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The International Rescue Committee uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources. 


Health at the International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is a leading humanitarian agency dedicated to the health and survival of the most vulnerable people around the world. From the earliest stages of emergencies through recovery, we provide essential services.

April 7, 2021

Keeping Children Safe and Learning in a Pandemic: Education, Conflict, and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the education of more than one billion children and youth worldwide. Children in humanitarian settings are experiencing the compound crises of a public health emergency and additional barriers to their opportunities to learn, develop and thrive. School systems have responded in varying ways but children in crisis settings face unique challenges. In response, the IRC has responded in nimble and innovative ways to continue reaching the families we serve in the face of school closures and other disruptions

April 5, 2021

Working children in crisis-hit Lebanon: Exploring the linkage between food insecurity and child labor

In 2020, the IRC and the Lebanon Protection consortium (LPC) partnered to explore the linkage between food insecurity and child labor, and its recent evolution in Lebanon given the multiple crises that hit the country and the deteriorating overall environment.

March 22, 2021

10 Years of War in Syria: The Lasting Impact of a Childhood Without Peace

This brief presents new analysis on how the war is impacting the wellbeing of children at home, how the IRC's partnership with Sesame Workshop - Ahlan Simsim - is providing solutions for these children, and the actions the international community must take to avoid losing ten more years of childhood to war.

March 15, 2021

Improving Outcomes for Syrian Refugee Children: Lessons from Social-Emotional Learning Tutoring Programs in Lebanon

The IRC implemented Tutoring in a Healing Classroom in Lebanon for Syrian refugee students enrolled in Lebanese public schools over the course of two years. NYU/TIES rigorously evaluated the impact of Tutoring in a Healing Classroom (referred to subsequently in this brief as HCT) and the potential benefit of adding different skill-targeted SEL interventions

March 8, 2021

Leave No One Behind: How to include Crisis-Affected Populations in the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence

Governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector have a unique opportunity through the Generation Equality GBV Action Coalition to mobilise commitments and resources to dramatically increase access for women and girls to GBV prevention and response services in humanitarian crises

March 8, 2021

A Decade of Destruction: Attacks on health care in Syria

As Syria marks ten years of war, this report explores the widespread and devastating impact that a decade of systematic attacks on health facilities has had on Syrian civilians, and the crippling effect the decimation of the country’s health care system has had on its ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2, 2021

IRC Ethics and Compliance Unit FY 2020 Annual Report

The IRC's Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU), created in 2016, ensures that the IRC integrates a culture of integrity, prevention, and risk identification and mitigation at all levels of the organization.

February 26, 2021

The Road to COVID-19 Immunity: Building Trust and Combating Misinformation

As many people will not have wide-spread access to COVID-19 vaccines this year, these months are crucial to begin building trust, engaging communities, and increasing both knowledge and acceptance of the vaccine so that once doses do arrive, a successful rollout can occur. This brief outlines 5 things the international community to assist with these efforts.

February 17, 2021

GBV Trends Among Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar: COVID-19 update

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a pandemic which violates human rights across communities around the world. Rohingya women and girls who fled to Bangladesh following severe rights violations enacted upon them by the Myanmar military in 2017 continue to live with the threat of violence in Cox’s Bazar. Data from the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) programmes demonstrates that the risks they face are likely to be compounded by the spread of COVID-19 and the steps taken to mitigate against it.

January 22, 2021