News stories from Africa

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 ...
People living with HIV fighting stigma and discrimination
1 December 2014

People living with HIV fighting stigma and discrimination

While Malawi remains among the top ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa for people living with HIV, the country has seen a significant decrease in both new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths since 2005.
Women step up to join the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone
1 December 2014

Women step up to join the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone

Women have a special role to play as Red Cross teams bury suspected Ebola victims.
Red Cross team brings clean water and helps reduce cholera cases in South Sudan
1 December 2014

Red Cross team brings clean water and helps reduce cholera cases in South Sudan

Providing clean water is essential during a cholera outbreak
Mamadou’s return: Red Cross volunteer beats Ebola
26 November 2014

Mamadou’s return: Red Cross volunteer beats Ebola

In a remote Guinean village, a mother and her children are reunited with the husband and father they once feared they had lost to Ebola.
Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone speak of their hopes and fears
24 November 2014

Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone speak of their hopes and fears

In its first two months of operation, the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone has discharged 118 Ebola patients.

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