IRC in the News
The Maine-based epidemiologist, who is in Liberia with the International Rescue Committee, says things are much better now than they were two months ago when she first visited Liberia. The hospital where she is based, Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Liberia, has recently reopened after shutting down in October.
“This is a good country for find the dreams,” says Mustafa Ahadi, his soft, slightly broken English interrupted by the clatter of glass bottles being packed into boxes for shipping.
The world breathed a sigh of relief after the release of the World Health Organization’s latest findings on Ebola. It said the number of new cases over the past five months showed its first decline since the start of the epidemic a year ago in the three hardest hit countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Nearly 440 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the U.S. — including 15 in Georgia — since the uprising against the Assad regime began in 2011, the U.S. State Department confirmed Tuesday.
A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are no longer required to cremate the remains of loved ones to halt the spread of the virulent disease.
The U.N. Security Council warned on Tuesday that escalating Boko Haram attacks could destabilize the whole region and may amount to crimes against humanity. The council's rare statement came after Boko Haram's recent massacre in the town of Baga, reportedly the group's deadliest yet, and as violence increasingly spills over into neighboring countries.
While the medical staffs work to treat patients with the Ebola virus and the community members work to stop the spread of the virus, Lara Ho spent six weeks in Sierra Leone helping to set up isolation units and research projects.
Sarah Ndikumana, International Rescue Committee's Nigerian country director, told VICE News that NGOs still operative in the northeast are having a very difficult time trying to keep up with the need for care. She described the "scattering" that occurs when Boko Haram enters a village and residents flee, some too frantic to note where their children are, or whether they're following.