News stories from Africa

18 May 2015

Somalia: Meeting maternal and child health needs in a complex operating environment

About two months ago a teenage girl committed suicide. She was pregnant. Pregnancy before marriage is not acceptable in this society.
Guinea: Enhanced community engagement to bring the Ebola outbreak to an end
14 May 2015

Guinea: Enhanced community engagement to bring the Ebola outbreak to an end

Strengthened beneficiary communications helps reduce community resistance to Red Cross responders
“I explain to these ghosts why I had to bury them this way.”
11 May 2015

“I explain to these ghosts why I had to bury them this way.”

Working through psychological trauma during the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
The boy with Ebola who called me mother
8 May 2015

The boy with Ebola who called me mother

"I arrived in Sierra Leone carrying three children in my heart. I left carrying four."
Guinea: Traditional healers support Ebola response at the risk of personal hardship
8 May 2015

Guinea: Traditional healers support Ebola response at the risk of personal hardship

Traditional healers play a key role in engaging communities to stop the Ebola outbreak
The turning point for a Red Cross volunteer in the Central African Republic
8 May 2015

The turning point for a Red Cross volunteer in the Central African Republic

"Volunteering is a calling. Once a volunteer, always a volunteer."
My word against Ebola: Empathy
29 April 2015

My word against Ebola: Empathy

Ebola survivors: "They are alive but not seen."
Working hard to keep disease at bay in Ethiopia’s refugee camps
27 April 2015

Working hard to keep disease at bay in Ethiopia’s refugee camps

South Sudanese refugees volunteer to clean their temporary settlement in Gambella
World Malaria Day: Red Cross and partners continue the battle against the number one killer in the Central African Republic
24 April 2015

World Malaria Day: Red Cross and partners continue the battle against the number one killer in the Central African Republic

A Global Fund grant means quicker access to malaria test results for anxious parents
24 April 2015

"All we are asking is for assured security so we can return home."

Hashita and her six children are still living in a camp, more than one year after violence forced them from their home in Central African Republic.
The personal dilemma of going home to northeast Nigeria
23 April 2015

The personal dilemma of going home to northeast Nigeria

Families displaced by violence hesitate to return home, afraid of what they will find.
I am an Ebola nurse. I am also an Ebola survivor. This is my story.
21 April 2015

I am an Ebola nurse. I am also an Ebola survivor. This is my story.

"12 of us contracted the sickness and only two of us survived. I am coping much better now."
Refugees become Red Cross volunteers in Ethiopia
20 April 2015

Refugees become Red Cross volunteers in Ethiopia

South Sudanese take a hand in improving their living conditions.
Despite risk of violence, Red Cross volunteers work to prevent spread of cholera
15 April 2015

Despite risk of violence, Red Cross volunteers work to prevent spread of cholera

Red Cross teams disseminate health information in an environment where misinformation can lead to violence
My daughter and I survived Ebola. This is our story.
14 April 2015

My daughter and I survived Ebola. This is our story.

"My own health is better now, but I still suffer from joint pain."
“Ebola has challenged and broken relationships. We have to help fix them.”
9 April 2015

“Ebola has challenged and broken relationships. We have to help fix them.”

Cherner B. Kamara provides psychosocial support to Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone
Teaching amid the gunshots in Central African Republic
9 April 2015

Teaching amid the gunshots in Central African Republic

Ongoing violence has interrupted the schooling of hundreds of thousands of children in Central African Republic
I am an Ebola nurse. This is my story.
7 April 2015

I am an Ebola nurse. This is my story.

"I joined the Red Cross because I want to help my people."
Staying vigilant against Ebola
6 April 2015

Staying vigilant against Ebola

Responders warn against complacency in midst of declining Ebola case.
Solidarity | #WordsAgainstEbola
31 March 2015

Solidarity | #WordsAgainstEbola

"I had no idea how much I would learn about solidarity from my Liberian colleagues in such a short time."

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