Health and care activities in the IFRC include first aid and emergency response as well as epidemic control, programmes in health promotion and prevention, addressing stigma, providing psychosocial care and enabling community empowerment.

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Recent additions to the resources library

EMT report

This study reviews experiences with the regulation and management of international emergency medical teams in 14 major disaster operations from 2003-2015 in countries around the world.  It was prepared collaboratively by the IFRC and WHO.

1 December 2017
271117 2017 CEA Good pratices around the world

This publication presents examples of community engagement and accountability initiatives being implemented by the Movement in both emergency and longer-term contexts. Our work in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East stands testament to how community engagement and accountability is not only enabling us to better respond to the needs of the communities we serve but also in reducing their vulnerability and in building safer, more resilient communities.

27 November 2017

An outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague has killed 57 people and infected nearly 700 others in Madagascar. The Malagasy Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are responding.

17 October 2017

Health in Action

World First Aid Day

The IFRC is the largest first aid educator and provider in the world. In 2014, over 15 million people were trained, and for more than 150 years, first aid has provided by our volunteers.

In focus: Ebola

During the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak, Red Cross teams worked with community leaders to ensure families knew about how the virus is spread, what the symptoms are, and the importance of early treatment.

World Water Day

Water, sanitation and good hygiene practices are fundamental to healthy life. Our collective aim is to ensure every family has affordable and sustainable access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

Health news

There has been enormous progress made in the fight against TB globally, saving an estimated 53 million lives since 2000.

7 December 2017

In the last few months, Pakistan has seen a rise in dengue cases, with over 166,000 cases reported nationwide, and 395 deaths, making this the worst dengue epidemic in the country’s history.

23 November 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, the Red Crescent has provided medical treatment to about 350,000 people, with the support of the IFRC and its partners.

21 November 2017

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