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Madagascar: Heavy Rains, Floods and Landslides

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: This Operations Update 2 is issued to inform stakeholders of the need to extend the timeframe of this DREF operation by three (3) months (new end date 30 November 2020). The main reason for this extraordinary extension is to enable…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Migrants and refugees “least protected, most affected” in COVID crisis, warns Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) President

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have seen a sharp increase in the vulnerability of migrants around the world

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster for people from all walks of life, but an absolute “catastrophe” for the world’s vulnerable migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees. Already weak social safety nets are eroding, migrants are being stuck, stranded without access to support, in some cases unable to move…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: Lessons of HIV/AIDS key to halting COVID-19 slide, says Red Cross

South Africa is the worst affected nation on the African continent, and currently has the fifth highest number of people testing positive worldwide

A senior Red Cross official has warned that South Africa needed to learn lessons from the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS to help curb the rise in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, as the number crossed the half a million mark on 1 August 2020. South Africa is…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Red Cross Red Crescent alarmed at increase in migrant drownings in Mediterranean

Warmer weather and relaxed COVID-19 lockdowns are thought to be behind an increase in numbers of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe

Red Crescent societies in Tunisia and Libya are seeing an increase in drownings on the shores of North Africa. Warmer weather and relaxed COVID-19 lockdowns are thought to be behind an increase in numbers of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe. Many are not surviving…

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Coronavirus: Uniting for a people’s vaccine against COVID19

COVID-19 is a global disease affecting all people around the world but with a disproportionate higher impact on most vulnerable groups and individuals

The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement call for unity to scale up efforts to develop, test, and scale-up production of safe, effective, quality, affordable diagnostics, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines. Specifically, we ask governments, the private sector, international organizations and civil society to unite towards…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Red Cross calls for “swift and extensive” response to the new Ebola outbreak

The DR Congo Red Cross has been on the frontline of all previous Ebola outbreaks in the country and has developed a strong in-country capacity with 1,600 trained and highly skilled volunteers

More than 150 trained Red Cross volunteers have been deployed as part of a first wave of response to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Équateur Province, in the western part of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr Simon Missiri, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’…

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Coronavirus: Tunisian Red Crescent collaborated with Dar Ben Gacem to Feed the Needy

The initiative supported 45 families and 75 homeless persons before and over Ramadan

The Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC)’s core value of aiding others, namely the deprived Tunisians during the current tough times, was reflected in stepping up and collaborating with Dar Ben Gacem, a 17th-century boutique hotel in Medina of Tunis. The initiative supported 45 families and 75 homeless persons before and over…

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Coronavirus - Africa: International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) Information bulletin - Multiple disasters and hazards

Long-running conflicts or protracted crises have exacerbated the impact of COVID-19, both in terms of health and economics, in some countries

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. Respective National Societies, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), are working to respond to each of these disasters through different means. Some…

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Coronavirus - East Africa: Red Cross raises the alarm over a “triple menace” of floods, COVID-19 and locusts

To respond to flooding, COVID-19 and locusts, the International Federation of Red Cross has provided over 7 million Swiss francs to Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies

A series of mutually exacerbating disasters is unfolding in East Africa, on a scale rarely seen in decades, warned the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Ongoing heavy rain—which has killed nearly 300 and displaced about 500,000 people—has slowed down operations aimed at controlling the worst…

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Coronavirus - Africa: “COVID-19 a wake-up call to international community. Urgent need for global solidarity to prevent poverty and food insecurity around the world,” says IFRC President

The Red Cross and Red Crescent is also scaling up community response efforts, early warning systems and contact tracing across much of Africa

Following his briefings to UN permanent missions this week, Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), stressed the importance of communities coming together to mitigate the immediate and secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across the global community. “Covid-19 is a wake-up…