Health and care activities in the IFRC include first aid and emergency response as well as epidemic control, programmes in health promotion and prevention, addressing stigma, providing psychosocial care and enabling community empowerment.

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The consumption of water and the generation of human waste are such commonplace aspects of human life that planning for the appropriate use or removal of them is often overlooked.

20 July 2017

Addressing the psychological needs of populations affected by crises has become a prominent concern in international humanitarian assistance. The need for this approach is supported by research findings, that people closest to disasters are more at risk for physical and psychological disorders, harmed mental functioning, and antisocial behaviour.

20 July 2017

Blood safety is a critical underpinning for safe blood transfusion and health systems. People in all countries have a right to expect that the blood and blood products supplied to them are gathered, produced and provided in a safe and sustainable way that supports their communities and their health systems.

20 July 2017

Health in Action

World First Aid Day

The IFRC is the largest first aid educator and provider in the world. In 2014, over 15 million people were trained, and for more than 150 years, first aid has provided by our volunteers.

In focus: Ebola

During the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak, Red Cross teams worked with community leaders to ensure families knew about how the virus is spread, what the symptoms are, and the importance of early treatment.

World Water Day

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.

Health news

Outreach activities are specially targeted towards children as agents of change in the hope of spreading the message on Zika awareness and prevention to families and by extension, communities.

17 August 2017

Since the beginning of 2017 Brazil has experienced the greatest outbreak of jungle yellow fever in decades.

11 August 2017

On a shaded veranda outside the Horinagor Mother and Child Care Centre, a midwife meets with a group of moms who recently gave birth at the facility, and explains the nutritional and health benefits of breastfeeding. The centre, in Satkhira district of …

4 August 2017

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