Established in: 1980
Themes & Interventions: Education, Disaster, Health, Economic Empowerment
What We Do: Awareness Rising, Service Delivery
Head Office at Islamabad
The International Rescue Committee’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.
We first began working in Pakistan in 1980, providing emergency relief, health care, education, job training and other essential services in affected communities. Since then, the IRC has expanded to support communities in all eight provinces and territories of Pakistan.
Today, the IRC is confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan, in close collaboration with the government, with emergency health services, economic well-being activities, and engagement with the community on prevention measures. Our response includes establishing the state of the art isolation centres and intensive care units (ICUs), providing handwashing facilities for communities, and support for home-based learning for children, including Afghan refugees.
As part of our awareness-raising efforts around the virus, we have worked with government agencies such as the National Disaster Management Authority to support their mass media awareness campaigns. We have also engaged gender minorities in education efforts, as one of the few leading organizations in the country to serve the transgender community as well as hire them as staff members.
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