News stories from Europe and Central Asia

24 April 2015

Red Cross staff and volunteers assist migrants on their arrival in Europe

The figures keep rising until eventually they become impossible to ignore. Thousands of people are making the perilous crossing from the southern shores of the Mediterranean to Europe.
Eye-witnesses of conflict in Ukraine receive psychosocial support from Russian Red Cross volunteers
20 April 2015

Eye-witnesses of conflict in Ukraine receive psychosocial support from `Angels of Charity`

`Angels of Charity´ in Russia`s Rostov-on-Don is a special group of Red Cross volunteers always ready to provide emotional support to the people from Ukraine who show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Russian Red Cross branch responds in coordination with partners to the needs of people from Ukraine
17 April 2015

Russian Red Cross branch responds in coordination with partners to the needs of people from Ukraine

Red Cross branch in Rostov-on-Don coordinates efforts with local authorities and private donors to relieve the plight of people seeking safety and shelter in Russia.
Ukrainian women become volunteers in support of fellow Ukrainians seeking safety in Russia
16 April 2015

Ukrainian women become volunteers in support of fellow Ukrainians seeking safety in Russia

There is a steady whirring of a half a dozen of sewing machines. Women, some of them belonging to those who flew the conflict zone in Ukraine, are sewing bed sheets for people who hare similar stories of flight from the dangers ...
French, Spanish and German Red Cross societies support relatives after plane crash
26 March 2015

French, Spanish and German Red Cross societies support relatives after plane crash

Cross-national Red Cross psychosocial teams leave for France to help comfort relatives of the plane crash victims.
Italian Red Cross volunteers provide support for increasing numbers of migrants fleeing violence
16 February 2015

Italian Red Cross volunteers provide support for increasing numbers of migrants fleeing violence

Italian Red Cross offers comfort and relief items as migrants pour in in cities along the Sicilian coast.
Lampedusa honoured for its role in maintaining the dignity of migrants fleeing violence
10 February 2015

Lampedusa honoured for its role in maintaining the dignity of migrants fleeing violence

On 6 February 2015, the Italian Red Cross awarded the people of Lampedusa its Gold Medal of Merit in honour of their generosity, humanity and respect for those fleeing violence and despair across the Mediterranean sea.
IFRC receives an award for its dedication and support to the Alliance for Malaria Prevention
28 January 2015

IFRC receives an award for its dedication and support to the Alliance for Malaria Prevention

Malaria prevention is a global public health success story.
French Red Cross response to violent attacks
15 January 2015

French Red Cross provides comfort and first aid in the aftermath of Paris attacks

French Red Cross goes into action to provide advanced medical support in latest crisis.
ECHO donation
6 January 2015

ECHO donation helps flood-affected families return to normal life

An ECHO donation of Euro 500,000 to Serbia reached more flood-affected families than planned with the help of the Red Cross of Serbia (RCS).
Model Disaster Law
19 December 2014

IFRC SG Elhadj As Sy endorses the Model Disaster Law in Russia

IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy visits Russia and praises the adoption of Model Law for emergency and assistance in Parliament.
Belarus: Icelandic celebrity visits Open Home in Belarus
19 November 2014

Icelandic celebrity tells his story at Open Home of the Belarus Red Cross

The lead singer of the Icelandic band Gus Gus spent several hours at the Open Home in Minsk prior to the band`s concert in the Belarusian capital in November 2014.
Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine face their first winter
4 November 2014

Displaced people in Ukraine count on Red Cross support as they face their first winter away from home

The staff and volunteers of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) are fully engaged in assisting the displaced population in preparing for their first winter away from home.
A day with Turkish Red  Crescent in camps for Syrian people
30 October 2014

A day with Turkish Red Crescent in camps for Syrian people

“Be a doctor”, “Help people in need”, “Live in a safe place without bombs”, “Return home”, “Become a Red Crescent member as the people that is supporting us”.
Massive increase in people seeking refuge at Syrian border put pressure on relief supplies in Turkey
2 October 2014

Massive increase in people seeking refuge at Syrian border put pressure on relief supplies in Turkey

Food support is the most pressing need for the Turkish Red Crescent Society as it responds to the tens of thousands of people entering Turkey from Syria. In cooperation with the Turkish authorities, the society has provided bottles of water, energy biscui
Latest natural disaster in Serbia draws more support
27 September 2014

Latest natural disaster in Serbia draws more support

A new wave of floods that hit isolated villages in the eastern parts of Serbia last week prompted the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to release emergency funds yesterday, 25 September in support of the Red Cros
First-ever global conference on climate and health ends at WHO in Geneva
4 September 2014

First-ever global conference on climate and health ends at WHO in Geneva

The first-ever global conference on climate and health ended last Friday at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO).
World Blood Donation Day
3 September 2014

Georgia: Red Cross volunteers donate blood to save mothers

The personal story of one Georgian mother highlights the `Safe Blood for Saving Mothers´campaign and the importance of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation.
Beneficiary profile: Mina
24 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Mina, from Brčko district

Mina is 65 years old. When the floods came to Brčko district in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she lost almost everything.
Beneficiary profile: Hajdar
15 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Hajdar from Janja, Republika Srpska

Hajdar and his family woke at 3 am one night in in May to the sound of rushing water; floods had arrived in Janja.

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