IRC in the News
When Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prioritized West Africa’s long-term post-Ebola needs at a high-level meeting convened by the European Union, health care unexpectedly took a back seat. “The most important long-term response to Ebola,” Sirleaf told the meeting’s 800 delegates, “rests in plans and strategies for economic recovery.”
Regional and world leaders have called on the international community to scale up their efforts to rebuild the nations devastated by Ebola amid fears the death toll from the outbreak could be even higher than previously thought.
Today in Brussels, African political leaders and experts will meet to discuss how west Africa should be supported to respond to the Ebola catastrophe that has killed nearly 10,000 people.
Recommendations on how to eradicate Ebola and avoid future outbreaks were released in a report on Tuesday by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Titled ‘Risking Repetition: Are We Ignoring Ebola’s Lessons’, the report highlighted inefficiencies of the international response to the crisis. It was presented at a high level conference on Ebola, held at the European Commission in Brussels.
The Obama administration's commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced.
Fleeing civil war in his native Somalia, Liban Ali arrived in San Diego in 2001. He found peace, employment, a better life — and a disturbing mystery.“Soon after our daughter was born, we found that something was wrong with her,” said Ali, 43, a cabdriver who lives in San Diego’s El Cerrito neighborhood. “It was scary.”
These are spirited, grueling and perilous times for those trying to change the world. The risk of a gruesome death while serving humanitarian needs is frighteningly real."It's a conscious choice and has to be a calculated choice," says American aid doctor Pranav Shetty about heading into the world's most dangerous places.
For more than a quarter century, millions of people from Myanmar have been forced to flee political repression, poverty, and ethnic persecution. With nowhere else to turn, many of these refugees settled in Thailand, their neighbor to the southeast.