International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Ebola outbreak: Crisis response in West Africa

IRC health manager Emmanuel Boyah gives a training on Ebola prevention
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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 supporting Ebola response efforts across all fronts: treatment; surveillance; aid agency coordination; and community engagement
  • The IRC is protecting medical workers by distributing goggles, masks and other protective equipment, as well as providing training to all health workers in preventing infection
  • We will be treating those with Ebola at an IRC treatment center soon to open in Liberia
  • The IRC is preventing more people from catching Ebola through ‘alert’ systems to pick up all cases within 24 hours, as well as effective case investigation, contact tracing and community awareness
  • We are providing medical care to those with treatable diseases who would otherwise die as people are too afraid to visit health centers, and to pregnant women to ensure they still are able to have their babies delivered in a health center
November 21, 2014 | Blog
On May 26, the first case of Ebola was reported in Kailahun District in eastern Sierra Leone. The disease quickly spread to neighboring Kenema District, where the IRC has a long history, dating to 1998. Rachel Unkovic writes about the IRC's journey fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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