News stories from Africa

26 January 2015

Malawi: 2.6 M Swiss franc emergency appeal as flood-hit country fears long-term crisis

With more rain expected, the number of people affected by flooding in Malawi continues to grow.
Malawi: heavy rains and flooding leave thousands destitute
23 January 2015

Malawi: heavy rains and flooding leave thousands destitute

When 80-year-old Nellie Nkhoma went to sleep on the night of 6 January, she expected the following morning to just like any other with nothing more difficult than housework to do.
Meet Alfouseyni Dicko, a Red Cross volunteer who traced and identified an Ebola case in Mali
30 December 2014

Meet Alfouseyni Dicko, a Red Cross volunteer who traced and identified an Ebola case in Mali

Alfouseyni Dicko is married with four children and has been on the front lines of crises in Mali since 2009.
Kono District: Newest Ebola hotspot in Sierra Leone
29 December 2014

Kono District: Newest Ebola hotspot in Sierra Leone

Red Cross teams descend on Kono, in an attempt to halt the spike in cases.
Burying Ebola’s victims with dignity: If we don’t do it, who will?
23 December 2014

Burying Ebola’s victims with dignity: If we don’t do it, who will?

Mamadi Kourouma, a volunteer with the Red Cross Society of Guinea, is extremely busy this morning
Easing the distress of communities reeling from the Ebola outbreak
22 December 2014

Easing the distress of communities reeling from the Ebola outbreak

We were close. Since he died, I have not been myself. I can't sleep.
Sierra Leone:  Showing solidarity as Ebola hits new districts
19 December 2014

Sierra Leone: Showing solidarity as Ebola hits new districts

Kono district is the latest Ebola hotspot in Sierra Leone
Mali Red Cross: Containing the Ebola outbreak while preparing for the worst
19 December 2014

Mali Red Cross: Containing the Ebola outbreak while preparing for the worst

Doctor Alain Kapete usually wears a calm and quiet demeanour, but today, he moves about constantly.
Profile of vulnerable people - Felix
18 December 2014

Profile of vulnerable people - Felix

The first person we saw when we arrived into Saint Charles Lwanga camp was Felix and his large smile.
Profile of vulnerable people - Estella
18 December 2014

Profile of vulnerable people - Estella

She looks 15, but is in fact 20. Estella is breastfeeding her baby at the camp she and her family now call home.
Profile of vulnerable people - Albertine
18 December 2014

Profile of vulnerable people - Albertine

Albertine is 40. She has nine children. They all live together in Saint Charles Lwanga camp, a few kilometres outside Bangui. Albertine’s husband was killed in that same camp, almost a year ago, after their family fled violence in their community.
Volunteer - Jean-Moise
18 December 2014

Volunteer - Jean-Moise

I am Jean-Moise, head of the disaster management department and relief coordination of the Central African Red Cross Society. I have been working for the Red Cross since 2 July 1985, for almost 29 years now.
Volunteer - Danny
18 December 2014

Volunteer - Danny

My name is Danny, I am a volunteer with the Central African Red Cross Society. I am a nurse and a trainer. I am in charge of the vaccination programme for babies and pregnant women. When there are first aid courses, I am also helping.
Volunteer - Désiré
18 December 2014

Volunteer - Désiré

My name is Désiré, I am in charge of disaster management and coordination of the relief Red Cross committee of Beguma.
Showing solidarity as Ebola hits new districts in Sierra Leone
17 December 2014

Showing solidarity as Ebola hits new districts in Sierra Leone

Since Kono became the latest Ebola hotspot in Sierra Leone, the Red Cross has trained two new safe and dignified burial teams, and deployed an experienced team from neighbouring Kailahun district to bolster its response efforts
Training volunteers and supporting health systems improves access to healthcare for mothers and children
11 December 2014

Training volunteers and supporting health systems improves access to healthcare for mothers and children

According to Ethiopia’s 2011 Demographic and Health Survey, nearly half a million children under-five die every year. Neonatal mortality accounts for 30 per cent of under-five mortality.
Botswana: Standing in solidarity with West Africa in the fight against Ebola
10 December 2014

Botswana: Standing in solidarity with West Africa in the fight against Ebola

The Government of Botswana has donated 15 vehicles to support the Red Cross fight against Ebola
Children hardest hit by ongoing violence in Central African Republic
8 December 2014

Children hardest hit by ongoing violence in Central African Republic

Amid the ongoing conflict, children are dropping out of school and often take on the duties normally done by adults
5 December 2014

"Volunteering gave me confidence." The story of an Ebola responder in Sierra Leone

“If I don’t do it, who will?” asks Red Cross volunteer Mustafa Gamanga
Creating better lives for tomorrow in Lesotho
3 December 2014

Creating better lives for tomorrow in Lesotho

I had lost my father, who was the only breadwinner in the family in ...

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