IFRC


2011

22 November 2011

The Horn of Africa deserves our commitment even when the drought has passed

Throughout October and into November, good rains have reached much of the arid lands of the Horn of Africa, and it is now possible to talk about the end of the drought.
18 November 2011

Weather extremes and disaster: betting with the odds

Statement from Bekele Geleta,  Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Poker players like to say that if you 'bet with the odds' you’ll come out ahead in the end. The trick is to know what the odds are. For over two decades, scientists have been getting better at calculating the odds of us seeing more climate-related problems such as floods, drought,...
Building resilience to drought is key to reducing dependence on food aid
14 October 2011

Building resilience to drought is key to reducing dependence on food aid

Throughout this autumn, in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and capitals across the world, the Heads of East African governments have committed to eradicating drought emergencies,
Why the world’s youth are key to reducing the impact of disasters
13 October 2011

Why the world’s youth are key to reducing the impact of disasters

This year alone, we have witnessed disasters on an unprecedented scale - the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, devastating floods in Pakistan and Australia, and the serious food crisis in the Horn of Africa to name just a few.
A world of hunger amid plenty
22 September 2011

A world of hunger amid plenty

Among the ever-widening range of critical issues facing us today, few keep me awake at night more than one of the oldest and most persistent: hunger.
Prevention is an urgent priority in tackling the global epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases
19 September 2011

Prevention is an urgent priority in tackling the global epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases

With the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, infectious diseases and their impact on humankind have become a major preoccupation for the public, governments and the media alike.
Don’t blame it on the rain
7 August 2011

Don’t blame it on the rain

Is the Horn of Africa facing the worst drought in sixty years? Perhaps. Yet, in recent decades, many things have changed in the region, and the underlying causes of the current humanitarian crisis are complex and varied.
Preparing for Disasters: Our Collective Responsibilities
27 July 2011

Preparing for Disasters: Our Collective Responsibilities

“It’s not enough to respond to disasters, we must reduce their impact and get people out of harm’s way” says Nilofar Bakhtiar, Chairperson, Pakistan Red Crescent Society
Horn of Africa:  A letter from Turkana, northern Kenya
26 July 2011

Horn of Africa: A letter from Turkana, northern Kenya

Aid agencies typically use malnutrition rates of 15 per cent to define an emergency. In parts of Turkana in Northern Kenya, the rates are 37 per ...
The birth of a new nation poses challenges for internal and international partnerships
8 July 2011

The birth of a new nation poses challenges for internal and international partnerships

We are on the verge of seeing the birth of a new African nation, one that will have emerged through the will of its people.
5 July 2011

Politics, war, migration: the anatomy of a humanitarian crisis

By Alexander Matheou Another drought has hit the Horn of Africa, but we need to look beyond the lack of rain to find the reasons why these long, dry seasons become humanitarian crises, and these reasons should tell us something about how we need to respond. When drought hits the Horn, the worst affected are the Somali communities, who live in the driest regions, crossing parts of Kenya, Ethiopi...
AIDS and human rights: a test of a humane society
9 June 2011

AIDS and human rights: a test of a humane society

The international community meets this month to review progress and agree how to continue to tackle the global AIDS response.
Early warning, delayed response?
3 June 2011

Early warning, delayed response?

Is providing food during a drought always the right course of action? It’s a familiar question to humanitarians the world over, and there’s no clear answer.
13 May 2011

Mediterranean tragedies highlight the need to safeguard the rights and requirements of migrants

Matthias Schmale, Under Secretary General for Development, International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (IFRC). The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expresses its deep concern at reports that hundreds of migrants may have perished attempting to cross the Mediterranean since the start of the year. While such migration is not a new phenomeno...
Disasters are not a department: to reduce risk, we must empower communities
10 May 2011

Disasters are not a department: to reduce risk, we must empower communities

“Do something!” This simple message is the first one that governments hear when terrible events such as the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti appear in the news.
Humanitarian work and technological disasters
22 April 2011

Humanitarian work and technological disasters

For many years, it was said that the next Chernobyl would be Chernobyl. The creaking sarcophagus seemed to be the world’s biggest risk of a civilian nuclear accident.
21 April 2011

Malaria: Real progress through real partnership

By Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) The global community has made real progress in the fight against malaria, with bold partnerships, innovative thinking, strong leadership and increased funding – all proving that we can do more, do better and reach further. Fighting malaria is one of the Millennium Development Goals...
A challenge to the imagination, an appeal to the conscience
14 April 2011

A challenge to the imagination, an appeal to the conscience

On 11 March, a massive earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, struck Japan’s Sanriku coast. Then came the tsunami, cresting at more than 38 metres high and devastating 500 kilometres of coastline.
Towards a world free of tuberculosis
23 March 2011

Towards a world free of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis kills 15 people every hour. Between now and 2015, more than 10 million people will die from a disease that is both preventable and curable.
Stefan Seebacher, Head of the health department. Photo: IFRC
22 March 2011

The world’s water woes and the urban divide

Water shortages in the world are nothing new, but access to water and improved sanitation has now become one of the biggest challenges for urban settings where 50 per cent of the worlds’ population lives.
12 January 2011

Haiti – paving the road to a better future

Bekele Geleta, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies In Haiti today, one year after a deadly quake struck, as many as 1 million people are still without a proper roof over their heads. Journalists, politicians and donors are arriving en masse to make assessments and publish opinions. They will see hundreds of thousands of people still under tarpauli...

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