International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Sierra Leone

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The International Rescue Committee has been working to help stop Ebola in Sierra Leone since early 2014. The country is still recovering from a long and violent civil war that displaced two million people, killed more than 50,000 and fostered widespread abuse of human rights. The IRC provides vital services to help Sierra Leoneans who are struggling to get by to stay healthy and safe and find ways to move toward economic stability.

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Ebola response in Sierra Leone

  • The IRC is working close with the ministry of health to educate communities on how to stop the spread of the virus in some of the worst hit areas. We are also closely working with teachers and principals on Ebola safety measures. Learn more »

The IRC's Ongoing Work

  • The IRC enrolls students in safe schools with well-trained teachers.
  • The IRC trains rural health care providers in lifesaving techniques for treating newborns and their mothers.
  • The IRC works to lower mortality rates from treatable diseases like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea and to make childbirth safe with accessible, high-quality health care.
  • The IRC protects women from sexual violence and supports survivors.
November 12, 2015 | Blog
As Sierra Leone marked 42 days without a single case of the deadly Ebola virus on Nov. 7, the IRC warned that more must be done to ensure that outbreaks like Ebola do not happen again. "Now is not the time to let down our guard," said IRC country director Saffea Senessie.