News stories from Americas

15 April 2014

Driving the agenda for urban planning and development

Over the past several years, it has been recognized that urban areas are not just places where economic opportunity is growing and thriving, but vulnerability and risk as well.
Devastating fire in Valparaiso Chile to spur major humanitarian needs
14 April 2014

Devastating fire in Valparaiso, Chile to spur major humanitarian needs

A massive fire broke out in La Polvora a community close to Valparaiso, Chile, this past 12, April, 2014.
Preparedness saved lives Chile but needs are still significant after major earthquake
10 April 2014

Preparedness saved lives but needs are still significant after major earthquake

The preparedness measures taken helped avoid further injuries and deaths from the following tremors.
Colombian Red Cross: Building capacity in hard to reach communities
3 April 2014

Colombian Red Cross: Building capacity in hard to reach communities

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Pan-American Health Organization adopted a public health strategy to fight dengue, which successfully reduced, and in certain cases eliminated, the disease in the Americas.
Salvadorian Red Cross: Awareness and knowledge is key in curbing dengue
3 April 2014

Salvadorian Red Cross: Awareness and knowledge is key in curbing dengue

The seriousness of dengue is often underestimated, but each year thousands of people are killed, and millions affected by the disease. Following a dengue outbreak in 2012, the Salvadorean Red Cross carried out a range of dengue-prevention activities, incl
Red Cross activates alert after 8.2 Earthquake in Chile
2 April 2014

Red Cross activates alert after 8.2 Earthquake in Chile

On the night of Tuesday, April 1 a strong earthquake of magnitude 8.2 occurred 79 kilometers from the city of Iquique, Chile
Leading by example to bring comfort to those in distress
31 March 2014

Leading by example to bring comfort to those in distress

Jessie was recently on duty travel, flying from El Salvador to Panama on a TACA Airlines flight when she noticed a fellow passenger in discomfort wriggling in his seat and in pain.
Volunteers and staff providing relief and support following mudslide
27 March 2014

Volunteers and staff providing relief and support following mudslide

The American Red Cross is helping people in the state of Washington impacted by the tragic weekend mudslide, providing support and comfort as they deal with this tragedy and wait for information about their loved ones.
 Red Cross Telefon Kwa Wouj reaches 2 million callers in two years
26 March 2014

Red Cross Telefon Kwa Wouj reaches 2 million callers in two years

The Red Cross interactive information line in Haiti has registered its 2 millionth call, less than two years after its was introduced to the Haitian ...
Volunteers help kick-off U17 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica
21 March 2014

Volunteers help kick-off U17 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica

Last weekend saw the kick off of the first Under 17 women’s football World Cup in Costa Rica. The tournament saw teams from 16 countries come together to compete for the FIFA trophy for the first time.
Fighting diseases with clean water and sanitation
19 March 2014

Fighting diseases with clean water and sanitation

“We used to have to go to this empty field far from the house. At night it was scary but my father always went with me. But now we have a latrine and I feel happy for that,” says 11-year-old Kervens Monazè.
Partnership to facilitate response to increased cases of dengue in Honduras
18 March 2014

Partnership to facilitate response to increased cases of dengue in Honduras

Partnership between health authorities and Red Cross facilitate response to increased cases of dengue in Honduras
Haiti offers a lesson of solidarity with Syria
26 February 2014

Haiti offers a lesson of solidarity with Syria

  Gennike Mayers, IFRC, Port-au-Prince- Haiti “We simply wanted to help. And I think it’s just extraordinary that we were able to do so with the assistance of the Haitian Red Cross which will be able to channel these funds to the Red Crescent in Syria.” These were the words of the Honorary Consul of the Syrian Arab Republic in Haiti, Hatem Farah, while handing over a cheque for the sum of 15,000 US...
While hoping for rain, communities receive support the Red Cross
20 February 2014

While hoping for rain, communities receive support the Red Cross

  By Gennike Mayers, IFRC  and Mirta Martínez, Paraguayan Red Cross- Boquerón branch     On 10 September, 2013, the Chamber of Senators of Paraguay declared a state of emergency for 90 days for three departments – President Hayes, Boquerón and Alto Paraguay – severely affected by drought. Ruben Cuevas, Coordinator of the Emergency Secretariat for the department of Boquerón, says: “It’s been nine months since we ha...
A wet Christmas to end the year in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean
4 February 2014

A wet Christmas to end the year in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean

By: Rendal Allen St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society Communications Officer. On 24 December, 2013, Christmas eve, some of the islands of the Lesser Antilles; Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were hit by torrential rains spurred by a low level system passing over the region.   Heavy rainfall caused several landslides, collapse of bridges and roads, as well as...
Looking beyond the tragedy: Information sharing for a better future
14 January 2014

Looking beyond the tragedy: Information sharing for a better future

Rose Marie Dorvilus, 29, lives in Petion Ville which is considered the uptown of Port-au-Prince and has been living there with family members ever since the earthquake on 12 January, 2010 destroyed her home in Delmas 19.
Looking beyond the tragedy: building healthier communities
13 January 2014

Looking beyond the tragedy: building healthier communities

In October 2010, ten months after the huge earthquake struck Haiti, the country was once again hit with another catastrophe: cholera.
Looking beyond the tragedy: Planning for a future of work
12 January 2014

Looking beyond the tragedy: Planning for a future of work

The area of Carrefour Feuilles, with 40,000 inhabitants, is characterized has seen a vast influx of people from rural areas and neighbouring villages. It has all the hallmarks of a nascent slum. The area is facing many problems.
Looking beyond the tragedy: Moving back home after four years
10 January 2014

Looking beyond the tragedy: Moving back home after four years

Sibrien Gaston’s home was badly damaged during the January 2010 earthquake.
Dynamic children’s games promote dengue prevention in Guatemala
8 January 2014

Dynamic children’s games promote dengue prevention in Guatemala

After some hours of driving, we walked almost half an hour to carry out household visits in La Soledad community located in Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango. Joined by a representative from the Health Ministry of Guatemala and a community guard, we visit famili

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