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Posted by The IRC on July 16th, 2014
As an Ebola outbreak grips West Africa, IRC staff and community health workers have been able to reach 160,000 people in over 800 villages in eastern Sierra Leone with information on how to stop the spread of the deadly virus. more »
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Posted by The IRC on June 12th, 2014
IRC engineers consult with local communities to locate latrine and bathing facilities in areas where women and girls will feel safe using them, and then build them to ensure privacy. Steps like these go a long way in preventing sexual assault and harassment. more »
Posted by The IRC on June 6th, 2014
The IRC, working closely with the Sierra Leone ministry of health and sanitation, has launched emergency interventions to prevent further spread of deadly Ebola across the country. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 10th, 2014
Aminata lives in Sierra Leone, the third most dangerous place on Earth to give birth, where one in eight women die from maternal-related causes. Skilled attendance during childbirth is considered the best intervention to ensure a safe, successful delivery, yet just 60 percent of mothers in Sierra Leone give birth with a midwife present, and only 50 percent at a health facility. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 12th, 2013
Worldwide, pneumonia kills more children under the age of five than any other cause. Learn how two simple tools -- a timer and a string of beads -- are lifesavers in the hands of IRC-trained community health workers. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 24th, 2013
The IRC helps to ensure that children affected by persecution, conflict or natural disaster do not miss out on the benefits of a good education. Here are some highlights from our work in 2013. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 3rd, 2013
Congratulations to Margaret Barnard, winner of the Half the Sky / Students Rebuild Award for her tireless, inspiring work to protect and empower women and girls in her community in Sierra Leone. more »
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Posted by The IRC on October 2nd, 2012
As part of Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, actress Eva Mendes visited the IRC-supported Girls With a Future program in Freetown, Sierra Leone. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 28th, 2012
The IRC is responding to a deadly outbreak of cholera in the West African nation of Sierra Leone that has claimed an estimated 200 lives to date, with millions more at risk. more »
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Posted by The IRC on August 21st, 2012
The primary threat to women in West Africa is not war or armed gangs, it’s their husbands. The IRC has enlisted the help of 450 marketing students from around the world to raise awareness about domestic violence. more »