News stories from Africa

1 September 2015

The path from beneficiary to Red Cross champion in Mozambique

Following deadly floods, Abel Augusto was spurred into action to help his community
Food insecurity in the Sahel region: a silent tragedy
31 August 2015

Food insecurity in the Sahel region: a silent tragedy

Failed rains mean an estimated 20 million people are facing hunger in the Sahel
I lost my son during the storms
31 August 2015

I lost my son during the storms

Rebuilding in Tanzania with the help of the Red Cross
Working to strengthen health care systems in Ebola-affected countries
20 August 2015

Working to strengthen health care systems in Ebola-affected countries

Using a drop in cases to teach health care workers how to treat infectious diseases of all sorts
Rain and more rain but not a drop of clean water for vulnerable populations
19 August 2015

Rain and more rain but not a drop of clean water for vulnerable populations

With water sources damaged, families resort to using raw water, putting themselves at risk of disease
Engaging communities on Ebola is about being able to re-mix the message
19 August 2015

Engaging communities on Ebola is about being able to re-mix the message

Keeping people vigilant about Ebola means repackaging life saving messages
Better than pen and paper: innovative software improves disaster response in Tanzania
17 August 2015

Better than pen and paper: innovative software improves disaster response in Tanzania

Using mobile phones to determine the effectiveness of aid relief
17 August 2015

"I thought I was going to die." A Red Cross Ebola volunteer talks about being attacked by an angry mob

More than one year following the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, some people still don't believe the disease is real
Using real-time data to improve emergency response
11 August 2015

Using real-time data to improve emergency response

Red Cross Ebola volunteers are trained on how to collect data using their phones
Starting again after the floods in Zimbabwe
10 August 2015

Starting again after the floods in Zimbabwe

Heavy seasonal rainfall across southern Africa resulted in widespread flooding in January 2015. Around 135,000 people were affected across Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.
On the move, again
5 August 2015

On the move, again

The Red Cross assists thousands of internally displaced as they move to a safer location in the Central African Republic
Red Cross radio helps communities in Guinea guard against Ebola
3 August 2015

Red Cross radio helps communities in Guinea guard against Ebola

Simple radios help keep both families and Red Cross volunteers safe.
Keeping Ebola at bay along West African borders
28 July 2015

Keeping Ebola at bay along West African borders

Red Cross steps up cross border surveillance and monitoring
27 July 2015

"Most parents would rather have their daughters become prostitutes than work in an Ebola burial team."

"I will do this work with caution to restore the pride of women and break the chain of transmission.”
“I am sick and lonely. I miss my children.”
22 July 2015

“I am sick and lonely. I miss my children.”

Ongoing conflict keeps families apart for close to two years
‘Do it safely or don’t do it at all.’
20 July 2015

‘Do it safely or don’t do it at all.’

"When I realized Ebola had affected more women and children than men, I became more motivated to serve."
Ebola orphans and survivors need ongoing help
14 July 2015

Ebola orphans and survivors need ongoing help

"No one wants to employ us because we had Ebola."
“If I don’t do it, who will?”
13 July 2015

“If I don’t do it, who will?”

"I believe Sierra Leoneans should be the ones assisting their fellow Sierra Leoneans to bury their dead loved ones."
South Sudan Red Cross mobilizes volunteers to combat cholera in Juba
10 July 2015

South Sudan Red Cross mobilizes volunteers to combat cholera in Juba

South Sudan is currently battling a cholera outbreak that has led to 34 deaths. South Sudan Red Cross volunteers are working hard to take cholera prevention messages house-to-house and refer patients suffering diarrhoea symptoms to treatment centres.
Conflict, lack of food, and homelessness: a potentially deadly concoction for the HIV-positive in Central African Republic
8 July 2015

Conflict, lack of food, and homelessness: a potentially deadly concoction for the HIV-positive in Central African Republic

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