News stories from Asia and Pacific

27 May 2015

Marginalized communities receiving vital Red Cross support following earthquakes

The Red Cross is supporting transgender communities - and many others - following the recent earthquakes.
Earthquake survivors face a desperate future if urgent funding is not found
23 May 2015

Earthquake survivors face a desperate future if urgent funding is not found

Four weeks after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is urging donors to step in with life-saving support.
Canadian Red Cross reaches out to Nepalese children who have suffered through two earthquakes
21 May 2015

Canadian Red Cross reaches out to Nepalese children who have suffered through two earthquakes

For the moment their dark, shiny eyes quietly scan cards they are holding in their hands. Each card bears a message of hope and friendship: Hope you are well.
Fusing tradition and technology to protect communities in Tuvalu
20 May 2015

Fusing tradition and technology to protect communities in Tuvalu

Project linking forecasting and traditional knowledge will deliver weather and climate information to strenghten community resilience
Manila Declaration highlights commitment to assist labour migrants
19 May 2015

Manila Declaration highlights commitment to assist labour migrants

There are an estimated 232 million migrants worldwide. Of that figure, 52 to 100 million are labour migrants, of which 83 per cent are female domestic workers.
Pakistan: Building capacity to ensure maternal and child health needs can be met in a sustainable way
18 May 2015

Pakistan: Building capacity to ensure maternal and child health needs can be met in a sustainable way

Since the 1990s, Pakistan has reduced its maternal mortality ratio by 50 per cent and infant mortality ratio by 30 per cent.
Red Cross expands emergency appeal to reach 700,000 survivors following recent earthquakes in Nepal
16 May 2015

Red Cross expands emergency appeal to reach 700,000 survivors following recent earthquakes in Nepal

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, has launched a renewed appeal to support the on-going emergency operation in Nepal in aftermath of the country’s two major earthquakes.
How the mountains hid the disaster – reaching the remote communities after the earthquake in Nepal
15 May 2015

How the mountains hid the disaster – reaching the remote communities after the earthquake in Nepal

In the early days there were already estimates that the rural areas were badly hit but the mountains hid the worst of the effects.
Nepal: New earthquake strikes double blow to communities struggling to recover
12 May 2015

Nepal: New earthquake strikes double blow to communities struggling to recover

Red Cross teams in Nepal are on high alert following today’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of Namche Bazaar, near the base of Mount Everest.
Shattered dreams and spiraling debt. Nepal’s earthquake survivors struggle to make ends meet
11 May 2015

Shattered dreams and spiraling debt. Nepal’s earthquake survivors struggle to make ends meet

Narayan Karki’s dream was to become an accountant and earn enough money to support his family in the district of Sindhuli.
Red Cross launches third phase of tuberculosis programme in Shanxi
11 May 2015

Red Cross launches third phase of tuberculosis programme in Shanxi

Programme helps to reduce tuberculosis infection rates in targeted prefectures.
Broken bones and chronic illness – Red Cross field hospital treats hundreds in Chautara
9 May 2015

Broken bones and chronic illness – Red Cross field hospital treats hundreds in Chautara

A young boy lies on a hospital bed. His mother is trying to keep him calm while the doctor casts his broken leg. It is nearly two weeks since the earthquake and many people still have untreated fractures.
Special Red Cross medical team provides services to affected communities in Nepal
9 May 2015

Special Red Cross medical team provides services to affected communities in Nepal

Medical team reaches communities in Sindhupalchowk
Quake hero’s tribute to school teacher who perished
7 May 2015

Quake hero’s tribute to school teacher who perished

A school boy fascinated by natural disasters and inspired by his geography teacher to learn earthquake survival skills has spoken of how he used his knowledge to save his family.
Red Cross workers killed in Nepal earthquake honoured by colleagues
7 May 2015

Red Cross workers killed in Nepal earthquake honoured by colleagues

A memorial ceremony for three Nepal Red Cross Society members who died while on duty on 25 April has been held at the society’s blood bank in Kathmandu.
Tents, tarpaulins and tigers: mountain communities in Nepal struggle to cope after the earthquake
6 May 2015

Tents, tarpaulins and tigers: mountain communities in Nepal struggle to cope after the earthquake

To the casual observer, the busy highway between Kathmandu and the town of Kavere, gives a misleading impression of the extent of the destruction caused by the 25 April earthquake.
For Mangal Kalasula, 25 April brought back distant memories
6 May 2015

For Mangal Kalasula, 25 April brought back distant memories

As buildings began to crumble around him and the ground started to open beneath him, Mangal Kalasula ran.
Medical aid is reaching more remote areas, and so are the patients
5 May 2015

Medical aid is reaching more remote areas, and so are the patients

The Canadian Red Cross is sending out a field hospital to Dhunche in corporation with the Philippine Red Cross and the Hong Kong Red Cross.
Earthquake wounded face gruelling journeys on foot to find treatment
2 May 2015

Earthquake wounded face gruelling journeys on foot to find treatment

A young man stands beside a collapsed house and watches as three men are digging in the ruins.
Defiant survivors step in to support earthquake wounded in Nepal
1 May 2015

Defiant survivors step in to support earthquake wounded in Nepal

On 25 April, Nishal Restha was watching television at home in Kathmandu when the earthquake shook his house so violently that the entire two storey structure collapsed on top of him and his family.

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