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IERH - Africa

Burundi
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.

Congo, DRC
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) provided ongoing technical assistance to the international community in Congo, DRC since the early 1990s.

Eritrea
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.

Ethiopia
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).

Guinea
International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) staff acted as the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) health coordinators in several refugee camps during 2001.

Kenya
International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) staffed field missions in Kenya in refugee camps for multiple international partners.

Mozambique
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.

Rwanda
International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) staff played a major role in CDC's response to the Rwandan complex emergency of the 1990s.

Somalia
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) worked in Somalia providing support to the international community during Somalia's extended complex emergency.

Sudan
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.

Swaziland
As part of a regional nutritional survey, the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) provided technical assistance to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2002.

Tanzania
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.

Uganda
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) worked closely with other CDC staff in Uganda to support HIV related surveys and research in surrounding countries.

Zambia
As part of a regional nutritional survey, the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) provided technical assistance to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2002.

Zimbabwe
As part of a regional nutritional survey, the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) provided technical assistance to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2002.

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