News stories from Africa

28 March 2015

Nigeria Red Cross prepares for country's general election

Thousands of volunteers receive refresher first-aid training
Standing up to stigma by supporting others with multi drug-resistant tuberculosis
24 March 2015

Standing up to stigma by supporting others with multi drug-resistant tuberculosis

Siphokazi Kosopi suffered intense discrimination after she was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
South Sudan: Safe water, the number one medicine
23 March 2015

South Sudan: Safe water, the number one medicine

Combining access to safe water with improved hygiene practices
An Ebola widow struggles to cope with her loss
23 March 2015

An Ebola widow struggles to cope with her loss

A mother of five suffers stigma and depression after losing her husband to Ebola
23 March 2015

"When I fell ill, I knew it was different from previous colds I have had in the past."

Ebola survivor Mustapha Mambu says the future looks grim in Sierra Leone
Using dialogue to help stem the stigma that haunts Ebola survivors
23 March 2015

Using dialogue to help stem the stigma that haunts Ebola survivors

Tenneh Kamara survived Ebola only to be ostracized by her community upon returning home.
Helping Ebola survivors survive in Sierra Leone
23 March 2015

Helping Ebola survivors survive in Sierra Leone

The Red Cross is distributing 2,000 kits to help Ebola survivors restart their lives.
23 March 2015

"I cannot abandon my work now." The determination of a Red Cross volunteer to rid Guinea of Ebola, despite being stigmatized

Siaka Tounkara has been kicked out of his house for being part of the Red Cross Ebola response team
One year on: Using words to end Ebola
23 March 2015

One year on: Using words to end Ebola

Red Cross volunteers break down barriers through continuous dialogue with resistant communities
Central African Republic: Using technology to deliver immediate health care during conflict
19 March 2015

Central African Republic: Using technology to deliver immediate health care during conflict

Red Cross volunteers use mobile phones to collect malaria data quickly
Sierra Leone: Caring for Ebola’s youngest victims
18 March 2015

Sierra Leone: Caring for Ebola’s youngest victims

Tied to a fence, balloons bob in the breeze, a burst of colour at a Red Cross Ebola treatment centre.
Trained community members act quickly to protect water sources following severe floods in Malawi
18 March 2015

Trained community members act quickly to protect water sources following severe floods in Malawi

With water sources and latrines destroyed by flooding, Red Cross volunteers know the value of proper water and sanitation thanks to training and experience.
Staying vigilant against Ebola in Liberia
16 March 2015

Staying vigilant against Ebola in Liberia

Red Cross teams continue providing safe and dignified burials, even as Ebola cases drop.
Ebola robs families of a place to grieve on Liberia’s Decoration Day
13 March 2015

Ebola robs families of a place to grieve on Liberia’s Decoration Day

Decoration Day is a unique tradition in Liberia to remember and celebrate loved ones who have died.
Prioritizing education for children, orphaned by conflict in Central African Republic
12 March 2015

Prioritizing education for children, orphaned by conflict in Central African Republic

Caregivers dig deep to ensure schooling continues amid ongoing violence.
Red Cross mobilizes teams as flooding inundates Madagascar
10 March 2015

Red Cross mobilizes teams as flooding inundates Madagascar

With more heavy rains expected, the Malagasy Red Cross has teams and materials positioned to respond.
She lost everything except the spirit of volunteerism in Malawi’s floods
10 March 2015

She lost everything except the spirit of volunteerism in Malawi’s floods

Red Cross volunteer continues to help others left homeless by flooding, even as she and her 7 children are also displaced.
Strong minds saves lives: Providing psychosocial support in Sierra Leone
9 March 2015

Strong minds saves lives: Providing psychosocial support in Sierra Leone

“My nickname is Happy Shower,” smiles Jestina Boyle, Red Cross psychosocial support volunteer at the Kenema Ebola treatment centre in eastern Sierra Leone.
Liberian women lead Red Cross Ebola response
8 March 2015

Liberian women lead Red Cross Ebola response

"I felt I could have a real impact," says Neima Candy, national Red Cross Ebola coordinator in Liberia.
Distributing mosquito nets to help save lives in conflict-torn Central African Republic
7 March 2015

Distributing mosquito nets to help save lives in conflict-torn Central African Republic

Ongoing conflict has damaged the country’s health system, making it harder to combat malaria, a very preventable and treatable disease.

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