Mueller, USA TODAY Network 2:52 p.m. EST November 11, 2014(Photo: By Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images)Nonprofit organizations nationwide saw an increase in charitable giving this fall, marking an increasingly prosperous economy and setting the stage for an especially profitable holiday season.Donations to charity increased 1.8 percent over the months of July through September from the same time period in 2013, according to the Blackbaud Index."The biggest thing to note is that growth is up without the influence of major disasters," Steve MacLauglin, a director of product management for Blackbaud, said. "What we're seeing is organic growth, which is what we always want to see."The Index, which tracks more than $14 billion in U.S.-based charitable giving according to its website, also showed that 2013 was the first year since the recession to experience an increase in donations."As the economy has recovered, people tend to give more," Sam Worthington, CEO of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental international organizations, said. "We also are more aware of the challenges others face. As Americans feel better off and yet recognize that others are in need, they tend to dig deeper into their pockets and help."Full Story
Nov 18, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
International Medical Corps Deploys Ebola Emergency Response Team to Mali; Continues Lifesaving Health Care in Liberia & Sierra LeoneNovember 18, 2014 - International Medical Corps is deploying an Emergency Response Team (ERT) to Mali where the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported three deaths attributed to Ebola.  Consisting of medical personnel and experts in water, sanitation, hygiene and logistics, the ERT will work rapidly to establish an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to contain the spread of the disease. International Medical Corps is also on the ground in Sierra Leone and Liberia implementing ETUs that will provide access to treatment to 1.5 million people. In addition, the organization is urgently scaling up training programs throughout West Africa to equip frontline health care workers with the skills to stop the outbreak at its source.“Having operated in Mali since early 2013, International Medical Corps is well placed to respond quickly and effectively to this deadly epidemic,” said Rabih Torbay, Senior Vice President of International Operations for International Medical Corps. “We are collaborating with local Ministry of Health authorities to identify potential sites for an ETU to provide lifesaving care to infected citizens. Together with Plan International, International Medical Corps is also developing a training program to help prepare local health workers in Mali to respond to a large-scale Ebola outbreak.”Mali shares an 800 kilometer border with Guinea, where the first case of Ebola in the region was reported. The Malian government is in the process of tracing at least 250 people across four locations who have possibly had contact with Ebola victims.  In addition to the ETU, International Medical Corps is working to establish a center in Bamako that will provide didactic and practical training for health care professionals and community members in the areas of infection control, contact tracing and case management.International Medical Corps, which currently operates an ETU in Bong County, Liberia, plans to operate an additional three such ETUs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The organization is working closely with WHO, the CDC, the responsible government authorities in both affected countries, the US and UK governments, donor agencies and partner organizations on the ETU design to make sure each meets all isolation, care and safety needs. Most of the staff—about 90%—are local health care workers trained in Ebola treatment and prevention.International Medical Corps originally responded in Mali following the conflict in the north of the country where 3.3 million were in need of humanitarian assistance. The organization currently delivers programs in Mali in emergency health, nutrition, and women’s and children’s health and protection. 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 that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit:  www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.Jaya VadlamudiSenior Communications Officer1.310.826.7800jvadlamudi@InternationalMedicalCorps.org 
Nov 18, 2014

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