Russia, Moscow, 2017.

Visitors to a ëNight at the Museumí event at Sechenov University have brushed up on life-saving skills as well as medical history with the Russian Red Cross in the countryís capital. More than 150 people took part in the first aid masterclasses in the universityís Museum of Medical History.

Visitors to a ‘Night at the Museum’ event at Sechenov University have brushed up on life-saving skills as well as medical history with the Russian Red Cross in the country’s capital.

The IFRC’s European Regional Office works in support of 53 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and Country Offices, it provides coordination, financial  and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

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The First Sanitary Squad, Red Cross Society of Russia. 1920s

An aviator nurse from the Second World War, a rescue team looking for earthquake survivors and cancer screening in Chernobyl are just some examples of rare photos on show in Moscow this month.

24 May 2017
Kyrgyzstan, Ayuu, 2017.

The Kyrgyz Red Crescent assessment team on the spot of tragic landslide that killed 24 people. The On 29 April 2017, a landslide occurred as a result of earthquake tremors near the village of Ayuu. Considering the threat of new earthquake tremors and consequent landslides, the Kyrgyz Red Cross evacuated 85 residents of the village to a safe place.

Thousands of people are coming to terms with the aftermath of a series of disasters that have hit southern Kyrgyzstan in recent weeks.

17 May 2017
Thessaloniki, Greece
The majority of migrants in Greece have spent more than a year in similarly difficult conditions. Tents or containers are not appropriate housing in the long-term, particularly during extremes of weather. 
Salah and Abu Nidal with their families have been lucky in having been granted proper housing. They now live in the urban area of Thessaloniki in a cosy two floor apartment-house – Salah with his pregnant wife and mother-in-law and Abu Nidal with his his pregnant wife and their three children.

Some years ago, two Palestinian-Syrian men – Salah from Damascus and Abu Nidal from Homs – met for the first time in Turkey after both had escaped the war in Syria to save their families. Ever since that chance meeting the two families have been inseparable.

16 May 2017
Turkey, Gaziantep, 2017.

Shik Mohammed’s family is one of the 600,000 families who escaped to Turkey, now living in the border town Gaziantep. They are holding “Kizilaykart”, a pre-loaded cash card provided by the Turkish Red Crescent for asylum seekers and refugees. Each family member eligible for the cash support scheme is receiving a monthly payment of 100 Turkish lira (25 Euros) via the card. People can buy whatever they need most with the card – whether it is food, rent, school fees or mobile phone costs.

Dreams and fears of the three million Syrian people in Turkey differ from those who have never experienced a war before.

12 May 2017
Castlerea Prison, Castlerea. Graduation ceremony for the inmate volunteers. In June 2009, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce a community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) approach into a prison setting.

Volunteers in this prison have a programme for welcoming new prisoners.

Volunteers worldwide are improving access to health and empowering communities in some of the most difficult contexts.

The CBHFA approach is being innovatively applied to different types of communities, from a small village in a developing country to an Irish prison.

The programme is active in 10 prisons in Ireland, and is due to be extended to all 14 prisons. It has recruited 326 inmates as Irish Red Cross special-status volunteers who have helped to improve the lives of more than 3,279 of their fellow prisoners and the prison staff.

When I was growing up I was always getting into trouble in school, being brought home by the police and hanging around with the wrong crowd…

3 May 2017
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Europe in focus

Growing vulnerabilities report

The recently published “Growing Vulnerabilities: increased action” is a follow up  to the “Europe in Crisis – Think Differently” report, providing updates on the humanitarian needs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response in the region. The report was produced in cooperation with the Centre for Policy Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and it presents evidence of the Red Cross and Red Crescent actions and patterns in cooperation with stakeholders in the areas of migration, volunteering and social action.