IRC in the News
All UK partners delivering humanitarian aid to the Philippines are now required to assess the risk of violence against women and girls and address their needs in their operations as part of a £21.6m government package to tackle sexual violence in emergency situations.
As horrific as typhoon Haiyan's impact has been on the Philippines, it’s not the first time a typhoon of great magnitude has hit the region. Bob Kitchen, the International Rescue Committee’s Director of Emergency Preparedness, explains some of the procedures his organization follows in situations like this.
Relief Efforts Under Way: MANILA-- The International Rescue Committee dispatches an emergency team to work on improving water and sanitation. Several U.N. agencies are on the ground, including UNICEF.
President of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband talks to Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman about the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines, following Typhoon Haiyan which has affected up to 11 million people.
Britain today pledged £21.6 million to help save females in disaster zones from rape and violence. The money will fund medical kits and improved security — and also prevent destitute women turning to prostitution or “survival sex” during disasters.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) announced on Wednesday that it would give £21.6 million in new funding to help protect girls and women in emergencies, most of it to be spent in six countries. It said £9 million would go to support DFID programmes with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, and most of the rest would be divided between projects in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
The United Nations appealed Tuesday for $301 million in emergency assistance to help millions of people in the Philippines affected by the typhoon that struck on Friday.
The devastation of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is painfully clear, and the latest estimate is hard to fathom: Nearly 10 million people appear to have been affected by the storm and its aftermath.