News stories from Africa

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
Gabon: On the front lines of the Red Cross response to post-election violence
4 September 2016

Gabon: On the front lines of the Red Cross response to post-election violence

Gabon: Preparedness training helps Red Cross respond in post-election violence
Red Cross volunteers in action following election violence
1 September 2016

Red Cross volunteers in action following election violence

Advance training prepares Red Cross teams for response to election violence
“We don’t need to wait for men to help anymore.”
1 September 2016

“We don’t need to wait for men to help anymore.”

A community-based project in Malawi helps women survive ongoing drought
Angola: Volunteers make sure vaccination message is understood
29 August 2016

Angola: Volunteers make sure vaccination message is understood

Angola Red Cross volunteers responding to their country’s yellow fever outbreak are using a number of skills in their life-saving disease prevention work – medical knowledge, patience, kindness… and languages.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Families rush to get yellow fever vaccinations
29 August 2016

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Families rush to get yellow fever vaccinations

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Yellow fever vaccination campaign a success
Trying to survive Lesotho drought while young, pregnant, and jobless
29 August 2016

Trying to survive Lesotho drought while young, pregnant, and jobless

Lesotho: Red Cross helps single mothers survive drought with cash transfers
The fragile balance between life and death during Somali drought
29 August 2016

The fragile balance between life and death during Somali drought

Somalia: The value of mobile healthcare during extensive drought
Simply indispensable: Angola Red Cross responds to yellow fever outbreak
19 August 2016

Simply indispensable: Angola Red Cross responds to yellow fever outbreak

With one of the largest mass yellow fever vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa underway in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this week, Red Cross volunteers are donning the familiar red vests and fanning out across both countries
Mali: Rebuilding lives affected by years of insecurity
15 August 2016

Mali: Rebuilding lives affected by years of insecurity

Mali: Using goats to strengthen resilience in conflict areas
Malawi: Promoting self-reliance to ongoing drought through grassroots lending scheme
15 August 2016

Malawi: Promoting self-reliance to ongoing drought through grassroots lending scheme

Malawi: Long term investment pays dividends during drought
Can the sun cause malaria? Red Cross volunteers strive to dispel traditional beliefs in Côte d’Ivoire
11 August 2016

Can the sun cause malaria? Red Cross volunteers strive to dispel traditional beliefs in Côte d’Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire: Using the power of radio to dispel beliefs and misperceptions
Investing in prevention for better management and control of vector-borne disease outbreaks
9 August 2016

Investing in prevention for better management and control of vector-borne disease outbreaks

Training front line responders following outbreaks of yellow fever
Fighting chikungunya disease in northeastern Kenya
8 August 2016

Fighting chikungunya disease in northeastern Kenya

Kenya: Combating a lesser known mosquito-borne disease through community awareness

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