News stories from Africa

24 November 2014

Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone speak of their hopes and fears

In its first two months of operation, the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone has discharged 118 Ebola patients.
Consulting communities through two-way dialogue in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit
24 November 2014

Consulting communities through two-way dialogue in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit

Ensuring the voices of urban and rural dwellers are heard.
South Sudan: Learning how to communicate and manage complaints during an ongoing conflict
17 November 2014

South Sudan: Learning how to communicate and manage complaints during an ongoing conflict

Frontline volunteers are the first to come into direct contact with communities during emergencies. It is vital they have the tools needed to interact with them.
Interview with Fayiah Tamba  Secretary General, Liberia National Red Cross Society
14 November 2014

Interview with Fayiah Tamba Secretary General, Liberia National Red Cross Society

Ebola came to Liberia in late March when the first case was reported in Lofa county. By April, the Liberia National Red Cross Society, together with other partners, had sent a team from Monrovia to start the process of raising awareness of Ebola in commun
Sylla’s boys: ensuring safe and dignified burials in Guinea
10 November 2014

Sylla’s boys: ensuring safe and dignified burials in Guinea

Sylla Fatoumata’s mobile phone vibrates every few minutes, making the table between us wobble.
Mali: Red Cross scales up response efforts following confirmed Ebola case
4 November 2014

Mali: Red Cross scales up response efforts following confirmed Ebola case

In late October, Mali became the fifth country in West Africa to confirm a case of the Ebola virus disease.
South Sudan: Sanitation awareness, behaviour change crucial in the fight against cholera
28 October 2014

South Sudan: Sanitation awareness, behaviour change crucial in the fight against cholera

Six months since the outset of a cholera outbreak, the Red Cross continues efforts to curb the disease.
Ebola response through a logistician’s lens in Sierra Leone
28 October 2014

Ebola response through a logistician’s lens in Sierra Leone

While volunteers on the the frontlines of the Ebola response, it is logisticians who procure the glue that holds it together.
“They accused me of selling my son.” The father of an Ebola victim speaks out
24 October 2014

“They accused me of selling my son.” The father of an Ebola victim speaks out

Saa Mamadi Ceno is president of the Red Cross branch in Gueckedou, in southern Guinea, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.
Embracing new technology for data collection in Zambia
24 October 2014

Embracing new technology for data collection in Zambia

Survey data is invaluable to the work of the Red Cross. It can be used to plan, monitor and revamp programming.
Grappling with a cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon
20 October 2014

Grappling with a cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon

For many years, cholera has been a common occurrence in northern Cameroon.
Ebola dampens Tabaski spirit in Guinea as cultural practices are put on hold
15 October 2014

Ebola dampens Tabaski spirit in Guinea as cultural practices are put on hold

The Ebola crisis in Guinea is changing long-held cultural practices.
With the support of donors, Red Cross scales up Ebola response in Sierra Leone
5 October 2014

With the support of donors, Red Cross scales up Ebola response in Sierra Leone

New Red Cross volunteers trained as operations expand to six districts
Counting the days following an Ebola mission to Sierra Leone
2 October 2014

Counting the days following an Ebola mission to Sierra Leone

It is the size of two football pitches, composed of four thousand wooden sticks, and took three weeks for a team of dedicated locals and Spanish Red Cross delegates to build from the amber-coloured earth up.
First two Ebola survivors discharged from IFRC treatment centre in Sierra Leone
1 October 2014

First two Ebola survivors discharged from IFRC treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Three patients have so far been given the all-clear after treatment at the Kenema centre in Sierra Leone.
New Ebola treatment centre opens in Sierra Leone
23 September 2014

New Ebola treatment centre opens in Sierra Leone

When it comes to being on the front lines of fighting Ebola, no one can come closer than those manning the treatment centres in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
A passion for humanity trumps fear or worry for many volunteers
15 September 2014

A passion for humanity trumps fear or worry for many volunteers

Daniel James, 35, is a volunteer working with the Sierra Leone Red Cross.
Tackling cholera outbreaks in South Sudan
5 September 2014

Tackling cholera outbreaks in South Sudan

South Sudan is currently battling a cholera outbreak. Since mid-May cholera outbreaks or alerts have been reported in seven of South Sudan's ten states with, as of mad-August, 5,859 reported cases and 127 deaths.
Volunteers on the frontline with South African Red Cross
5 September 2014

Volunteers on the frontline with South African Red Cross

Sivuyile Kati is one of 43 Red Cross caregivers in the South Africa’s Eastern Cape volunteering his time to support people living with Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
Secretary General Elhadj As Sy visits Dabaab refugee camp in Kenya to see the work of the National Society
4 September 2014

Secretary General Elhadj As Sy visits Dabaab refugee camp in Kenya to see the work of the National Society

After witnessing the extends of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Guinea, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy, visited the Kenya Red Cross Society, one of the leading National Red Cros

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