MALAWI Building resilience to drought at grassroots level

Mali: Rebuilding lives affected by years of insecurity

Mali: Using goats to strengthen resilience in conflict areas

Zimbabwe: Curbing hunger through mobile technology

"Being given cash, gives me a choice." Surviving drought with dignity in Zimbabwe

Can the sun cause malaria? Red Cross volunteers strive to dispel traditional beliefs in Côte d’Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire: Using the power of radio to dispel beliefs and misperceptions

Investing in prevention for better management and control of vector-borne disease outbreaks

Training front line responders following outbreaks of yellow fever

"When you are a refugee, you have no dignity. No one respects you."

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 - Building reslience to drought 

Somalia - Drought in Somalia

Angola - On the front lines of a yellow fever outbreak

Malawi - Raising awareness on early marriage

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

26 August 2016
Uganda - Population Movement (MDRUG038)
Uganda - Emergency Appeal
25 August 2016
Central African Rep - Cholera (MDRCF021)
Central African Republic - DREF Operation
19 August 2016
Ethiopia - Floods (MDRET017)
Ethiopia - DREF Operation Update

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