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

The International Rescue Committee has been at the forefront of the fight to stem the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia since the outbreak began in March 2014. We're working closely with local governments in both countries on the transition to recovery and long-term rehabilitation of health systems, schools and communities.

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  • 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 ensuring public health units are equipped with goggles, masks and other protective equipment, as well as providing training to all health workers in preventing infection
  • 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
  • In Liberia, the IRC focused on some of the worst hit areas of Monrovia. We’ve supported the reopening of Redemption Hospital, the largest public hospital in Montserrado County. We also trained teachers, principals and community leaders in back-to-school Ebola safety
  • In Sierra Leone, the IRC and partners launched a community “early warning system” to detect Ebola. We’re also training teachers on how to talk to students about Ebola
  • While schools were closed during the Ebola crisis, the IRC ensured that children were able to continue to learn through informal learning groups, educational radio programs, and access to library books
  • In anticipation of a potential spread of the virus across borders, the IRC has been providing infection prevention and control trainings to government and healthcare workers in Mali and Ivory Coast
July 2, 2015 | Blog
News this week that Ebola has resurfaced in Liberia is a stark reminder of the ongoing threats facing the country, the IRC said in a statement today. These new cases must also serve as a wake-up call to the chronic issues with health systems that remain unaddressed.

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