International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Liberia

A doctor assists Ivorian refugees at a clinic along the Liberian-Ivorian border
Photo: Peter Biro/The IRC

Liberians are cautiously rebuilding their country after a devastating 14-year civil war left 250,000 dead and destroyed infrastructure and basic services. In addition to helping hundreds of thousands of displaced Liberian families, the IRC also protected refugees fleeing violence in nearby Ivory Coast and continues to provide them with health care, education, job training and other important resources as their country negotiates the difficult road to peace.

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  • The IRC supports 42 health care facilities and three hospitals, providing services to over 740,000 people.
  • The IRC trains local health workers, conducts health outreach and provides reproductive health services, including family planning, to women and girls.
  • The IRC provides counseling to survivors of sexual and physical violence and works with local communities to improve the safety of women and girls. 
  • The IRC links at-risk girls with employment opportunities, entrepreneurship training and life-skills training, and provides mentorship programs for girls between the ages of 12 and 15.
  • The IRC is training more than 1,000 families on positive parenting techniques to reduce violence in the home and encourage healthy child development.
June 12, 2014 | Blog
IRC engineers consult with local communities to locate latrine and bathing facilities in areas where women and girls will feel safe using them, and then build them to ensure privacy. Steps like these go a long way in preventing sexual assault and harassment.