Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives

by International Rescue Committee
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Help Families Fleeing Crisis Rebuild Their Lives
Aug 2, 2021

A Path to Ending Malnutrition

A Nigerian mother gives her child fortified food.
A Nigerian mother gives her child fortified food.

The Impact of Your Support: A path to ending malnutrition

Malnutrition contributes to the deaths of approximately 3 million children under the age of five each year. Experts anticipate a rise in the number of malnourished children as a result of COVID-19. Now, a historic locust outbreak threatens millions with starvation.

As countries already affected by conflict and crisis face the added challenges of COVID-19 and the worst plague of locusts in generations, the IRC is supporting the health of children and families with your support.

A groundbreaking approach to treatment

After four years of research and successful studies in Kenya and South Sudan in concert with partner organizations, we’ve developed a game-changing approach to combat acute malnutrition.

We bring treatment straight to children in their homes and communities, adapting our programs to safely provide continuous care during the coronavirus crisis. We’ve already seen success with this approach in training local health workers to treat diseases like pneumonia or malaria.

We’ve also created simple and intuitive tools that community health workers can use to diagnose acute malnutrition. One example is a color-coded armband that anyone can use to measure upper-arm circumference.

With IRC training and tools, community health workers placed at health posts across Ethiopia have helped to reduce child mortality by two-thirds.

Thanks to your support, families fighting malnutrition right now are helped by the IRC with:

  • Food and medicine delivered with heightened COVID-19 safety measures; 
  • Medical support from mobile health teams for families in hard-to-access places; 
  • Malnutrition tests, a simplified treatment process, and timely follow-up;
  • Nutritious, therapeutic foods like Plumpy’ Nut, a vitamin-packed, protein-rich paste that does not require preparation or medical supervision;
  • Economic support in locust-affected regions to mitigate further damage and reduce the risk of widespread famine;
  • Direct assistance to farmers and livestock herders impacted by locusts, and special support for the most vulnerable facing a hunger crisis.

Thank you for being part of the solution.

IRC delivering safe, in-home health treatments.
IRC delivering safe, in-home health treatments.
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International Rescue Committee

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Twitter: @RESCUEorg
Project Leader:
Alix Samuel
New York, NY United States
$7,621 raised of $20,000 goal
101 donations
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Emergency Care for a Child | $23 can provide a malnourished child with emergency care, including antibiotics, IV fluids and glucose, as well as supplies to keep a child healthy after recovery.
Safe Passage | $36 can provide refugees with critical information on how to access medical care, asylum services, and what to do in case their family is separated.
English Classes for Refugees | Learning English is a critical step for refugees as they begin their new life, apply for jobs and integrate into their communities.
Year of School | $58 can supply the tuition, books and other supplies a girl needs to attend school for a year.
Reuniting a Refugee Family | Our teams work tirelessly in some of the toughest conditions in the world to locate the child's family, get in contact with them and bring them together once again.
Community Health Worker Training | IRC-trained local health workers treat patients in their own communities for everything from eye infections to malaria, saving thousands of lives.
Mobile Medical Clinics | Our teams navigate rocky terrain, mudslides and other treacherous conditions to reach children and treat them for malnutrition, cholera, and other life-threatening illnesses.
Emergency Classroom | These emergency classrooms, provide a safe space for children to learn, express themselves and bond with other children, many of whom have lost friends and family members.
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