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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Global public health indicators continue to show significant improvements on average in the health and wellbeing of our communities. People are living longer than ever before; the development of new vaccines continue to save countless lives and materna …

27 November 2020
HWG Extreme Heat during COVID

This year Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies are dealing with the dual risks of COVID-19 and extreme heat, amongst many other compound disasters. For many staff and volunteers, the heat risks may be amplified due to considerations for COVID- …

20 November 2020
Heatwave Guide for Cities

More intense and frequent heatwaves are already occurring in many parts of the world. Their frequency and intensity are expected to rise globally due to climate change. Seventeen of the 18 warmest years in the global temperature record have occurred si …

20 November 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

On the 4th of August, a massive explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, capital of Lebanon, injuring more than 6500 people and affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands. Four months later, a lot has been done but the work is far from finished …

3 December 2020

Europe is experiencing the fastest rise in Coronavirus infections in the world and health systems in many countries in our region are approaching breaking point. Yet worryingly, we are witnessing an alarming rise in people saying they are sick and tired of being restricted.

2 December 2020

The Red Cross medical team check the health condition at residents in their rooms at the Koyoen disability welfare facility. Photo: Atsushi Shibuya / JRCS COVID-19 has affected all parts of society, but it poses a particularly significant threat to the …

1 December 2020

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