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AmeriCares and International Medical Corps Airlift Relief for Cholera Outbreak In Iraq
Date:10/4/2007

l go to internally displaced communities.

In cooperation with Iraqi health authorities, International Medical Corps distributed cholera treatment supplies for over 3,000 patients at the end of August. IMC is also supporting an educational campaign on cholera prevention that is headed by the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

AmeriCares first delivered emergency aid to Iraq shortly after the Gulf War in 1991. In response to a critical need for medicines and supplies after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, AmeriCares sent emergency airlifts to Kirkuk and Baghdad, which were the first such airlifts by a U.S. nongovernmental organization.

Since 2003, International Medical Corps has been helping to restore the Iraqi health infrastructure through the rehabilitation of health structures, training of doctors, nurses, and paramedics; providing medical equipment and drug supplies to primary health care centers; re-establishing disease surveillance systems; and extending and rehabilitating water supply and purification systems. All IMC programs focus on strengthening the existing Iraqi infrastructure to avoid the creation of a parallel system in order to encourage long-term change and limit dependence on foreign assistance.

AmeriCares is a nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs around the world. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $7 billion in humanitarian aid to 137 countries. For six years in a row, AmeriCares has been given a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating, indicating effective management practices. For more information, log onto http://www.americares.org.

Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those
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