News stories from Africa

4 February 2016

Health worker steps up to the challenge of disaster response

Training National Disaster Response Teams to leap into action when crises hit close to home
Building a network of African humanitarians
28 January 2016

Building a network of African humanitarians

African National Societies come to the aid of eachother in times of crisis.
With food hard to come by, drought stricken families turn to Red Cross soup kitchen for nourishment
27 January 2016

With food hard to come by, drought stricken families turn to Red Cross soup kitchen for nourishment

Namibia experiences its worst drought in 80 years, due to El Nino
Rural families bear the brunt of devastating drought in Namibia
21 January 2016

Rural families bear the brunt of devastating drought in Namibia

Families struggle as the worst drought in 80 years hits Namibia
Central African Republic: the struggle to find missing family amid increased insecurity
19 January 2016

Central African Republic: the struggle to find missing family amid increased insecurity

The challenges of accessing inaccessible villages amid insecurity
“I lost my son, my house, my job.” A mother's struggle to rebuild following devastating floods
14 January 2016

“I lost my son, my house, my job.” A mother's struggle to rebuild following devastating floods

Red Cross assists flood victims in Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone
A new roof and hope for an Ebola-ravaged family
15 December 2015

A new roof and hope for an Ebola-ravaged family

Red Cross provides emotional support to traumatized families
Hungry and living with HIV/AIDS
1 December 2015

Hungry and living with HIV/AIDS

Amid food insecurity, those living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe suffer greatly
Changing behaviours to curb cholera in Nigeria
1 December 2015

Changing behaviours to curb cholera in Nigeria

The benefits of using community-based volunteers in Nigeria to stop disease outbreaks
“I am still young but all the sorrow made my soul grow too old.”
27 November 2015

“I am still young but all the sorrow made my soul grow too old.”

A young Liberian abandons her future after Ebola decimates her family
An orphan’s struggles to put food on the table in Zimbabwe
26 November 2015

An orphan’s struggles to put food on the table in Zimbabwe

Floods and drought cause hardships for families trying to feed themselves in Zimbabwe
Nigeria: Creating demand for uptake of HIV counselling and testing
12 November 2015

Nigeria: Creating demand for uptake of HIV counselling and testing

According to UNAIDS, Nigeria has the second highest number of new infections reported each year.
Hunger stalks Zimbabwean families
2 November 2015

Hunger stalks Zimbabwean families

1.5 million Zimbabweans cannot meet their food needs due, in part, to heavy flooding.
Staying safe in Liberia with water and soap
19 October 2015

Staying safe in Liberia with water and soap

Promoting healthy living through proper handwashing
Renewed violence in Central African Republic halts life-saving humanitarian work
4 October 2015

Renewed violence in Central African Republic halts life-saving humanitarian work

Red Cross calls for access to barricaded neighbourhoods
Rwanda: using mobile cinema to help ward off cholera outbreak among refugee population
2 October 2015

Rwanda: using mobile cinema to help ward off cholera outbreak among refugee population

Promoting proper hygiene pays off in crowded refugee camp
We have nowhere and nothing to go back to
30 September 2015

We have nowhere and nothing to go back to

They have lost everything and are now being asked to leave the camp which has become their home.
Large gaps remain in meeting needs of Burundi refugees in Rwanda
29 September 2015

Large gaps remain in meeting needs of Burundi refugees in Rwanda

Funds are needed to ensure traumatized refugees receive the urgent care they deserve
21 September 2015

"We cannot do our work if our own lives are at risk"

A South Sudan Red Cross volunteer's call for guaranteed safety of those trying to help families in need
Heavy flooding does not hamper Ebola response efforts in Sierra Leone
19 September 2015

Heavy flooding does not hamper Ebola response efforts in Sierra Leone

Red Cross continues to provide Ebola messaging while assisting flood survivors

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