International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
International Medical Corps is currently implementing approximately 6 programs across eight provinces ( Kabul , Nangarhar , Laghman , Kunar , Nuristan , Jawzjan , Balkh and Samangan ) in Afghanistan that include provision of medical, psychosocial support and referral services for survivors of GBV through Family Protection Centers, Health Facilities and Community-based Support mechanisms, including training Health Workers, Community Volunteers and local stakeholders in GBV concepts and referral.
GBV Program in Afghanistan: International Medical Corps works to discourage the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to incidents of GBV in Afghanistan. We also use targeted social and behavior change activities to reduce the stigma of survivors. The current IMC Health Sector Response to GBV program serves four provinces-Kabul, Balkh, Samangan, and Jawzjan IMC works in close coordination with the Gender Directorate of the MoPH to implement an UNFPA-funded integrated health and women’s protection program focused on strengthening the capacity of the local health system in four targeted provinces to effectively respond to the needs of GBV survivors. Project activities provide comprehensive GBV case management services including the coordination of medical care, psychosocial support and counseling, legal, and referral services. Capacity building efforts aim to increase knowledge and skills of health professionals, social workers, and key actors related to GBV-specific information management, psychosocial support interventions, as well as establishing standard operating procedures and effective referral pathways for the health sector.
The primary function of the Protection (GBV) Program Manager is to provide technical and managerial guidance for successful implementation of GBV prevention and response activities of International Medical Corps, funded by a variety of donors. The GBV program has been growing in the past year, and expanded specifically the grass-root based approach. Currently IMC Afghanistan have two main approaches to GBV. One is through family protection centers at hospitals where medical, legal and counselling can be accessed. The other approach is through mobile units, visiting villages and towns in northern and eastern regions. In the grassroots approach, IMC provides counselling to survivors, and vulnerable groups, and run women friendly spaces providing women a space to socialize and access information. The work in the communities are supported by focal points allowing for continuous awareness raising and liaising survivors with services.