News stories from Europe and Central Asia

23 April 2014

Bulgaria: The Red Cross helps Syrian family reunite

Berivan and her cousins were separated from their family during the dangerous crossing from Turkey into Bulgaria. A month and a half later the Bulgarian Red Cross helped the Syrian family reunite.
Denmark: War is recent history yet long forgotten
18 April 2014

Denmark: War is recent history yet long forgotten

A number of European National Societies are commemorating 150 years of foundation or humanitarian action in 2014, amongst them Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain. The Danish Red Cross is creating a number of events that brings war closer to the pop
Italian Red Cross assisting thousands of migrants arriving by boat
11 April 2014

Italian Red Cross assisting thousands of migrants arriving by boat

More than 4000 migrants and asylum seekers have arrived in Italy during the past few days. The Italian Red Cross provides psychosocial and humanitarian support across the country.
Kazakh Red Crescent takes anti-TB message into communities
10 April 2014

Kazakh Red Crescent takes anti-TB message into communities

We can stop TB! That is the ambitious message from Red Crescent Society of Kazakhstan which has intensified its effort to prevent the disease with a new campaign.
Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteer injured during clashes in Kiev
20 February 2014

Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteer injured during clashes in Kiev

One Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteer was wounded today (Thursday) while attempting to provide medical assistance during the unrest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
Volunteers and staff respond to unprecedented storms
14 February 2014

Volunteers and staff respond to unprecedented storms

As storms and widespread flooding continue to spell misery for thousands across the UK, the British Red Cross is on the front-line helping people in the worst affected areas.
Photography contest captures the spirit of active ageing
10 February 2014

Photography contest captures the spirit of active ageing

How can you combine the beauty of active ageing with modern social media? The Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina did just that, when they launched a photo competition on their Facebook site.
Red Cross Samaritans providing rescue and relief following earthquakes in Greece
4 February 2014

Red Cross Samaritans providing rescue and relief following earthquakes in Greece

Two strong earthquakes have hit the Greek island of Kefalonia in eight days. The first – magnitude 5.9 – occurred last Sunday afternoon and the second early this Monday morning – slightly less powerful at magnitude 5.7 – sending the already worried popula
Serbia shivers under snow while volunteers take to the air for a dramatic rescue
3 February 2014

Serbia shivers under snow while volunteers take to the air for a dramatic rescue

Evacuations by helicopter, nights in schools halls, digging out cars and providing bread and food by snowmobile: winter paid a violent visit to Vojvodina and other areas of Serbia.
State-of-the-art disaster preparedness centre opens its doors to public
19 December 2013

State-of-the-art disaster preparedness centre opens its doors to public

The Kazakh Red Crescent, last week unveiled a new, state-of-the-art emergency response training centre in Almaty.
Families find refuge and reconnection after a dangerous trip from Syria
18 December 2013

Families find refuge and reconnection after a dangerous trip from Syria

The Bulgarian Red Cross is providing vital support for families fleeing violence in Syria.
Belarus Red Cross launches second annual integration camp
3 December 2013

Belarus Red Cross launches second annual integration camp

Recently the families of 26 children with disabilities from Grodno, Belarus spent a memorable nine days at the Kupalinka recreation camp on a break funded with support of the Empress Shoken Fund.
A journey of change behind bars: promoting health and empowerment in Irish prisons
2 December 2013

A journey of change behind bars: promoting health and empowerment in Irish prisons

In ten of 14 prisons in Ireland, a small group of special-status Irish Red Cross volunteers combines an innovative community-based health approach with the Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles to change the lives of troubled men, transform prison
Belarus Red Cross opens its first centre for people with mental disorders
22 November 2013

Belarus Red Cross opens its first centre for people with mental disorders

The Belarus Red Cross has open a new mental health centre with support from the Icelandic Red Cross and the IFRC.
Red Cross responds as Cyclone Cleopatra death toll rises in Sardinia
19 November 2013

Red Cross responds as Cyclone Cleopatra death toll rises in Sardinia

Italian Red Cross staff and volunteers have been called to respond after torrential rains and a cyclone caused rivers to burst their banks killing at least 18 people on the island of Sardinia.
Investing in development: the Norwegian Red Cross signs a multi-year strategic agreement with the IFRC
18 November 2013

Investing in development: the Norwegian Red Cross signs a multi-year strategic agreement with the IFRC

By Linda Low, IFRC Known the world-over as a disaster relief organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is also a leader in community development through the grassroots work of its 189 National Societies and 15 million volunteers. Today, the signing of a four-year Memorandum of Understanding between the IFRC and Norwegian Red Cross represents their...
Ringing the bell of freedom against human trafficking
30 October 2013

Ringing the bell of freedom against human trafficking

The Red Bell Campaign against human trafficking brings together four countries: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina. The campaign is taking a multi-pronged approach, targeting specific groups, as well as the wider population.
Belarus: Emergency preparedness saves lives
25 October 2013

Belarus: Emergency preparedness saves lives

In June 2013, the Belarus Red Cross held a four-day disaster management course where 80 volunteers were trained in search-and-rescue techniques in a range of conditions to improve disaster preparedness.
Putting first aid skills into the  hands of thousands
17 October 2013

Putting first aid skills into the hands of thousands

The British Red Cross is using smartphone technology to put first aid skills into the hands of thousands of people.
Italian Red Cross provides psychosocial support after boat tragedy in Lampedusa
4 October 2013

Italian Red Cross provides psychosocial support after boat tragedy in Lampedusa

On Wednesday, a boat carrying 500 migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. More than 110 are confirmed dead, but hundreds more people are missing from the boat. The Italian Red Cross has been providing assistance and psychosocial support.

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