RWANDA Carrying scars from the past into an uncertain future

Malawi: Coping with hunger while living with HIV

Malawi: Livestock distribution helps people living with HIV cope with drought

Kenya: The vital role of volunteers in combating communicable diseases

Kenya: Volunteers help combat disease at the community level

Somalia: Drought brings drop in some diseases, increase in others

Effects of Somali drought not just limited to hunger - but to increase in disease

Raising awareness on early marriage in a Malawi village

Malawi: a very visual message on the dangers of early marriage

Once upon a saga - Angola

Once upon a saga visits Angola during yellow fever outbreak

“This year’s hunger is a hunger I have never experienced.”

A single mother struggles to make ends meet during Malawi drought

HIV & hunger - no longer a deadly combo

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.

In Pictures

A look through the eyes of a camera at some of the Red Cross Red Crescent operations across sub-Saharan Africa.


Malawi - Raising awareness on early marriage

Tanzania - Behind every statistic, there is a story

Rwanda - Assisting Burundian refugees

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 Lorraine Mangwiro

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)

South Sudan - Dr Michael Charles

Sudan - Stefano Cordella

Media contacts

Africa region (Nairobi, Kenya)
Katherine Mueller

Sahel office (Dakar, Senegal)

Moustapha Diallo



Latest appeals

28 July 2016
Angola - Yellow Fever (MDRAO006)
Angola - Operation update no.1
26 July 2016
Mozambique - Food Insecurity (MDRMZ012)
Mozambique - Operations Update no. 3
25 July 2016
Guinea - Ebola Virus Disease (MDRGN007)
Guinea - Revised Emergency Appeal No. 5

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