IERH - Africa
Through the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) supported a national disability survey, which described the prevalence of disability resulting from the war and civil strife in Burundi.
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) staff provided technical assistance to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in 2002 to conduct a series of national emergency surveys. In coordination with IERHB's cooperative partner, the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN), the branch supports landmine survivor peer support activities.
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) has a long history of working in Ethiopia. IERHB provided technical support during the famine of the 1980s and continues to do so. Most recent examples include conducting assessment surveys for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), conducting national surveys for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, teaching landmine injury surveillance methods for the World Health Organization (WHO), and supporting landmine survivors via Landmine Survivors Network (LSN).
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB)’s two major activities in Mozambique are the support of the Landmine Survivors Network (LSN) peer support programs, and our work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to collect national data on landmine and other war related injuries.
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) conducted a series of HIV surveys in refugee populations. In previous years, branch staff provided technical assistance to organizations working in Sudan.
IERHB staff conducted an HIV/STI sero-prevalence and behavioral risk factor survey in Yei, South Sudan. Components included rapid HIV tests, RPR and Determine syphilis tests, Herpes simplex 2 tests for a sub-sample, and a behavioral risk factor questionnaire. The OFDA/USAID-funded South Sudan HIV/AIDS prevention pilot project was jointly implemented by American Refugee Committee (ARC) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) in two population centers in South Sudan: Yei and Rumbek.
Since the influx of refugees into Tanzania, the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) assisted in documenting the many health needs of this vulnerable population. IERHB worked with the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in collaboration with WFP and the Institute of Child Health evaluating on an UN Foundation funded study on the use of iron cooking pots as an iron supplementation strategy in refugee camps.
In 2000, USAID and CDC signed a three-year agreement called "Strengthening Emergency Medical Preparedness in Tanzania" which developed capacity for delivery of emergency medical care, blood transfusion services, and mental health services, as well as for planning for emergencies.