IRC in the News
In the incongruously sumptuous setting of London's historic Lancaster House, representatives of governments and humanitarian organisations listened in silence on Thursday as a British nurse, Will Pooley, recently recovered from Ebola, evoked the squalor of the Ebola wards in Kenema where he had worked, and told of the painful deaths of two Sierra Leonean children he had befriended, a young brother and sister.
As an international conference on aid to combat Ebola convened in London, a UK parliamentary committee report said aid cuts may have exacerbated the outbreak. So what's the link?
The heartbreaking yet hopeful movie, filmed largely in Atlanta, is about Sudanese refugees who came to be known as “the Lost Boys” after fleeing the violence in their war-torn country. (According to the International Rescue Committee, which has a presence in Atlanta, nearly 4,000 of the refugees came to America in 2001, 120 of whom resettled in the Atlanta area with the IRC’s help.)
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), on behalf of 34 NGOs, will warn we have a 'window of opportunity' to halt the 'exponential rise' in cases.
The only thing more terrifying than the spread of Ebola is when the hemorrhagic fever spreads to pregnant women. It’s not just a likely death sentence for the mother and fetus. It also can ravage entire public health systems meant to bring children safely into the world.