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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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