News stories from Americas

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
Once more, walls and fences are dividing the world
17 December 2015

Once more, walls and fences are dividing the world

Once more, walls and fences are dividing the world; many countries are erecting them again.
Protect Humanity
17 December 2015

Protect Humanity

On 15 November 2015, a group of approximately 1,300 Cuban migrants flew to Ecuador...
The Future of Disaster Management in the Caribbean
16 December 2015

The Future of Disaster Management in the Caribbean

“With resilience, our goal is for communities to no longer rely exclusively on organizations to help them.”
Volunteer profile - Honduras Red Cross
11 December 2015

Volunteer profile - Honduras Red Cross

For 43 years, Rosario Fernandez, a Honduras Red Cross volunteer with a warm smile.

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