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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Recent additions to the resources library


With 190 National Societies and 17 million volunteers, the Red Cross is uniquely placed to implement CBS in collaboration with local Ministries of Health and partners to ensure the early detection of public health threats, and to taking pre-emptive action before the situation worsens.

5 March 2018
Leaflet Zika Info Elderly

This leaflet provides general information on Zika for the elderly.

5 January 2018
Poster Zika Prevention Elderly

This poster provides you with some ways to protect the elderly from Zika.

5 January 2018

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

Good water and sanitation services are regarded as a right, but billions of people still don’t have access to them. For people with disabilities, the barriers to access can be so much higher, and the impact greater.

21 March 2018

For months after Hurricane Maria, people had to look forward to long walks over steep hills and deep slopes, in order to return with their arms full of heavy buckets and bottles of water.

21 March 2018

Host William Carter and Mina Mojtahedi, IFRC’s disability inclusion lead, about the difficulties of providing appropriate water and sanitation facilities for people with disabilities in often already challenging situations.

15 March 2018

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