News stories from Americas

18 June 2016

Life Story: Carlos Julio, Ecuadorian Red Cross volunteer

After the earthquake, the Red Cross filled a void in my life...
Red Cross supports the Haitian media in the fight against climate change
10 June 2016

Red Cross supports the Haitian media in the fight against climate change

Training for journalists on the impact of the climate changes and the community resilience
A little box that brings joy
1 June 2016

A little box that brings joy

The Ecuadorian Red Cross has being bringing hope to children who live in areas affected by the earthquake through “Little Boxes of Hope”
President Konoé’s visit to Ecuador: The strength of the Red Cross is its volunteers
1 June 2016

President Konoé’s visit to Ecuador: The strength of the Red Cross is its volunteers

Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has visited Manta, one of the cities most affected by the recent earthquake.
Proof of resilience
1 June 2016

Proof of resilience

Most would predict that this day would be a quiet one in this town, still in recovery after being devastated by the earthquake
Zika Training of Trainers Workshop
31 May 2016

Zika Training of Trainers Workshop

The first sub regional training of trainers workshop in the areas of psychosocial support...
Eat well, recover well – Ecuadorian Cuisine helping families recover
31 May 2016

Eat well, recover well – Ecuadorian Cuisine helping families recover

María Cruz lives with 14 other families on a piece of land in the Los Cactus Park area of Manta, given to them by a relative. They have all relocated there since the day after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16th, ...
Taking care of Ecuador’s elderly after earthquake
30 May 2016

Taking care of Ecuador’s elderly after earthquake

At the hospice care home for the elderly run by the Cottolengo Foundation in Manta, Ecuador, April 16th was a day like any ...
First Lady of Panama expresses interest in establishing a Red Cross Humanitarian logistics hub in Panama
27 May 2016

First Lady of Panama expresses interest in establishing a Red Cross Humanitarian logistics hub in Panama

Lorena Castillo de Varela, First Lady of Panama and Honorary President of the Panamanian Red Cross, recently visited the offices of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she expressed Pan
Heroes don’t save lives, everyday people do
25 May 2016

Heroes don’t save lives, everyday people do

Jhon Efraín Bailón has been a volunteer firefighter in Manta for several years. Helping others is his life’s calling. On April 16th, while on his regular work shift, the ground beneath him began to ...
To have nothing and still have much to give
20 May 2016

To have nothing and still have much to give

When Ecuadorian Red Cross vehicles arrive at distribution centres, emotions run high among those who are awaiting help
Boxes of Hope for Ecuador
20 May 2016

Boxes of Hope for Ecuador

With thousands in western Ecuador reeling from the April 16th earthquake, help has arrived from both near and far.
The desire to help others cannot be stopped by an earthquake
9 May 2016

The desire to help others cannot be stopped by an earthquake

Ana Rocío Sendeño is a 28-year-old mother of two from the small village of Mantal on the Pacific coast of Ecuador.
Ecuadorian Red Cross Blood Bank Holding Steady In Aftermath of Earthquake
27 April 2016

Ecuadorian Red Cross Blood Bank Holding Steady In Aftermath of Earthquake

In the wake of the April 16th earthquake that hit Ecuador’s central coast, leaving thousands in need of medical attention, the Ecuadorian Red Cross mobilized all manner of humanitarian aid out to the coast.
Ecuador: “The most important thing is health”
27 April 2016

Ecuador: “The most important thing is health”

When Colombian Red Cross Public Health Coordinator Dr José Leber Imbachi arrived in the earthquake-affected canton of Pedernales, he found out that 80 per cent of the houses had collapsed.
First aid flight arrives in Ecuador carrying 60 tons of aid
20 April 2016

First aid flight arrives in Ecuador carrying 60 tons of aid

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has sent a major aid delivery into Ecuador following the 16 April earthquake which has killed hundreds of people and left thousands more in need of emergency shelter.
Ecuador: Red Cross responds to deadly earthquake
17 April 2016

Ecuador: Red Cross responds to deadly earthquake

At least 230 people have been killed and around 1,500 have been injured in a strong earthquake on Ecuador’s Pacific coast.
At the Water’s Edge: The Nature Conservancy works with the Grenada Red Cross Society on environmental resilience
9 April 2016

At the Water’s Edge: The Nature Conservancy works with the Grenada Red Cross Society on environmental resilience

Many communities found in the Eastern Caribbean are prone to hazards such as storms...
Technology in the hand and in the sky helps prevent the spread of Zika
1 April 2016

Technology in the hand and in the sky helps prevent the spread of Zika

People are tiny on the screen of a smartphone. At first sight, the image is just a van with the logo of the Brazilian Red Cross on the roof, a rescue vehicle and a tent with a red cross.
The trials of being pregnant during a Zika outbreak
16 March 2016

The trials of being pregnant during a Zika outbreak

Tackling Zika becomes a priority when there is an pregnant woman in the family.

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