Country: Africa

Access to water and sanitation helps halt risk of disease in growing refugee camps on Uganda border

Follow Irene Nakasiita, Uganda Red Cross Communications Coordinator, as she reports from Parolinya Settlement where Red Cross is supporting thousands of refugees seeking safety from neighbouring South Sudan Reporting by: Irene Nakasiita Under the scorching afternoon sun, a young woman walks through the narrow, bushy foot path with a jerrycan. She opens a running tap near a fenced water plant, fills her jerrycan and returns to the path. She is Beatrice Anyei, 26. With a shy smile she welcomes me to follow her to her home. Beatrice lives in a one-room grass thatched hut with her elder brother and her...

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Communities as agents of change: Five things we’ve learned from the Ebola response

From 2014 to 2016, Ebola killed 11,000 people in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Red Cross volunteers and staff across West Africa worked around the clock to help halt the disease from spreading, including in the 10 neighbouring countries across the region (Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea- Bissau, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire). Here are the five lessons we’ve learned from working and communicating with communities affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa: 1. Communities play a vital role in preventing and responding to epidemics There are strong traditional beliefs and...

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Meet three inspirational people in Africa, making a difference in their own community

By Osman Mohamed Osman IFRC Across the world, Red Cross continuous to meet humanitarian needs affecting vulnerable people. Volunteers in Africa play a vital role in meeting these needs. In Somalia, Samira Mohammed sleeps in dangerous areas with her Red Crescent colleagues to reach people who would not otherwise have health care in remote areas. Leonard Nkone, a Botswana Red Cross volunteer says he does just his time but quality time. In South Sudan, Madelena Kamsur Babur a South Sudan Red Cross, who is was forced out of her home because of conflict, gives first aid services in her...

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.