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As Ebola cases spike, IRC’s David Miliband visits DRC: “The situation is far more dangerous than the statistic of 1000 deaths, itself the second largest in history, suggests”

Ebola response needs major reset to earn trust of local people

Over 1600 cases, over 1000 deaths have now been recorded;The April number alone (406 cases) would be the fourth largest outbreak in history; Ebola response needs major reset to earn trust of local people. The ongoing Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed 1,074 people. In…

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Unprecedented number of people forced to flee home in Burkina Faso; International Rescue Committee (IRC) launches response

The west African nation is experiencing a period of escalating violence, leading to the country’s greatest displacement crisis in recorded history

Since July violence involving militant groups has displaced almost 150,000 people in Burkina Faso -- and numbers continue to rise as violence continues; the IRC conducted an assessment and spoke to over 320 people to understand the needs of displaced people in Djibo, Sahel region; people report that they most…

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Attack on International Rescue Committee (IRC) supported hospital in DRC leads to loss of life; IRC Ebola responders caught in violence

With more than 13 million people in need of aid, DRC is one of the world’s most complex, chronic and long-standing humanitarian crises

Three IRC staff caught up in attack that led to tragic loss of life of an Ebola Response staff member; IRC stands with the community and sister organizations in mourning this attack; To date more than 1,290 people have contracted Ebola since the outbreak began in August 2018; Outbreak is…

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International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls for action from Europe and US as conflict in Tripoli, Libya worsens

Global leaders have been unable to present a united front in the face of the violence

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned by increasing fighting around Tripoli, Libya, which last night claimed the lives of 11 civilians and injured 22, including an IRC staff member. Global leaders have been unable to present a united front in the face of the violence. The IRC is calling on European…

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Mia Farrow calls for improving the global system for treating malnutrition following visit to South Sudan

860,000 children are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in South Sudan in 2019

Mia Farrow has returned from South Sudan where she visited health programs run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). In her new role as an IRC Voice, Farrow is calling for improvements to the global system for treating acute malnutrition and is urging United Nations agencies, NGOs and governments to collaborate…

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As violence continues in Tripoli, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls for immediate action to protect all civilians in Libya

The International Rescue Committee calls for an end to hostilities and an urgent political solution to the crisis prioritising the welfare of Libyan citizens and non-Libyan people

The escalating conflict in Tripoli has so far claimed the lives of 21 people, including two medical staff who were supporting field hospitals. The International Rescue Committee calls for an end to hostilities and an urgent political solution to the crisis prioritising the welfare of Libyan citizens and non-Libyan people.…

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Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) surpasses 1000 cases, daily case rate on the rise

As Ebola response workers face violence on an almost daily basis, working in partnership with the community is the key to bringing this outbreak to an end

Since the Ebola outbreak was declared in August, the confirmed and probable case count has now surpassed 1000; case numbers are on the rise which is not what we expect at this stage in the outbreak that may last another six to twelve months; in the past week we have…

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Cyclone Idai wreaks havoc in Zimbabwe; the International Rescue Committee (IRC) launches immediate emergency response

The IRC is also supporting those displaced with food and kits for women

With tens of thousands of people impacted by Cyclone Idai and in need of assistance, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is on the ground in the hardest hit areas providing medical care, supplies, and kits for women. Cyclone Idai made its way into Zimbabwe on Friday, March 15 causing massive…

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Ahead of International Women’s Day, International Rescue Committee violence experts reveal five most dangerous places to be a girl right now

Niger, Yemen, Bangladesh, South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) are currently posing the most dangers to girls living there

Ahead of International Women’s Day, the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) violence experts today revealed the five most dangerous places to be an adolescent girl right now. Analyzing indicators such as child marriage, adolescent birth rates, literacy, rates of violence and child labor, in contexts where IRC operates, IRC experts concluded…

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Postponement of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo is extremely dangerous

President Kabila has been pushing back elections since his constitutionally mandated term ended in 2016, which has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the country

The postponement of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is worrying and potentially dangerous for the Congolese people and for aid agencies working to address massive humanitarian need in the country, including the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. While the International Rescue Committee acknowledges the importance of…