By Elhadj As Sy, IFRC Secretary General Responders to the current Ebola epidemic in North Kivu are dealing with an unprecedented scenario. This is the first time that Ebola has found its way into an area where there is complex and violent conflict. It …

The IFRC’s Africa regional office works in support of 49 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in sub-Saharan Africa. Through its country cluster support teams and country offices, it provides coordination, financial, and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

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Even before the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), communities in this province of over five million inhabitants had already been weakened and rendered vulnerable by an armed conflict that has lasted for 20 years. If t …

23 October 2018

By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC Under heavy rain, Ica Lopes Da Silva, accompanied by her son Julio Cesar, tries to carry, towards a rented tricycle motorbike, the items she has just received from the Red Cross of Guinea Bissau. The 53-year-old woman lives wi …

22 October 2018

Photo: Nwakpa O. Nwakpa/Nigerian Red Cross Chidera looks down at her newborn baby, delievered in a displacement camp in Delta, Nigeria. With more than 176,000 people displaced by the recent floods in Nigeria, at least 10,500 are pregnant and lactating …

11 October 2018

A temporary shelter perched near the riverside in Patani displacement camp in Delta State, Nigeria By Lizzy Okoji Propped on the riverside is Patani – one of the communities hardest hit in Delta State by floods. Almost all its houses are submerged by w …

10 October 2018

Kenya Red Cross has recently launched a television station (Switch TV), targeting the youth with a view to empowering them to solve humanitarian challenges in their communities. “Our vision is to be the most influential platform for educating and empow …

4 October 2018

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Hunger in East and Central Africa

Millions of people in East and Central Africa are facing a severe food crisis. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is responding to bring life-saving support to the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities.