Following the disastrous tsunami in 2004, World Shelters raised funds to provide 20 shelters to International Medical Corps for use in Sri Lanka as portable medical clinics. Additional shelters were delivered to a village in Galle, Sri Lanka and in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. International Medical Corps was founded in 1984 by volunteer physicians and nurses. IMC is a private, nonpolitical, nonsectarian global humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives and eradicating suffering through emergency relief, development and health care training programs. The shelters shipped for IMC’s use as clinics measured 23 ft long x 11 ft wide x 8.5 ft tall, with 255 square feet of space. Each shelter was packed in two bundles weighing a total of 125 lbs, able to be hand-carried and easily transported by two people. IMC used additional shelters both for housing and services for displaced persons and for IMC’s own operations.
IMC Reports from the Field
“IMC volunteer physicians, working in Sri Lanka’s hard-hit northeastern coast, helped establish a transitional field hospital in the town of Kinniya, where the town’s existing hospital was completely destroyed by the tsunami. In less than a week’s time, IMC doctors helped build the Kinniya Transitional Hospital’s emergency room capacity and began to institute a formal curriculum in emergency medicine tailored to the hospital’s needs. IMC doctors reported that the temporary hospital, located in a region of Sri Lanka where severely limited access to health care was compounded by the tsunami, was running smoothly in spite of a heavy caseload of over 500 people a day. In addition to providing care at the Kinniya Transitional Hospital, IMC doctors have helped run mobile clinics at four different locations and treated patients in a camp for displaced persons located twenty miles south of Trincomalee District. IMC will be providing additional mobile clinics as well as help to rehabilitate local health clinics that have been poorly maintained during years of civil war. IMC will work directly with the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka to improve the health status of tsunami-affected populations over the next year. A major priority in reaching this goal will be IMC’s participation in the rehabilitation of destroyed health facilities and hospitals in the Eastern Province.” [Click Here to Visit IMC’s Website]