International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Ebola outbreak: Crisis response in West Africa

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As an Ebola outbreak surges through West Africa, International Rescue Committee staff and community health workers in Liberia and Sierra Leone are working to educate people on how to stop the spread of the virus. We're also bolstering local health systems with medical staff, protective gear and logistical support.

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How We Help

  • The IRC is partnering with health officials in both Sierra Leone and Liberia to stem an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The IRC is training government and community health workers in preventing the spread of the virus.
  • Since March, the IRC has been assisting Liberia’s ministry of health county health team in Lofa with its response to the crisis by providing resources, helping to coordinate operations and communication, and supporting community engagement projects and contact tracing. 
  • In Sierra Leone, the IRC is working with traditional healers to make sure they understand that they can help control the outbreak by not treating people with symptoms and instead referring them to health facilities. 
  • The IRC is supporting the distribution of additional infection control supplies and protective equipment to 41 health facilities serving four districts in Lofa, Liberia with a total population of approximately 220,000.
  • The IRC’s country director in Sierra Leone has been appointed aid agency representative to the country’s National Emergency Operations Center, chaired by the minister of health and a World Health Organization representative.
September 10, 2014 | Blog
Health workers on the front lines have borne the brunt of the crisis. More than 225 have contracted the virus and nearly 130 have died since the outbreak began in March. The IRC says health care workers are in dire need of personal protection equipment to fight the disease.

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Updated September 2014 

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