Author: Ika Mudzar

Emergency hospital: Six months of saving lives

Toni Stokes never knows how many women in labour will arrive each day. Sometimes none, other times three or four pregnant women are rushed to the Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Homes, convenient water and health posts transform lives and countryside

Pasang Tamang’s face lights up as she chats with visitors on the veranda outside her new house.  “I feel more secure here than in the temporary shelter,” says Pasang. The temporary shelter was made of corrugated iron, which was home to her and her family after the earthquake destroyed their old house and killed their daughter. Living with disability even before the disaster, which battered Nepal on 25 April, 2015, leaving nearly 9,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands of families homeless, Pasang, 48, has become even less mobile and is dependent on her husband and other relatives. Hers...

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Bracing for a crisis within a crisis in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and partners, is taking action to reduce the risks and be able to respond quickly if there’s a crisis within a crisis.

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Making the best out of a challenging life in camp

Zihara, 18, and her sister, Ronjida, 15, live in a tarpaulin and bamboo shelter in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, since fleeing their home in Myanmar in August 2017. Shy at first, and then finding her voice, Zihara remembers the open field in front of their old house in Rakhine.

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Myanmar Case Studies: Rebuilding their lives in a time of uncertainty

For people living in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, these are uncertain, challenging times. Many families have faced cyclical violence, population movement or flooding over the past three years. To help them through the worst of these situations, villagers around Sittwe town are receiving cash grants and training from the Myanmar Red Cross Society. Although violence means the Red Cross programmes sometimes have to be suspended, these grants have helped people start small businesses, while Red Cross health centers and first aid training give them access to basic healthcare and prepare them for future disasters. Meet the people we are reaching...

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