On 17 and 18 September 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), together with the Tunisian Red Crescent, convened a Partnership meeting on the humanitarian needs of migrants in Tunis. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the ‘Tunis Commitment To Our Shared Humanity’.
On 17-18 September, the Secretary General participated in an IFRC-convened partnership meeting in Tunis, Tunisia. On 17-18 September, the Secretary General participated in an IFRC-convened partnership meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, looking at the escalatin …
Infographic highlighting the scale of the migration crisis and the Red Cross Red Crescent response.
By Lisa Pattison, IFRC “ABC: avoid body contact”, “No touch” and “Ebola is real” became mantras to chant and print across Sierra Leone as the country continues to battle the unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Catchy and simple, communities have latched onto …
By the side of a dusty highway in Tanéné, in southwestern Guinea, two young Red Cross workers crouch in the back of a four-wheel-drive among wires, headphones, microphones and a box that looks like a mini studio control panel. In between blasts of catchy music to pull in listeners, the deejay, who is actually an experienced Red Cross beneficiary communications officer, takes calls from people wanting to find out about Ebola.
Weeks of heavy rain have deluged the Solomon Islands over the last month, affecting an estimated 10,000 people across the country. The rains, which began at the end of June, intensified in early July with the arrival of cyclone Raquel and the prolonged downpours have blocked many roads and access routes and also affected power and communications lines.
Tímea Kramcsák: “I am involved many emergency operations, but usually from a distance, sitting behind a desk. This experience was different, this was face-to-face…”
In times of emergency when people are living in fear and uncertainty, good communication between humanitarian organisations and affected communities is crucial. The public looks to organizations like the Red Cross as a reliable source of information and in the wake of the April 25 earthquake, the Nepal Red Cross Society has strengthened its use of traditional as well as social media to share information relating to the disaster with earthquake survivors.
For the past weeks, Yemen has been enduring a bloody round of violence which has so far claimed the lives of hundreds of people and has caused major destruction in the country.
Enhanced face-to-face communication when educating communities in Guinea about the Ebola virus disease has helped to drastically reduce resistance and animosity towards its volunteers.