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International Medical Corps shared 3 decades of on ground experience at DIHAD 2015

International Medical Corps' UAE Managing Director to Give Keynote Address at 12th Annual DIHAD Event

Key Leaders will Discuss Ways to Bolster Humanitarian Relief and Training in Crisis Hot Spots

UAE, Dubai: 28 March 2015: International Medical Corps, a leading global first responder, will provide in-depth insight into ongoing humanitarian crises at a panel discussion and other conference activities to highlight the emergency response, medical, and logistical capacity building activities in the future at DIHAD 2015.

The organization's key leaders for the region will join global, regional and local players in the humanitarian and development sector to discuss current affairs, crisis-stricken communities and humanitarian disasters that need our undivided attention as they work together to supply vital services, enhanced medical relief, and humanitarian development and training.

Kevin Noone, Managing Director of International Medical Corps UAE notes of the organization's mission, "International Medical Corps is much more than just a relief agency. While we assist those in urgent need anywhere, anytime, no matter what the conditions, providing lifesaving health care and health care-related emergency services, we also provide training. Providing communities with knowledge and skills is an investment that benefits us all because it prepares local residents to be their own best First Responders should disaster strike."

In his remarks, Noone will highlight International Medical Corps' experiences with respect to the Ebola patients in West Africa, and focus on the organization's future expansion plans and strategic goals within the humanitarian and development sectors.

International Medical Corps' membership with International Humanitarian City (IHC) last year paved the way for expanding its global partnership with United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) and World Food Programme (WFP) to utilize their warehouse in the in the UAE. Its partnership with DLA Piper in the UAE added pro-bono legal services for ongoing International Medical Corps programs and expansion activities. International Medical Corps' held its first Annual Asia conference at International Humanitarian City, bringing together a diverse, dedicated and dynamic team from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Philippines, Japan, UAE, United States, United Kingdom and Croatia, under one roof for improved coordination and planning activities.

Chief Executive Officer of Dubai International Humanitarian City, Shaima Al Zarooni comments, "The IHC is home to several international humanitarian organizations, including International Medical Corps (IMC) that built the foundation of humanity through its delivery of relief and its development activities across all borders. IHC's warehouses facilitates IMC's emergency response and we are pleased with the ongoing efforts run from their hub in Dubai towards their international operations"

At the Abu Dhabi Declaration, HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan acknowledged and commended International Medical Corps for its relief and training efforts. International Medical Corps and other humanitarian organizations put forward their best solutions on how to tackle health crises affecting women, adolescents, children and newborns based on successful programs on the ground.

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This year, International Medical Corps' Logistics Team will contribute to DIHAD's conference objectives by sharing lessons learned in the field, highlighting new trends in operational support and logistics, and strengthening its network among global players to support vulnerable communities worldwide.

Director of Strategy and Partnerships for GCC and MENA at International Medical Corps, Abeer Shubassi further explains, "DIHAD 2015 is a great opportunity for our senior logistics team to meet potential vendors and organizations with whom we already work to further strengthen relationships, understand our scope of work and expand our logistics outreach. Based on our collaborations with local leaders in the humanitarian sector, we hope to partner with the Lions Club Foundation (IHC member) and Quality Health International to implement emergency response and medical capacity building projects in the UAE, and implement projects abroad in partnership with UAE stakeholders."

International Medical Corps' pressing priorities for 2015 are to implement innovative partnership models that are not only sustainable but also approachable to local public, private, civil society and academic sectors. In addition, the organization will work to strengthen emergency response through projects that are relevant to the UAE stakeholders and formulate health care policies, and systems.

DIHAD 2015 will take place from the 24th-26th March at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE. Alsayegh Media will be the official media partner for International Medical Corps throughout DIHAD 2015, as a part of their CSR initiative.

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About International Medical Corps:
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 and sustainable development projects that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning hardest-hit populations to self-reliance. For more information visit:  www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org

About DIHAD 2015:
Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, International Humanitarian City, Dubai Cares and the

Organisation of Islamic Conference. Index will host the 12th edition of Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition - DIHAD - 2015. This unique event will take place from the 24 - 26 March 2015 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

© Press Release 2015

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