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International Medical Corps

  • By: Susan MacGregor
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) focused on humanitarian relief programming in the health sector and other related sectors. The mission of IMC is to save lives and relieve the suffering of individuals and communities through both immediate medical intervention and longer-term medical training. This shift from the direct provision of medical relief to the task of training individual communities to supply their own basic public health needs is one of the key strategies that contributes to the success of IMC programs worldwide.

IMC was founded by Dr. Robert Simon, a young emergency room doctor who was troubled by the mass execution and imprisonment of Afghan doctors during the Soviet invasion in 1979. Dr. Simon made many trips to Afghanistan in the ...

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