News stories from Africa

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
The 10-year-old leading a family following the death of her parents
29 August 2014

The 10-year-old leading a family following the death of her parents

The Timangolo refugee host site is home to families and children affected by violence in Central African Republic.
Appeal increased to support more families displaced by violence in Central African Republic
22 August 2014

Appeal increased to support more families displaced by violence in Central African Republic

The impact of the violence that erupted in Central African Republic (CAR) in December continues to bite, seven months down the line.
South Africa Red Cross dispel sex workers myths in HIV education
18 August 2014

South Africa Red Cross dispel sex workers myths in HIV education

When MG first arrived in the dusty transit town of Musina, northern South Africa – fleeing from the fighting Zimbabwe in 2008 – as an undocumented worker, she started off doing odd jobs.
Red Cross ambulance service offers much needed assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
14 August 2014

Red Cross ambulance service offers much needed assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

Beyene Tafete, 27, a clinical nurse by profession, has just reported to his duty station at the Leitchour refugee camp, 900 kilometres west of Addis Ababa.
Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan
13 August 2014

Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan

Heavy rains and flash floods have affected nearly 170,000 people in Khartoum, Kassala, Gezira, Northern, Sennar, North Kordufan, South Kordofan, River Nile, West Darfur and White Nile states in Sudan.
Helping families build their resilience in the aftermath of a disaster
13 August 2014

Helping families build their resilience in the aftermath of a disaster

Families in Morogoro’s Dakawa and Kilosa area, 270 kilometres northwest of Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, are rebuilding their lives following flash floods that left a massive trail of destruction earlier in the year.
Easing the burden of life by providing firewood to refugee women in Ethiopia
7 August 2014

Easing the burden of life by providing firewood to refugee women in Ethiopia

A simple project to bring firewood to South Sudanese refugee in Ethiopia is having a major impact on family life.
Zambia Red Cross a ‘global champion’ in climate games
5 August 2014

Zambia Red Cross a ‘global champion’ in climate games

When the Zambia Red Cross Society invited its volunteers to take part in a game that would change the way communities learn about climate change and flooding, they eagerly signed up.
South Sudan: Red Cross implements measures to prevent the spread of cholera in Torit
31 July 2014

South Sudan: Red Cross implements measures to prevent the spread of cholera in Torit

The Government of South Sudan declared a cholera outbreak in Juba in mid-May 2014.
Turning to traditional healers to help stop the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
31 July 2014

Turning to traditional healers to help stop the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

In a land where voodoo, witchcraft and curses are the norm, Fallah James is a sought-after man.

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