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Mothers of measles patients at risk as cases continue to rise

For the past several weeks, the Philippine Red Cross emergency healthcare unit in the Philippines have been tending to the youngest of patients, children and babies coughing with fever, and whose bodies and faces are covered in red rashes. In early February, the local authorities declared a measles outbreak and since then 355 people have died, most of them children under 5 years of age.

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Indonesia: Homes, food, water still top priorities six months after the Lombok earthquakes

This is a disaster displacement crisis unlike many others. Six months after a series of deadly earthquakes, with the worst on 5 August 2018, nearly half a million people in west, north and east Lombok are staying in small shelters they have cobbled together from plastic, tarpaulins or materials salvaged from their nearby damaged or destroyed houses.

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In Pictures: Emergency hospital in Cox’s Bazar transitions to primary healthcare center

Most people working in the camps in Cox’s Bazar call it the “rubber garden”.

For displaced communities living there, the “rubber garden”, or Red Cross Red Crescent emergency field hospital is where they seek medical aid, have their wounds treated, and where their babies are delivered. Since 16 October 2017, the hospital has seen over 52,000 patients, admitted over 1,900, performed an estimated 2,700 surgeries and delivered over 600 babies. The hospital is run by a bevy of doctors, nurses, translators and general workers from various nationalities, all focused on delivering life-saving support and helping to treat ailments and mend wounds.

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