News stories from Europe and Central Asia

3 May 2016

Playtime in Idomeni provides respite for families

Tania Karagianni, 53, makes the men around her laugh. “No drawings, no shade,” she says under a marquee near the Red Cross medical clinic and a couple sit down at the table and obediently pick up pencils.
Dozens missing and hundreds rescued in tragic weekend of boat disasters
2 May 2016

Dozens missing and hundreds rescued in tragic weekend of boat disasters

More than 700 people attempting the lethal sea crossing from North Africa to Italy were rescued and taken to Sicily this weekend.
Hellenic Red Cross increases support for thousands of families trapped in camps
26 April 2016

Hellenic Red Cross increases support for thousands of families trapped in camps

Medical care and vital food, water and emergency supplies are being prioritized by Red Cross teams at one of the Greek capital’s main camps for migrants.
Learning the local language during agonizing wait for information
21 April 2016

Learning the local language during agonizing wait for information

Find out how a young Iraqi man stuck in Greece copes with life in a limbo.
In a dying village, hope in Ludmila’s home
20 April 2016

In a dying village, hope in Ludmila’s home

Belarus Red Cross maintains a glimmer of hope to a region closest to Chernobyl thirty years after the nuclear disaster.
Shopping and a life-saving screening at Central Department Store
20 April 2016

Shopping and a life-saving screening at Central Department Store

Svetlana in Belarus`s Mogilev recalls how the Red Cross thyroid screening saved her life in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
600,000 kilometres for Chernobyl
20 April 2016

600,000 kilometres for Chernobyl

The mobile medical team of the Belarus Red Cross tackles the effects of the Chernobyl disasters 30 years on.
Croatia’s main transit camp closes as Balkan route remains shut
20 April 2016

Croatia’s main transit camp closes as Balkan route remains shut

The Croatian Red Cross had been the lead humanitarian agency inside the Slavonski Brod centre before it closed down on 15 April 2016.
Families fleeing fighting in Ukraine plunged into poverty in Belarus
13 April 2016

Families fleeing fighting in Ukraine plunged into poverty in Belarus

The Ukrainian people who took refuge in Belarus face the tough economic reality of the country.
Humanitarian response across borders
13 April 2016

Humanitarian response across borders

Emergency responders from Turkish Red Crescent Society and Magen David Adom work together to provide humanitarian relief to affected people following a blast in Istanbul.
Red Cross activities continue after Idomeni protests
11 April 2016

Red Cross activities continue after Idomeni protests

Red Cross teams are still supporting migrants stranded in Idomeni.
Syrian medic in search of safety on the frontline of Red Cross response in Greece
5 April 2016

Syrian medic in search of safety on the frontline of Red Cross response in Greece

Former Syrian Red Cross volunteer doing his best to help other while stranded in Idomeni.
Radio show challenges HIV stigma and stereotypes
5 April 2016

Radio show challenges HIV stigma and stereotypes

The real-life experiences of women living with HIV in Tajikistan are hitting the airwaves in a bid to tackle prejudice and provide vital information on the disease
Volunteers provide a vital lifeline to vulnerable groups in Belarus
5 April 2016

Volunteers provide a vital lifeline to vulnerable groups in Belarus

Belarus Red Cross uses gender-based approach to tackles HIV transmission among women drug users.
Mother forced to flee fighting faces cancer battle
1 April 2016

Mother forced to flee fighting faces cancer battle

Almost two years ago, 41-year-old Tatyana Perevozhchikova, was on a summer holiday with her husband Alexandr and her 17-year-old son Mikhail in Russia, when fighting flared in their home town of Donetsk, Ukraine.
Extra medics drafted in as risk of epidemics rises in Greece
30 March 2016

Extra medics drafted in as risk of epidemics rises in Greece

The Red Cross is drafting in extra medics to Greece as hepatitis, chicken pox and lice infestations are reported on the country’s northern border.
Calls for better access to testing and treatment at HIV/AIDS conference
29 March 2016

Calls for better access to testing and treatment at HIV/AIDS conference

As the HIV epidemic continues to grow in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has called for better access to diagnosis and treatment for people at high-risk of contracting the illnes
Red Cross raises TB awareness among women held in Russia
24 March 2016

Red Cross raises TB awareness among women held in Russia

The 5th EECA AIDS Conference is underway in Moscow, IFRC takes a look at the Red Cross work on the ground.
Students take teachers’ place as Red Cross tackles HIV taboo
24 March 2016

Students take teachers’ place as Red Cross tackles HIV taboo

The 5th EECA AIDS Conference is underway in Moscow, IFRC takes a look at the Red Cross work on the ground.
Red Cross home visits make a difference to people living with HIV
24 March 2016

Red Cross home visits make a difference to people living with HIV

The 5th EECA AIDS Conference is underway in Moscow, IFRC takes a look at the Red Cross work on the ground.

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