26 November 2010

World Aids Day 2010 - Do no harm

Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network Someone, somewhere, right now is in a basement room with a needle and a spoon, trying to take away the pain. In fact, if everyone who is injecting drugs was gathered in one place righ...
13 October 2010

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2010

This year a number of major disasters have captivated the attention of the public and media: the January earthquake in Haiti, the massive earthquake in Chile one month later, the summer heatwave and wildfires in Russia and months of continued flooding in
21 September 2010

Is urban the new rural?

For the first time in the history of mankind, more people live in an urban environment than a rural one and in just 20 years, over 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities and towns. A fortunate minority will live in places like Turin, Tokyo or Toronto, where if your home catches fire or floods, you can call for emergency help and expect to collect on the insurance. Everyone in...
1 July 2010

Haiti: “I believe that the long-term legacy of this disaster will be positive.”

The Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Bekele Geleta, has held a series of high-level meetings with the Haitian authorities during his four-day visit to Port-au-Prince.
12 April 2010

Haiti – the enormous tasks ahead

Recent heavy rains and their mud-soaked aftermath have once again turned the spotlight back onto Haiti.
22 March 2010

Access to water and sanitation should no longer be “all about luck”

Her name is Widline.