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The International Rescue Committee, health services for vulnerable populations

The International Rescue Committee, Worldwide

Improving the safe and effective delivery of health services for vulnerable populations

Improving the safe and effective delivery of health services for vulnerable populations

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an international organisation leader in providing relief in the world’s worst humanitarian crises and in delivering healthcare in post-conflict settings. Its health programmes reach over 30 million people in 31 countries, supporting almost 3,000 health facilities and 14,000 healthcare workers.

The IRC works in difficult contexts where the delivery of healthcare services can be challenged by poor road access, interrupted or limited power services, and disjointed freight mechanisms. These infrastructure gaps have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic that has put additional stress on the IRC’s operations and supply chains.

The Trafigura Foundation is supporting the IRC’s efforts to strengthen its global capacity-building and management strategy for the delivery of an effective health response to at-risk populations. Following a review of programmes’ infrastructure and staffing gaps, our two-year partnership will help the IRC implement infrastructure upgrades in several countries, as well as facilitate recruitment of key staff such as pharmacists.

The programme will also support the development of e-learning tools that will provide orientation on quantification and quality of pharmaceutical products and supplies for health staff working on the field. Finally, our support will allow the expansion of the IRC's technical assistance model (including training, global guidance, remote technical assistance and advice sessions) to in-country pharmacists.

We are proud to support the IRC’s frontline workers with the infrastructure upgrades and capacity strengthening they need to provide high quality, timely healthcare to vulnerable communities in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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