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.


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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

Dr Mamothena Mothupi

MNH researcher

Mamothena has been health systems and public health researcher for more than 10 years working with health institutes, a regional governmental body, non-governmental organisations and universities in Eastern and Southern Africa. She specialises in maternal and child health (MNH), health system performance measurement, gender and health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She is a mixed methods researcher with a background in Anthropology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Health Policy and Systems Research.
As a Health Researcher at IRC, Mamothena leads and supports research projects in the SMNRH priority area, working with partners in Nigeria, DRC, Somalia and South Sudan. These include contraceptive self-injection at the community level, health systems strengthening, and the EQUAL consortium which enhances learning and evidence to save maternal and newborn lives in conflict-affected areas.
Mamothena holds a PhD (Public Health) from the University of the Western Cape, in South Africa.


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