The IRC in Liberia
The International Rescue Committee has been working in Liberia since 1996, initially helping hundreds of thousands of Liberian families rebuild after a devastating 14-year civil war as well as protecting refugees who fled violence in nearby Ivory Coast. When an outbreak of Ebola reached Liberia in March 2014, the IRC was at the forefront of the fight to stop the spread of the deadly virus. The country declared its last Ebola case in May 2015 and the IRC is providing ongoing support as Liberians recover from the crisis.
How We Help
- The IRC supports 42 health care facilities and three hospitals, providing services to over 740,000 people.
- With the IRC’s support, health workers at Redemption Hospital in the capital Monrovia were able to diagnose and isolate the country’s last Ebola patient.
- 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.