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

The IRC has been working to curb the Ebola outbreak in Liberia since March 2014 as the country continues to rebuild after a devastating 14-year civil war. In addition to helping hundreds of thousands of displaced Liberian families, the IRC also protected refugees fleeing violence in nearby Ivory Coast.

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Ebola response in Liberia

  • The IRC is working to support hospitals and health facilities, making sure that they have the supplies and systems in place to protect themselves as they’re restoring basic health services and populations. Learn more »

The IRC's Ongoing Work

  • 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.
March 30, 2015 | Blog
Alpha Tamba, a physician assistant from Liberia, traveled to remote villages to address deadly rumors about Ebola -- including that it was being spread by the government or aid groups.