International Rescue Committee UK was founded in 1997 as the European headquarters of the IRC global network. We raise funds for our overseas programmes, provide programme management and technical support, and carry out policy and advocacy work in the UK and Europe on issues affecting people caught up in conflict and disaster.
Our global impact
IRC-UK supports IRC programmes across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean where, in 2010:
- We gave 1.7 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
- Our doctors, nurses and community health workers provided 21 million people with primary and reproductive health care.
- We vaccinated over 500,000 children against measles and other childhood diseases.
- IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 192,000 women deliver healthy babies.
- We trained over 11,000 educators and supported 2,255 schools attended by 420,000 students, over half of them girls.
- We created or obtained over 23,000 jobs for beneficiaries and provided skills training to over 7,000 young people.
- We counselled and cared for nearly 16,000 survivors of sexual violence and educated and mobilised over 590,000 men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities.
- 100,000 patients were treated for malnutrition and starvation at the IRC's Hagadera hospital in Dadaab, Kenya during the East Africa famine in 2011.
- In May 2012 ITV News won a prestigious One World Media Award for their news reports direct from the IRC's Hagadera hospital, showing our groundbreaking work saving lives during the East Africa famine.
Responding to emergencies
In addition to our longer-term programme work, the IRC has continued to respond to emergencies. In recent years this has included Cyclone Giri in Myanmar, civil unrest in Kyrgyzstan, Haiti's earthquake, the Pakistan floods, post-election violence in Ivory Coast, and the famine and drought in East Africa.
Advocating for change in Europe
However good our programmes are, in many cases they cannot address the underlying issues affecting the people we work with. To do this, advocacy work is essential to bring about changes in the policies and practices of local, national and international institutions. IRC-UK raises awareness and understanding of the countries in which we work. We bring our direct experience in the field to the attention of policymakers in order to influence the policies of UK and European institutions.
Read more about our advocacy work.
Of every £1 the IRC spends, more than 90p goes to programmes and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster. Find out more about how we spend our money.
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