Theme: Water and sanitation
Following the devastation of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the Dominican Red Cross mobilized 29 of its staff with three water trucks and five water treatment plants.
Safe water can be scarce in Ethiopia’s remote region of Benishangul-Gumuz, especially for people living in the countryside. Families can be at risk of becoming sick from waterborne diseases and poor hygiene which is why the Ethiopian Red Cross Society stepped in to develop a clever way of addressing the issue.
Basantapur, an hour from the town of Ramechhap, east of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, is home to Chanda Maya Sunuwara. She has spent most of her adult life here. She has seen many changes and is now getting a brand new toilet for her family.
Water, sanitation and good hygiene practices are fundamental to healthy life. Our collective aim is to ensure every family has affordable and sustainable access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
The challenges of accessing good water and sanitation services are compounded when you’re also dealing with disability.
In the last six months there has been a steady increase in people fleeing violence in South Sudan and looking for safety in Palorinya. Resources, and the capacity of the government and humanitarian agencies, are stretched.
Almost two years of worsening conflict has left hospitals and health facilities across Yemen either severely damaged or in many cases out of action entirely. In addition to injuries caused by the fighting, there is a growing need for treatment and prevention of communicable diseases such as dengue fever and cholera.
Lebanese Red Cross volunteers are helping Syrian refugee women to tackle hygiene and health related taboos by group discussions. With support from the Japanese Government, 12,000 women receive women’s emergency kits in Lebanon.
Women take off their shoes and gather around in a small room at Kneisseh refugee settlement in northern Lebanon, which is home to around 100 Syrian refugee families. It’s time for some ladies’ talk.
Earlier this year, during a visit to rural Zimbabwe, I met Victor digging in the middle of the dry Mudzi riverbed. Kneeling in the dirt next to him, I asked what he was doing. “Digging for water,” he said. He had indeed been digging for about an hour, he explained, and managed to draw about half a gallon of dirty water.