News stories from Americas

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 shake.
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.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross hosts Strategic Workshop to Map Communities by Vulnerabilities
5 March 2016

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross hosts Strategic Workshop to Map Communities by Vulnerabilities

When it comes to building community resilience, different communities have different vulnerabilities...
Red Cross readies forecast-based action as heavy rains blamed on El Niño lash Peru
3 March 2016

Red Cross readies forecast-based action as heavy rains blamed on El Niño lash Peru

The Peruvian Red Cross is assisting 2,000 families as part of its German-supported ‘Forecast-based...
Zika virus: trapping the threat of disease
11 February 2016

Zika virus: trapping the threat of disease

In El Salvador, a gram of yeast, two glasses of hot water, 50 grams of brown sugar, adhesive tape, plastic or black paper and a 2-litre plastic bottle are helping communities to reduce their risks of catching Zika virus disease.
Haiti more resilient communities
12 January 2016

Haiti: more resilient communities

Supporting families to rebuild their lives in the communities to make them more resilient
Canadian Red Cross helps rebuild Health Care in Haiti
12 January 2016

Canadian Red Cross helps rebuild Health Care in Haiti

Like the rest of Haiti, the Jacmel community was left reeling after the January 12th 2010 Earthquake devastated the country.
Reconstruction of the Santa Rosa Lima school for girls
12 January 2016

Reconstruction of the Santa Rosa Lima school for girls

The town of Léogane is situated at 29 km of the capital of Port-au-Prince, it was at the epicenter of the 12 January 2010 earthquake.
Paraguayan Red Cross Responds to Massive Flooding
31 December 2015

Paraguayan Red Cross Responds to Massive Flooding

Paraguay has been in a state of emergency due to flooding caused by unusually heavy rainfall for the season.
Flooding on the river coasts and northern Argentina
30 December 2015

Flooding on the river coasts and northern Argentina

The situation worsens as the number of families impacted by the flooding in the north and central parts of the country grows
Red Cross Helps Across Multiple States After Deadly Storms
30 December 2015

Red Cross Helps Across Multiple States After Deadly Storms

American Red Cross is helping people in multiple states who are impacted by this severe weathe

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