International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Health Care

A mother with her newborn baby receives a check-up by IRC midwife Rose Jua at a
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

Each year, millions of people, particularly women and children, die from preventable causes in countries affected by violent conflict and natural disasters. Most of these deaths are the result of disruptions related to crisis: poor sanitation, shortages of food and medicine, and inadequate prevention. The International Rescue Committee saves lives and promotes health by providing essential services such as primary health care, and critical resources such as clean water.  We work with local organizations to ensure they have the capacity to provide these services and resources over the long term.

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How We Help

  • The IRC supports environmental health services, including water, sanitation and hygiene, for 2.9 million people in 15 countries.
  • The IRC supports primary health care services, including reproductive health, child health,  and nutrition, for 14.6 million people in 21 countries.
  • The IRC helps rebuild health care data systems, including information, quality assurance, and governance systems.
  • We conduct high-quality research and monitoring to enlarge the evidence base on global health.
  • We work in collaboration with colleagues from other sectors, including children’s programs, economic recovery and development, governance and rights, and women’s protection and empowerment, to provide services in an integrated, comprehensive manner.
January 29, 2015 | Blog
The IRC's Yolanda Barbera illustrates the risk and responsibilities undertaken by Ebola first responders working in an isolation unit.