Country: Italy

Thousands of Red Cross volunteers meet Pope Francis at the Vatican

“Today more than ever, there is a need for common action at the international level, to ensure that nobody is left behind anymore: we cannot remain in silence in front of drownings at sea, massacres of civilians, bombs and bullets that target our volunteers and health facilities as well.”

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From words to understanding: a solidarity campaign in Italian

Italian Red Cross and Encyclopaedia Treccani launched a campaign to promote humanitarian values through the Italian language. With five definitions – Reception, Migration, Asylum, Dialogue, Humanity – the campaign highlights concepts that are often misinterpreted, and therefore can lead to fear, misunderstanding and disorientation.

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Evacuations underway in Italy as quake rocks island

At least two people are believed to have died and dozens injured following a magnitude 4 earthquake in the Bay of Naples. Ischia island was the worst hit by the tremor which caused several buildings to collapse including a church and houses. Several people remain trapped under the rubble.

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IFRC warns of serious health risks as extreme heatwave sweeps across Europe

Budapest / Geneva, 4 August 2017 — Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in towns, cities and beaches as record temperatures sweep much of southern and central Europe. According to weather reports, south and central Europe are experiencing the highest August temperatures in more than a decade.  The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in the Netherlands says this is indicative of a trend that has seen hotter summers become more common. Countries including Austria, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, and Spain are seeing temperatures climb to up to 42 degrees Celsius in some places this week. Volunteers across Europe have been visiting vulnerable people including those who are homeless and older people who are especially at risk during the hot weather. In France, teams have been distributing water to people sleeping rough in cities and providing information, advice and door-to-door checks on elderly and isolated people. Health coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Europe, Dr Jeya Kulasingam urged people to take extra care during the heatwave: “This prolonged period of extremely hot weather is particular dangerous for people with existing health problems such heart conditions, high blood pressure and asthma, as well as older people and children. “It is vital that people stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, keep out of the sun and avoid over-exertion.” It...

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About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.