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1 December 2016

Senegal: Red Cross and ECHO bring a smile back to thousands of families affected by food insecurity

It’s a bright and sunny morning in Soutouta, a remote village located in Goudiry, in Eastern Senegal. Usually calm at that time of the day, the public square of the village is now bustling and full of people, all waiting patiently in line for their food v
 “I would have never managed to overcome the difficult situation if I did not have the support from Red Cross.” – Story of Sis D
30 November 2016

“I would have never managed to overcome the difficult situation if I did not have the support from Red Cross.” – Story of Sis D

In 2012, I was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. I was in denial. Although I had previously heard about, I never thought I would get infected with it. I blamed my husband because he was on TB medication at the time, but was not taking his treatment seriously.
Kenya Red Cross Society and Partners Grow Trees for the Future
17 November 2016

Kenya Red Cross Society and Partners Grow Trees for the Future

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), through the Sustainable Environment Restoration Programme (SERP), mobilised community members and humanitarian agencies -- including the UNHCR, to plant a total of 12,500 indigenous tree seedlings, on a refugee camp ‘IF
Kenya Red Cross Society named second biggest brand in East Africa
17 November 2016

Kenya Red Cross Society named second biggest brand in East Africa

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was awarded the second position in the 2015/2016 Super Brand East Africa tribute event held at the Villa Rosa Kempinski, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Emergency simulation exercise prepares Zambia Red Cross and its partners in emergency response
28 October 2016

Emergency simulation exercise prepares Zambia Red Cross and its partners in emergency response

Lwindi is one of more than 60 traditional ceremonies in Zambia, in which the Tonga people from the south of the country celebrate the arrival of the rainy season. Beer is brewed and animals are slaughtered for the people, and their ancestral spirits, to c
Cameroon Red Cross response team provides emergency support following train accident
23 October 2016

Cameroon Red Cross response team provides emergency support following train accident

At least 70 people were killed on Friday when a packed passenger train derailed in central Cameroon. The Cameroon Red Cross was on the scene within hours providing first aid and psycho-social support to victims of the crash.
Launch of the 2016 World Disasters report in Senegal: A strengthened partnership to produce future resilience
18 October 2016

Launch of the 2016 World Disasters report in Senegal: A strengthened partnership to produce future resilience

“Never the world has known so much suffering since the Second World War. The number of people forced to leave or flee their homes due to insecurity, lack of sources of income, difficulties in accessing housing, to feed or take care of their families. No o
"The teenagers do not know how serious a cyclone can be,” Story from one man’s journey to Mauritius as part of his quest to visit 190 countries Torbjørn C. Pedersen, a goodwill ambassador with the Danish Red Cross, is currently travelling the world, aiming to visit all 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Travelling on a budget of just $20 USD per day, Thor is undertaking his journe
“In the Seychelles, the Red Cross is always present.” One man’s journey to Seychelles as part of his quest to visit 190 countries
18 October 2016

“In the Seychelles, the Red Cross is always present.” One man’s journey to Seychelles as part of his quest to visit 190 countries

Torbjørn C. Pedersen, a goodwill ambassador with the Danish Red Cross, is currently travelling the world, aiming to visit all 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Travelling on a budget of just $20 USD per day, Thor is undertaking his journe
Mozambique: Red Cross equipping villagers for planting season following prolonged drought
4 October 2016

Mozambique: Red Cross equipping villagers for planting season following prolonged drought

In the dappled shade of a broad limbed tree in the village of Changanine in the Chibote district of southern Mozambique, several dozen villagers wait patiently through the midday heat.
Mozambique: Surviving on indigestible roots
4 October 2016

Mozambique: Surviving on indigestible roots

In her crumbling mud-built home in the village of Chichongole, Mozambique, Maria Mabunda slowly stirs a meagre red paste at the bottom of her smoke-blackened cooking pot. It’s not much for a family of seven, but after two years of failed rains, ...
Maintaining zero Ebola infections through communication with affected communities
30 September 2016

Maintaining zero Ebola infections through communication with affected communities

When the Ebola virus disease erupted in Guinea in December 2013 and quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, Gambians considered the outbreak as a distant cry until six months later when it struck neighbouring Senegal and Mali.
Zambia: Red Cross volunteers play a key role to meeting vaccination target of over 6M children
28 September 2016

Zambia: Red Cross volunteers play a key role to meeting vaccination target of over 6M children

More than 1,300 volunteers of Zambia Red Cross Society are going door-to-door, visiting homes and making community announcements, to encourage parents and guardians to get their children, between the ages of 9 months and 15 years, vaccinated against measl
Gabon: Red Cross volunteers maintain vigilance as country remain divided ahead of president’s inauguration
27 September 2016

Gabon: Red Cross volunteers maintain vigilance as country remain divided ahead of president’s inauguration

As Gabon swears in its incumbent president for a second term, staff and volunteers of Gabonese Red Cross Society are on high-alert, ready to provide emergency first-aid and relief should tensions break out into violence.
She never knew about yellow fever until she had to experience it herself
21 September 2016

She never knew about yellow fever until she had to experience it herself

Yellow fever outbreak was declared in DRC in March, affecting people in six of the country's provinces, including the capital city Kinshasa. 3600 Red Cross volunteers were mobilized to increase awareness on yellow fever among vulnerable communities.
First use of a drone by Red Cross in Africa highlights scale of humanitarian situation at Uganda's border with South Sudan
16 September 2016

First use of a drone by Red Cross in Africa highlights scale of humanitarian situation at Uganda's border with South Sudan

Uganda Red Cross Society deployed the first Red Cross unmanned aerial vehicle – a drone – in Africa to monitor the situation at a vast refugee camp on the border with South Sudan.
Senegal: Red Cross saving lives through the airwaves
15 September 2016

Senegal: Red Cross saving lives through the airwaves

In Senegal, radio is the most accessible means of information for the majority of population, especially in the remote and rural areas.
When true action is guided the love for humanitarian service
6 September 2016

When true action is guided the love for humanitarian service

Nkie Tresor is 31 and has already counts 12 years of volunteer service with the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of the Congo under his belt.
Red Cross supports drought-affected families to prepare for the coming cropping season
6 September 2016

Red Cross supports drought-affected families to prepare for the coming cropping season

September marks the start of the cropping season in Lesotho, bringing with it the hope of a new harvest that could ease the food shortage in the country caused by worst drought in over four ...
Preparedness training helps Red Cross provide life-saving assistance following Gabon elections
5 September 2016

Preparedness training helps Red Cross provide life-saving assistance following Gabon elections

Gabon: Contingency planning aids Red Cross response to election violence
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