News stories from Americas

10 September 2014

Peruvian Red Cross helps create new smart phone app “Reporta Salud”

"Reporta Salud", a trendy new mobile application to report emergencies.
Caribbean Red Cross Societies Launch Free Life-Saving Multi-Hazard Mobile App
10 September 2014

Caribbean Red Cross Societies Launch Free Life-Saving Multi-Hazard Mobile App

As the Caribbean region braces itself for another hurricane season Red Cross National Societies in the Caribbean have created a Multi-Hazard Mobile App
Nicaraguan Red Cross unites in a fight against Chikungunya
8 August 2014

Nicaraguan Red Cross unites in a fight against Chikungunya

Nicaraguan Government decreed a Health Alert throughout the national territory as a preventive measure against possible outbreaks of the Chikungunya virus
Red Cross takes action in the fight against Dengue and Chikungunya amid alarming number of cases in El Salvador
4 August 2014

Red Cross takes action in the fight against Dengue and Chikungunya amid alarming number of cases in El Salvador

Since 18 of July, authorities in El Salvador declared a yellow alert due to the identification of suspected cases of Chikungunya.
Humanitarian support in Paraguay much more than an in kind donation
29 July 2014

Humanitarian support in Paraguay, much more than an in kind donation

When we want to support a community that has been affected by an emergency, a key part is to provide psychosocial support...
Paraguayan Red Cross and ‘Scissor hands’ volunteers work together to support those affected by floods
23 July 2014

Paraguayan Red Cross and ‘Scissor hands’ volunteers work together to support those affected by floods

Helping those affected by the floods is also about helping them look good and feel that they are cared for.
Panamanian Red Cross uses new technology to streamline distribution of humanitarian aid
18 July 2014

Panamanian Red Cross uses new technology to streamline distribution of humanitarian aid

Panamanian Red Cross continues providing support to local and national authorities using new tools in the field to facilitate beneficiary registration and aid distribution.
Guatemalan Red Cross continues providing assistance to those affected by the earthquake
14 July 2014

Guatemalan Red Cross continues providing assistance to those affected by the earthquake

Since the declaration of an institutional orange alert the Guatemalan Red Cross has continued carrying out damage evaluations and assisting those affected.
Shelter and human settlements specialist travels to Paraguay to support flood response operation
8 July 2014

Shelter and human settlements specialist travels to Paraguay to support flood response operation

Interview with Santiago Luengo disaster management delegate and specialist in housing and human settlements
Honduran Red Cross provides vital support during mine accident rescue and recovery operation
7 July 2014

Honduran Red Cross provides vital support during mine accident rescue and recovery operation

Volunteers and staff of the Honduran Red Cross have been providing vital first aid services to rescue workers and family members of trapped miners following a landslide that cut off access to 11 miners.
Heavy rainy season in Latin America and the Caribbean could cause significant outbreaks
4 July 2014

Heavy rainy season in Latin America and the Caribbean could cause significant outbreaks

n recent interventions in Honduras as Nicaragua, as well as the Caribbean in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Red Cross has been responding to dengue and chikungunya outbreaks.
Red Cross working with Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health to stop the spread of chikungunya virus
3 July 2014

Red Cross working with Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health to stop the spread of chikungunya virus

A new epidemic of the chikungunya virus has struck the small island country of Haiti.
Is Paraguay facing a new silent disaster
30 June 2014

Is Paraguay facing a new silent disaster?

While media attention focuses on the first response to the floods, Red Cross, begins to work on the recovery of affected families.
Regional Response Unit specialized in Water and Sanitation to travel to Paraguay
26 June 2014

Regional Response Unit specialized in Water and Sanitation to travel to Paraguay to support response to record flooding

The Pan-American Disaster Response Unit mobilized for the second time this year, a Regional Response Unit, in this case, in Water and ...
Floods in Paraguay
26 June 2014

Floods in Paraguay

When the waters recede, what is left for the lives of those affected?
Saving lives every day in Haiti through blood donation
24 June 2014

Saving lives every day in Haiti through blood donation

World Blood Donor Day highlights the importance of regular donations in Haiti.
Floods in Paraguay leave 200,000 people affected
23 June 2014

Floods in Paraguay leave 200,000 people affected

According to the National Emergency Service, 15,000 families are now living in shelters or with family members.
World Blood Donor Day: Working towards 100 per cent
11 June 2014

World Blood Donor Day: Working towards 100 per cent

What does it mean to give 100 per cent? Giving it your all, putting in everything you have, not leaving a drop to chance?
Humanitarians meet in the Caribbean to review and update contingency plans for Hurricane season
9 June 2014

Humanitarians meet in the Caribbean to review and update contingency plans for Hurricane season

Red Cross convened its annual preparedness meeting, hosted by Belize Red Cross.
Haiti Red Cross Society prepares for the hurricane season
4 June 2014

Haiti Red Cross Society prepares for the hurricane season

The beginning of June is the official beginning of Atlantic hurricane season. Haiti’s geographical location makes it extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and especially hurricanes.

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