News stories from Asia and Pacific

24 April 2014

A year after Rana Plaza: a first aid volunteer story

The 24th April 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse near Dhaka, Bangladesh – one of the deadliest man-made disasters encountered in the history of the country.
Thousands will need long-term support following catastrophic flooding in the Solomon Islands
22 April 2014

Thousands will need long-term support following catastrophic flooding in the Solomon Islands

Three weeks after the worst flooding in Solomon Islands’ history, the lives of more than 50,000 people – 10 percent of the country – are still dealing with its effects.
Families in agonizing wait following ferry disaster in South Korea
17 April 2014

Families in agonizing wait following ferry disaster in South Korea

Dozens of Korean Red Cross volunteers provided hot meals, blankets and whatever comfort they could to families desperately waiting for news of their loved ones – most of them school students – aboard a sunken ferry in one of South Korea’s worst shipping d
The struggle to recover six months on from the Bohol earthquake
14 April 2014

The struggle to recover six months on from the Bohol earthquake

Exposed to the scorching heat of the sun, Leoncia Ensendencia feeds her children.
Racing to combat the spread of disease in flood-ravaged Solomon Islands
10 April 2014

Racing to combat the spread of disease in flood-ravaged Solomon Islands

When a wall of water came roaring down Honiara’s Mataniko River towards her riverside home, Anna Maena only had enough time to grab her two children and run. She watched from a nearby hill as her home was destroyed and carried away, leaving the family wit
Thousands remain homeless following Solomon Islands Flash Floods
7 April 2014

Thousands remain homeless following Solomon Islands Flash Floods

On the 3 April, flash flooding triggered by prolonged heavy rainfall swept through the Solomon Islands, killing at least 17 people and leaving more than 20 missing.
Everyone has to pitch in to control dengue
3 April 2014

Everyone has to pitch in to control dengue

Following the 2012 dengue epidemic across the country, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society started a dengue response and prevention project in the 12 most-affected districts.
Myanmar: Community health workers receive training about dengue fever, malaria and diarrhoea
1 April 2014

Myanmar: Community health workers receive training about dengue fever, malaria and diarrhoea

Kyaw Swe (41) has lived in De Lone Bo village his whole life. This small farming community of 97 families face a number of serious health threats like dengue, malaria, diarrhoea etc.
The 2013 Laos Floods: Responding to a disaster through a unique peer-to-peer cooperation between National Societies
26 March 2014

The 2013 Laos Floods: Responding to a disaster through a unique peer-to-peer cooperation between National Societies

In September 2013, seasonal flooding in two southern provinces of Laos were the worst experienced in 30 years
Secretary General praises pioneering work of the Viet Nam Red Cross Society
24 March 2014

Secretary General praises pioneering work of the Viet Nam Red Cross Society

On 21 March, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Bekele Geleta, accompanied by the Head of IFRC’s Regional Office, Anne Leclerc, paid a working visit to Viet Nam.
Red Cross TB Project relieves the suffering of “Consumption Disease”
21 March 2014

Red Cross TB Project relieves the suffering of “Consumption Disease”

The old Chinese-language term for tuberculosis, ‘lao bing’ – like its English equivalent, consumption – carries with it overtones of a disease which eats up the sufferer’s strength, resources and finances, before often claiming his or her life.
Community volunteers help to ensure the effectiveness of TB treatment in India
21 March 2014

Community volunteers help to ensure the effectiveness of TB treatment in India

The stairs leading up to the apartment of the Singh family in the center of Jalandhar are steep and worn.
Philippine Red Cross trains water and sanitation volunteers for the next disaster
20 March 2014

Philippine Red Cross trains water and sanitation volunteers for the next disaster

Partnership in water and sanitation is helping the Philippine Red Cross to prepare for any eventuality.
Red Cross psychosocial support helps lift shadow of China knife attack
13 March 2014

Red Cross psychosocial support helps lift shadow of China knife attack

I was seeing off friends at the railway station when suddenly I saw a group carrying long knives starting to slash nearby people indiscriminately
Hardworking Haiyan volunteers get a lesson in how to unwind
12 March 2014

Hardworking Haiyan volunteers get a lesson in how to unwind

A psychosocial support programme developed by mental health experts from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been adapted to support hundreds of hardworking volunteers.
Sri Lanka: Rebuilding lives and homes after years of conflict
10 March 2014

Sri Lanka: Rebuilding lives and homes after years of conflict

Waking up early everyday morning, preparing food and making sure her kids are ready to go to school is something she has been doing as long as she can remember.
China Red Cross helps to comfort survivors of brutal knife killings
3 March 2014

China Red Cross helps to comfort survivors of brutal knife killings

The Red Cross Society of China provided help and emotional support for survivors after a knife attack that left at least 29 people dead and more than 140 wounded at a busy railway station in Kunming, capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan.
Sri Lanka: Empowering the next generation of climate champions
27 February 2014

Sri Lanka: Empowering the next generation of climate champions

Ravindu, a 14-year-old boy from Hambantota, woke up early in the morning with much enthusiasm. He’s going on a trip to Colombo. Coming from a rural village, this trip to the city is important to him. Today he’s taking part in programme about safeguarding
Red Cross volunteers play a key role in dengue prevention in Timor Leste
19 February 2014

Red Cross volunteers play a key role in dengue prevention in Timor Leste

Ana Bonifacio was 16-years old when she decided to join the Red Cross of Timor-Leste, also know as Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL).
Typhoon Haiyan – 100 days on: hopes and fears for the future
17 February 2014

Typhoon Haiyan – 100 days on: hopes and fears for the future

100 days after Haiyan made landfall, the Philippine Red Cross is helping to reestablish livelihoods to create a more resilient future.

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