LESOTHO Mobile cash helps keep families fed during drought

She never knew about yellow fever until she had to experience it herself

Yellow fever outbreak was declared in DRC in March, affecting people in six of the country's ...

First use of a drone by Red Cross in Africa highlights scale of humanitarian situation at Uganda's border with South Sudan

Uganda Red Cross Society deployed the first Red Cross unmanned aerial vehicle – a drone – in ...

Senegal: Red Cross saving lives through the airwaves

In Senegal, radio is the most accessible means of information for the majority of population, ...

When true action is guided the love for humanitarian service

Nkie Tresor is 31 and has already counts 12 years of volunteer service with the Red Cross of ...

Red Cross supports drought-affected families to prepare for the coming cropping season

September marks the start of the cropping season in Lesotho, bringing with it the hope of a new ...

Preparedness training helps Red Cross provide life-saving assistance following Gabon elections

Gabon: Contingency planning aids Red Cross response to election violence

First use of a drone by Red Cross in Africa highlights scale of humanitarian situation at Uganda's border with South Sudan

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.



Zimbabwe - Drought lingers on

Malawi - Building reslience to drought 

Somalia - Drought in Somalia

Angola - On the front lines of a yellow fever outbreak


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 Andrei Engstrand-Neacsu 

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  

South Sudan - Dr Michael Charles

Sudan - Stefano Cordella

Media contacts

Africa region (Nairobi, Kenya)
Katherine Mueller

Sahel office (Dakar, Senegal)

Moustapha Diallo



Latest appeals

23 September 2016
Malawi - Floods (MDRMW011)
Malawi - Final Report
22 September 2016
Senegal - Floods (MDRSN012)
Senegal - DREF Operation
22 September 2016
Dem Rep Congo - Epidemics: Yellow Fever, Cholera, (MDRCD018)
Democratic Republic of Congo - Operations Update No. 2

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