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International Medical Corps Matched with Top 25 American Express Members Project, 'Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children'

Thursday, September 25, 2008 General News J E 4
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 International MedicalCorps was selected by American Express to implement one of the Top 25 MembersProjects, 'Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children.'(http://www.membersproject.com/project/view/OZH1P1) The project was chosen outof 1,190 submissions nominated by American Express card members. The fiveprojects to receive the most votes by September 29 will vie for $2.5 millionin funding.

The five finalists will be announced on September 30 and will then moveonto a second voting round where the one with the most votes receives $1.5million; second place $500,000; third place is $300,000; and fourth and fifthplace $100,000. The winning project will be announced on October 14.

"As a mother of children who go to bed with a full stomach every night, itis heartbreaking to consider the millions of kids who do not have thenutrients their little bodies need to survive," says Paige Strackman, whosubmitted the idea to American Express. "I hope this project will bringpeople to the same conclusion I have - we can solve malnutrition throughnutrient-rich, ready-to-eat food. With enough votes from American Expresscard members, thousands of children's lives can be saved."

Hunger and malnutrition kill more people in the world than HIV,tuberculosis, and malaria combined. As food prices rise, millions are beingdriven deeper into poverty everyday while trying to afford basic staples.Many are at risk of having nothing to eat at all.

"International Medical Corps is honored to have the opportunity to matchPaige's passion for this cause with our 24 years of experience in helpingchildren in need," said Rebecca Milner, Vice President of InstitutionalAdvancement. "We are a vital lifeline for hundreds of thousands of childrenevery year, saving more than 90 percent of the children we treat. Videos ofthis dramatic recovery can be seen on our YouTube Channel."(http://ca.youtube.com/user/IMCMembersProject)

Through nutrition programs that provide relief while creating sustainablesolutions, International Medical Corps brings nutrition-rich, ready-to-eatfood to some of world's most food-insecure environments. With a mission thatfocuses on training, International Medical Corps works to empower individualsand communities, providing education on how to treat malnutrition, identifywarnings signs, and intervene before malnutrition worsens.

For more information visit our website at www.imcworldwide.org.

SOURCE International Medical Corps
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