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The IRC's impact at a glance

Updated 

Our impact

In 2015, more than:

23 million

people benefited from International Rescue Committee programs and those of our partner organizations.

That's nearly 5.5 million more individuals than we were able to reach in 2014.

Read our annual report.

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. 

Thanks to the generosity of IRC supporters, more than 23 million people benefited from IRC programs and those of our partner organizations in 2015—nearly 5.5 million more individuals than we were able to reach in 2014.

In 2015, the IRC and its partner organizations:

  • Helped more than 21 million people gain access to primary and reproductive health care. Vaccinated more than 440,000 children under the age of one against measles.
  • Supported 2,384 clinics and health facilities that helped more than 315,000 women deliver healthy babies.
  • Supported more than 13,000 community health workers to treat communicable diseases in children under age 5 and treated 186,000 children under age 5 for acute malnutrition.
  • Gave 2.6 million people access to clean drinking water or sanitation.
  • Provided schooling and educational opportunities to more than 1.3 million children; trained more than 54,000 educators and supported 7,959 schools.
  • Provided counseling, care and support to more than 36,800 vulnerable children and trained 9,525 child protection workers.
  • Provided 24,555 families with parenting support.
  • Created 1,716 village savings and loan associations that benefited more than 38,000 members who saved a total of nearly $1.8 million.
  • Trained more than 14,900 farmers in agriculture and agribusiness, and provided more than 34,700 farmers with access to markets and farm resources including seeds and fertilizers.
  • Provided job-related skills training to more than 27,000 people.
  • Helped create or support 8,760 businesses.
  • Provided $11.8 million in cash and asset transfers to 75,625 refugees and displaced households.
  • Provided counseling and health, social and legal services to more than 11,400 survivors of gender based violence (GBV); trained 33,000 people in GBV prevention and reached some 750,000 people with community-based violence prevention efforts.
  • Offered legal assistance to more than 35,450 people; trained 18,267 people in the principles of human rights and protection; offered information on preventing and responding to human rights abuses to more than 190,000 people.
  • Trained over 25,800 people in the principles of governance (improving government accountability) and provided information on governance to 168,400 people.
  • In the United States, helped resettle 9,961 newly arrived refugees and provided services to over 36,000 refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants.
  • Through the IRC Resettlement Support Center in Thailand assisted 18,151 refugees from East Asia to resettle in the U.S.

Read more about our impact in our latest annual report.

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