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Coronavirus - Egypt: ICRC donates medical supplies, protective gear to health facilities in North Sinai

The ICRC aid includes masks, gowns, gloves, body bags and non-touch thermometers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has donated essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies, worth 1.5 million Egyptian Pounds, to the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC), which has been directed for use in health facilities in North Sinai. This is the third ICRC donation to the ERC…

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Mozambique: Violence and extreme weather curb health care for thousands

39 health facilities out of 55 – or 71% of them – in nine conflict-affected Cabo Delgado districts are non-operational

Health facilities and health staff have had a difficult year in Mozambique. The health system has been the double victim of Cyclone Kenneth and a large-scale outbreak in violence which has seen the flight of healthcare workers and the destruction of more health facilities. That includes facilities that were rehabilitated…

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Central African Republic: Children traumatized by violence confront their fear and anger

Psychological support is provided once a week in the camps for displaced persons, with the aid of Central African Red Cross volunteer

The latest clashes in the Central African Republic began in December 2020. They involve armed groups and government forces and have forced over 180,000 people to flee their homes, seeking a semblance of safety. Some are living in camps for displaced persons near the town of Kaga-Bandoro. But whether they…

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Mozambique: ICRC to scale up its humanitarian response in 2021

The ICRC will rehabilitate nine primary health facilities serving more than 175,400 patients in Pemba, and support hospitals in Montepuez and Pemba

Today ICRC President Peter Maurer finalised his official visit to Mozambique by meeting with the President of the Republic of Mozambique, H.E. Felipe Jacinto Nyusi. To help respond to the humanitarian crisis in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, the ICRC will scale up its programmes in 2021 with a…

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“It is time to end the violence in the Central African Republic”

Armed violence has forced over 180,000 people to leave their homes in search of some semblance of safety

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer completed his five-day visit to Central African Republic today. Mr Maurer met the president of CAR as well as government officials and talked to the community leaders. He also visited Kaga-Bandoro, where access to health care remains…

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Coronavirus - Africa: One year of COVID-19: Vaccines bring hope, but Africa must be included

A statement from ICRC President Peter Maurer as he makes a visit to the Central African Republic one year after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Africa

This has been a devastating year for communities across Africa. Millions were exposed to the direct and the indirect social and economic impact of the pandemic, which revealed the acute weaknesses of health systems through the continent. Loved ones fell sick and died. Children lost time in class, and millions…

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The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement scales up its humanitarian response to meet urgent needs in Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti

Refugees and people displaced within the region suffer from a lack of food and essential services, like water and healthcare

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing to donors for 20 million Swiss francs to urgently expand its response to the acute humanitarian needs created by the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia, while the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is appealing for 27…

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Central African Republic: ICRC condemns attack on its Bouar office and calls for humanitarian workers to be respected

During the night of 27 December, armed individuals broke into the ICRC's premises in Bouar

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been forced to drastically reduce its humanitarian activities in Bouar in Nana-Mambéré prefecture after its office was raided. Some ICRC staff will be moved to other locations in the Central African Republic until security in the town can be restored. During…

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Nigeria: Sharp increase in food prices caused by COVID-19 raises fear of hunger

Number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program grew by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases rose by 10%

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has seen an increase in malnutrition rates among children in nutrition centres it supports in Nigeria. The number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program grew by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases rose by 10%, compared to the…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Depression, anxiety common as huge gaps remain in mental health care

More than one person in five in conflict-affected areas lives with some form of mental health problems

As October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, an untold number of people in South Sudan are struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems caused by conflict and violence and not receiving the support they need, especially in rural areas, either because services are not available or because…