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24 Oct 2017 description
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Formative Evaluation of ‘The Fifth Child Project’: A new initiative to close the childhood immunization gap in Benishangul-Gumuz
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The Fifth Child: Closing the immunization gap - policy brief

Authors: Shiferaw Dechasa Demissie, Tracey Chantler, Emilie Karafillakis, Heidi Larson, Lilian Kiapi, Petros Gebrekirstos, Siraj Mohammed, Bersabeh Sile, Samuel Wodajo, Naoko Kozuki, Comfort Olorunsaiye, Justine Landegger


17 Apr 2011 description

As a protracted drought continues to grip many parts of the Horn of Africa, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing lifesaving water to thousands of people in Somalia and Ethiopia.

“The drought is worsening in many parts of Somalia,” said Abukar Ga’al, the IRC’s deputy country director for Somalia, “The situation is critical. People in the central and coastal regions especially are facing life-threatening shortages of water.”

10 Dec 2010 description

Nairobi 10 Dec 2010 - The International Rescue Committee and Kituo Cha Sheria are expressing concern that Kenyan police are indiscriminately raiding homes of refugees and making random arrests of individuals suspected of being in Kenya illegally.

Approximately 350 mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees, were detained earlier this week in Nairobi's largely immigrant suburb of Eastleigh and arrests continue daily.

24 Feb 2010 description

24 Feb 2010 - A water system in the Western Ethiopian town of Kurmuk that hasn't functioned properly for around 10 years is now providing clean drinking water to 900 households or about 4,200 people.

The project, jointly carried out by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and local government partners is now saving residents time and money, as well as providing safe drinking water.

"Prior to the rehabilitation of the water system, people in Kurmuk were traveling up to three kilometers to the nearby village of Horezeab to get safe drinking water and it was costing them …

20 Jan 2010 description


A humanitarian emergency, by definition, requires immediate action, and for emergency actors to be able to respond they need access to quick and flexible funding.

09 Dec 2009 description

From November 25 to December 10, the International Rescue Committee is observing the "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence." Our colleagues in Ethiopia shared this story:

In a small, thatched hut in a refugee camp on the Ethiopian border with Somalia, a group of women is having an animated discussion about the appropriate age for marriage.

Miryama*, a 16-year-old holding a small baby of her own, says she won't choose the same path for her daughter that she took herself.

15 Oct 2009 description

Today, Blog Action Day, we're joining more than 8,400 bloggers around the world to help focus attention on climate change.

Since 2000, the International Rescue Committee has worked to bring water to the people of Ethiopia's drought zones. Now, IRC water specialists are using cutting-edge technology to find and deliver this valuable resource.

In the village of Oda Keneni, IRC engineers used Geographical Information System (GIS) navigation tools to find an underground reservoir. Then they directed the water to a public faucet−or tap stand−in the village.

15 Dec 2008 description

This November, International Rescue Committee health teams undertook a week-long campaign to conduct vital eye surgeries for 89 people in Sherkole camp, a safe haven for southern Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia. Doctors targeted people suffering from cataracts, a clouding of the lens, and trachoma, an inward rotation of the eyelashes which rubs the cornea (and is most commonly found in rural areas without good water supply).

15 Oct 2008 description

The International Rescue Committee is distributing vital items such as blankets and cooking materials to help communities affected by severe flooding in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia.

The flooding, which started at the end of July, is reported to have affected more than 94,000 people and displaced almost 36,000.

01 Dec 2006 description

Borena, ETHIOPIA 01 Dec 2006 - Nearly four thousand people displaced by violent conflict, will today receive essential supplies thanks to the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

The displaced people, from the Borena and Guji zones in the Southern Oromiya region, are unable to return to their homes due to continuing fear. They have been living a precarious existence, relying on sporadic food handouts and occasional daily laboring work to survive.

In late May violence broke out in a remote area of Borena zone causing mass displacement.

10 Nov 2006 description

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA 10 Nov 2006 - In response to deadly flash-flooding, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is airlifting essential supplies to flood-affected communities in the east of Ethiopia.

Tomorrow IRC will send 18 metric tons of blankets, cooking pots and plates, soap, and blankets. The supplies will be transported to Gode, located approximated 650 kilometers south-east of the capital Addis Ababa, via US military air carrier.

"Gode zone is completely cut off by road to the outside world because of the flooding," says IRC Country Director David Murphy.

22 May 2000 description

May 22, 2000 - Heavy rain has brought desperately needed relief to the parched southeastern Somali region of Ethiopia - an area where the three-year-old drought has been particularly severe.