IRC in the News
Two days ago, we published a piece on how funders had dropped the ball on Syria. Yesterday, Hamdi Ulukaya pledged $2 million to the UNHCR and IRC the aid Syrian refugees, making us feel somewhat better. It's the biggest gift we know of to alleviate human misery around Syria's borders on a scale hard to fathom.
UK’s former foreign secretary visits Sierra Leone capital Freetown and says treatment alone will not stop death toll.
Americans are focused on our country's efforts to treat ebola patients once they've reached the United States. But the way to roll back the spread of Ebola is to stop it at its roots, and that means West Africa.
The sudden reversal of policy, which now favours interrogation of West African arrivals, owes more to Dracula-at-Whitby fears than to solid proof.
The Middle East is in turmoil, beset by ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts that together have created one of the gravest global humanitarian crises since World War II. And once again a US-led military coalition is dropping bombs in the region.
Speaking on a visit to Freetown, former foreign secretary David Miliband, who is now head of the International Rescue Committee, told the Guardian that this was a crucial moment in the spreading of Ebola and that treatment alone wouldn’t stop the rising death toll.
“The International Rescue Committee was one of the first to actually take the WakaWaka power into Syria, to provide light and power to Syrian refugees, and now... the WakaWaka is the most valued non-food item in Syria," said Van Gestel.
ALL ports of entry across the UK, not just London, should face screening for Ebola, a senior MP has suggested after the UK Government rapidly changed its position on health checks amid rising concerns over the spread of the deadly virus.