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Ethiopia: ICRC aid flight delivers lifesaving medical supplies to Tigray

The ICRC intends to organize other flights carrying medical assistance in the coming days and weeks

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) made its first delivery of medical supplies since last September into Mekelle, the capital of Tigray. With the support and through the facilitation of the authorities, the urgently needed supplies, including essential drugs, arrived in Mekelle on Wednesday. They will be distributed…

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Dwindling medical supplies in northern Ethiopia prevent health workers from aiding those in need

The ICRC is profoundly concerned over availability of medical treatment, including medicine and medical equipment

As the conflict in northern Ethiopia continues to evolve, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, putting enormous strain on the region’s health-care system and medical staff. The ICRC is profoundly concerned over availability of medical treatment, including medicine and medical equipment. Health-care services are lacking essential medical supplies,…

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Somalia: As fighting in Bossaso escalates, ICRC calls for restraint

Residents living in Bossaso have fled to neighboring villages following clashes near the Puntland security forces base

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society are calling on all sides taking part in the clashes around Bossaso to show restraint and to ensure that persons not participating in the violence are protected, in accordance with applicable international law and the principles…

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African Union: ICRC holds virtual dialogue on Innovative Approaches and Partnerships to Address Health Threats in Africa

In times where the threats to the health sector in humanitarian settings are tremendous and where accessibility and the health needs of vulnerable populations often continue to be ignored, innovative approaches and partnerships become indispensable

In cognizance of the urgency to find creative solutions to the highly complex difficulties in the health sector, ICRC held in conjunction with Africa CDC, a virtual dialogue on innovative approaches and partnerships to address current and future health threats in Africa on 14 December 2021. The virtual event formed…

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Coronavirus - Egypt: ICRC donates protective equipment to health ministry to support fight against COVID-19

The ICRC donation, worth 1 million Egyptian pounds, includes FFP2/N95 masks, protective coveralls, examination gloves, surgical gloves, body bags, and non-touch thermometers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) donated this month personal protective equipment (PPE) to Egypt’s Ministry of Health to support national efforts to face the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICRC donation, worth 1 million Egyptian pounds, includes FFP2/N95 masks, protective coveralls, examination gloves, surgical gloves, body bags, and non-touch…

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Somalia: the compound impact of drought and conflict pushes people to the brink

Last month the Federal Government declared a state of emergency, as thousands leave their homes in search of food, water and pasture

More than 300,000 people have been affected by the worsening drought in Somalia’s Galgaduud region. Last month the Federal Government declared a state of emergency, as thousands leave their homes in search of food, water and pasture. In addition to the worsening drought, Guriel, a town of some 100,000 inhabitants…

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Operational update on Ethiopia: Responding to the growing humanitarian needs amid increasingly difficult security conditions

Medical staff face increasing personal insecurity, while treating conflict related casualties and trying to cover basic health needs for an uprooted and weakened population

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people throughout northern Ethiopia face increasing hardship, as fighting intensifies. At the same time, shifting frontlines and deteriorating security make access for vital humanitarian aid even more challenging. Urgent humanitarian needs continue to grow in Amhara and Afar regions, where newly displaced people desperately need…

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Nigeria: Protecting health care services through synergy and communication

The second national roundtable on the protection of health care was organised jointly by the ICRC in collaboration with Nigeria's Ministry of Health

In the wake of the lockdown at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a pregnant woman being rushed to the hospital lost her child because her doctor was delayed by the police at a stop and search point and then detained. Policemen conducting stop and search operations are confronted…

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ICRC alarmed at lack of humanitarian access for 26 million people in Africa

The ICRC calls on all actors to respect international humanitarian law as communities have limited access to aid across Africa

Some 26 million people live in areas in Africa where humanitarian groups have difficulty reaching people most in need, where access to basic services like medical care is extremely limited due to violence and armed conflict, according to a new estimate from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).…

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Mozambique: ICRC director of operations says combined impact of conflict and extreme weather in Cabo Delgado threaten public health

Mozambique has increasingly been facing the compounded impact of armed conflict and climate change in recent years, which takes a toll on people's health

Massive displacement in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique's northern province, has put an enormous strain on existing water and health facilities, some of which were previously damaged by extreme weather events. As a result, a concerning shortage of safe water, sanitation and health services is a looming threat to public health for…