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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SS transition report

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will sunset following certification of the eradication of wild poliovirus. While finishing the job on polio and ensuring that the world remains free of polio remain top priority, the wind down of this exte …

18 September 2020
Somalia transition report

For over three decades, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has funded the global polio eradication program. Somalia is one of the countries whose polio program depends exclusively on the GPEI. GPEI-funded activities in Somalia extend beyond …

17 September 2020
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Public trust in institutions in all parts of society is critical for health emergency preparedness. Leaders in government, science, public health, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, and the media are charged with identifyin …

14 September 2020

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

By Olivia Acosta David Brito is studying to be a commercial engineer in Chile and in the meantime he is thinking about how to help most affected people by COVID-19 in his country. And he comes up with some good ideas. His mother was already a volunteer …

13 September 2020

Susan Mercado Dr. Susan Mercado is strategic adviser at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. She is a former Philippines Undersecretary of Health. We are on the verge of wiping out polio again in the Philippines, a batt …

11 September 2020

by Melissa Monzon Santa Cruz, August 10, 10:00am. Magdalena gets ready for the arduous day. The situation room is activated. Today, volunteers and staff from the Bolivian Red Cross – Santa Cruz branch will be starting with the mission: to accompany the …

31 August 2020

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