IRC in the News
"Probably 85 percent of the fevers right now are malaria," says Laura Miller, health coordinator in Sierra Leone for the International Rescue Committee. "But more of those cases will go untreated than usual."
A few weeks ago, West Point was merely the worst slum in war-racked Liberia. Today, it is both that and the most notorious urban center of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak.
In the midst of the Ebola crisis, our panel discuss what lessons can be learned from this epidemic before the next one strikes
Callies hasn’t taken a passive approach to her philanthropy — in January 2013, she spent weeks at the Domiz camp, a particularly rough Syrian refugee haven in Iraq. She interviewed residents and got firsthand accounts of refugee realities, including tent cities, where 16-person families were crammed into two-bedroom tents and where contaminated water caused rampant disease.
Some local refugees could feel the impact of the political fighting over border patrols in the southwest.
"Fifteen years ago, the greatest risk to the lives of aid workers were road traffic accidents. That is no longer the case. Violent incidents claim the lives of more aid workers than anything else," said Bob Kitchen, from the International Rescue Committee.
The Nowruz refugee camp in Syria has grown from 100 to 12,000 in four days, according to the International Rescue Committee.
Operating from inside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, a handful of disaster response experts from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are working on the question of how to help the Yazidis who make it off the mountain alive.