About International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933, the IRC works in more than 40 countries and more than 20 US cities, helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities.


More on IRC on its website.

International Rescue Committee and ReBUILD for Resilience

As an Associate Partner of ReBUILD for Resilience, the IRC will participate in the Consortium Management Committee, helping to disseminate information across its networks and providing guidance based on decades of experience conducting research and supporting health systems strengthening in fragile and shock-prone settings.

ReBUILD for Resilience projects

Health system resilience amid outbreaks: understanding the politics of sexual and reproductive health service adaptation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Dr Lara Ho

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Health Unit

For more than two decades Lara has worked as a public health professional. She is experienced in social/behavioural community-based intervention research and health systems strengthening in refugee and post-conflict settings. She has lived and worked in Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Chad, Myanmar, Sierra Leone and Switzerland.


As the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Health Technical Unit at IRC, Lara oversees the research and innovation portfolio, leads priority initiatives, and manages strategic business development with public and private donors. She is also an Associate Faculty member in the Department of International Health at JHSPH and an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University Center for Humanitarian Health.


Contact Lara on Lara.Ho@rescue.org

Alicia Adler

Senior Research Uptake Advisor

Alicia is an advocacy and communications professional specialising in influencing health policy and practice across humanitarian and developing contexts. She is Health Policy and Communications Specialist at IRC where she works to promote policy change to increase access to acute malnutrition treatment and other life-saving services across crisis-affected communities. Before joining the IRC, Alicia worked for a range of NGOs in Malawi, Madagascar and USA – all focused on raising the profile of vulnerable populations among key decision makers. This included leading a national advocacy campaign on newborn health and managing a global coalition on women’s health and feminist action.


Alicia holds a master’s degree from New York University.


Contact Alicia on Alicia.Adler@rescue.org

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"COVID-19 has demonstrated that in some cases, health systems accustomed to repeated shocks may be more resilient or prepared for crises such as these despite limited resources. Health systems in high-income countries can learn from these examples."

Lara Shiu-yi Ho, International Rescue Committee