MALAWI Climate change hits poorest the hardest

Zambia: How small animal rearing is giving hope to hungry families

Zambia: Using goats and chickens to strengthen families' resilience to changing weather patterns

The connection between drought and a deadly cholera outbreak in Malawi

Malawi: the connection between drought and a deadly cholera outbreak

Using technology to engage with communities affected by El Niño

Kenya: How text messages can help form humanitarian response

Are global crises diverting donor support away from drought-stricken southern Africa?

The impact of global crises on the southern Africa drought

Improving mother and child health in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: improving health through small-scale interventions

Once upon a saga - Zambia, day two

One man's quest to visit every Red Cross and Red Crescent on a slim budget

Using music and dance to improve health in a Tanzania refugee camp

One Billion Coalition


The One Billion Coalition is a transformative initiative to scale-up community and civic action to strengthen individual and community capacity to thrive in the face of adversity. The goal is that by 2025, at least one billion people around the world will have taken active steps to become safer, healthier, and more prosperous.

Disaster Response in sub-Saharan Africa

Colour Box 2 photo

Red Cross Red Crescent teams in Africa responded to 63 emergencies in 2015, some of them large scale, others away from the public eye. 

In many cases, peer-to-peer support is provided between African National Societies, through response tools such as Regional Disaster Response Teams.

Life Beyond Ebola

LBE Sierra Leone

It has been two years since the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in West Africa. Despite quarantines, loss of livelihoods, and decimated health care systems, life is continuing beyond Ebola. Meet and support those who are living Life Beyond Ebola

The Africa region

The IFRC's Africa regional office works in support of 49 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in sub-Saharan Africa. Through its country cluster support teams and country offices, it provides coordination, financial, and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

Regional contacts


Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré


Central Africa - Cameroon Papemoussa Tall  (acting)

Eastern Africa - Kenya Getachew Ta’a

Southern Africa Dr Michael Charles (acting)

The Sahel - Senegal Anne LeClerc 

West Africa - Nigeria Momodou Lamin Fye 


Central African Republic - Richard Hunlede

Guinea - Daniel Sayi

Liberia - Younos Abdul Karim 

Sierra Leone - Paul Jenkins

Somalia - William Babumba  (acting)

Sudan - Stefano Cordella

Media contacts

Africa region (Nairobi, Kenya)
Katherine Mueller

Sahel office (Dakar, Senegal)

Moustapha Diallo



Latest appeals

24 June 2016
Angola - Yellow Fever (MDRAO006)
Angola - DREF Operation Update no.2
18 June 2016
Sudan - Population Movement (MDRSD022)
Sudan - Operation update no.4
9 June 2016
Seychelles - Dengue Outbreak (MDRSC004)
Seychelles - DREF Operation

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright