International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Sierra Leone

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The IRC 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 brings vital services and protection to the vulnerable population to help them 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.
May 26, 2015 | Blog
Exactly one year ago, the first cases of Ebola were reported in Sierra Leone. Laura Miller, with the IRC team there fighting the outbreak, reflects on how much has changed in the course of the year as the country battles the highly contagious virus.