Our volunteers are the driving force behind our humanitarian work and the most valuable asset that National Societies have. Millions of people around the world unite efforts around the Red Cross to prevent and ease human suffering. Each member of this volunteer force is a fundamental piece in our organization.
Salvadorean Red Cross and IFRC staff visited the Soyapango municipality in El Salvador to conduct a community cleaning and awareness campaign as part of the ongoing regional Zika Virus operation in the Americas. Community members shared their thoughts on how Zika affects their community, the tools that the Red Cross has provided to help keep their environment safe from the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and what they are doing to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.
On Sunday April 24th, the Panamanian Red Cross and IFRC delegates took to the streets of San Miguelito, Panama to conduct Community Based Surveillance activities for the Zika Virus. The objectives were to map breeding sites at the household level, identify suspected and confirmed cases of Zika, monitor rumors and misinformation from community members and sensitize, inform and empower families to adopt Zika prevention and control measures.
The Zika Operation was launched in February 2016 in response to the international emergency appeal for Zika virus intervetion. Since then, we have worked with 12 National Societies in the Americas, reaching nearly 5 million people in the fight against Zika. This video is an overview of our impact in the region and the work that we do.
This comic book is a child-friendly tool to support school safety, to raise awareness and prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.
The Haiti Earthquake raised awareness of how technologies support disaster response and communication. The response in Haiti changed humanitarian communication. This creates enormous challenges, as well as opportunities, for the Red Cross Red Crescent.