Jonas Savimbi
Pioneering L.A. nonprofit is saving lives in Afghanistan

Peering through a gap in her black veil, Bibi Totia watched anxiously as the doctor examined her fussing grandson in a crowded refugee camp near the Pakistan border. The doctor diagnosed flu and handed her a prescription for an antibiotic from the free pharmacy. "God bless you," she said, clutching the precious piece of paper to her chest. For nearly a quarter of a century, Totia has relied on the doctors of the International Medical Corps to care for her family, first as a refugee in Pakistan and now as a refugee in her own country, Afghanistan. Although less well known than the Nobel-winning Doctors Without Borders, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit shares a reputation with its...