IRC in the News
There’s something spreading even faster than Ebola: Ebola panic. Spain was the first country affected, after a nurse’s aide caring for a priest was infected. Before too long, erroneous headlines claimed that people were being infected at fast-food restaurants.
Now I'm no fan of "very potentially dangerous flights," but according to a slew of domestic and international medical experts, from the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to the health director of the International Rescue Committee, a travel ban is a bad idea.
Tanzania has granted citizenship to 162,156 Burundians who came into the country in 1972 fleeing ethnic conflict in their country. The naturalisation now gives the refugees citizenship with rights to employment and property.
Rick Neal’s difficult conversations began almost the moment he started thinking about hopping on a plane to western Africa to help set up a hospital to treat Ebola patients. A stay-at-home dad who left his life as an international aid worker to settle down and raise a family in Columbus, Neal broached the subject in a way that he hoped was upfront but respectful.
The humanitarian system faces growing and complex challenges today, especially in aiding refugees. This was one of the reasons for hosting a dialogue with David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), for the launch of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility last week at The New School.
The U.S. government has options for restricting travel from the West African nations suffering most from Ebola, but none would fully prevent the virus from entering the country and all would bring complications, health experts said.
The world is finally focusing its attention and resources on the Ebola crisis. After what World Bank President Jim Yong Kim this summer described as a “failed” international reaction, there is now serious mobilization of money, people (both military and civilian), medicine, and equipment. The commitments, led by the United States, are producing real action on the ground. That’s the good news.