IRC in the News
"An epidemic is one of the few catastrophes that could set the world back drastically in the next few decades," Bill Gates warns in a essay he wrote for the March 18 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. In the article, entitled "The Next Epidemic — Lessons From Ebola" — he says that the Ebola epidemic is a "wake-up call."
Farah slams the office door in tears, running down the stairs, through the parking lot and onto a hill overlooking downtown Amman. The 18-year-old tucks her headscarf in as she glares at the darkening sky, her father and brothers’ bickering still echoing in her mind.
Since the brutal civil war in Syria began in 2011, more than three million people have fled the conflict. The majority of those who have sought refuge in neighboring Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey — four in five, according to the U.N. — are Syrian women and children. Moreover, a recent study by the U.N. Refugee Agency reports that some 145,000 Syrian refugee households are headed by women.
Nearly three times more Syrians are scrambling to survive in besieged towns than the U.N. is estimating, warns an American non-profit whose members are medical professionals of Syrian descent. The Syrian American Medical Society claims in new a report that 650,000 Syrians are currently besieged in 49 communities by government forces and are facing a slow death.
The Sierra Leone government has launched a new initiative to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus. Twenty-five government hospitals will soon have infection and prevention control (IPC) units - the first of their kind in the country.
The birthing shed is full of new kids and East African refugees Gustave Deogratiasi and Hussein Aden can't help but smile. The baby goats, of course, are adorable. Better yet, the vast majority of the kids are healthy and will be great additions to a growing herd of goats managed by the East African Refugee Goat Project of Utah.