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DR Congo: We cannot scale down while Ebola escalates, says IFRC

Since the outbreak started in August 2018, more than 1,100 people have died, making this the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history

The international community must urgently increase its investment in Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo before the outbreak escalates further, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Despite some successes in containing the outbreak, there has been an alarming increase in…

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Cyclone Idai casts a shadow over global disaster conference

This warning coincides with the opening tomorrow (15 May) of the UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva

A major international conference on disaster risk reduction will take place under the shadow of Cyclone Idai – a disaster that underscored how little investment the international community makes in protecting vulnerable people from rising disaster risks. Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique on the night of 14 to 15 March.…

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World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Celebrating “14 million points of hope”

This year’s celebration also coincides with the centenary of the founding of IFRC on 5 May 1919 by the American, British, French, Italian and Japanese Red Cross Societies

On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2019, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is celebrating the nearly 14 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers around the world who provide a lifeline to countless communities in need. In a statement sent to the…

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DR Congo: “Ebola is spreading faster, and many people are no longer seeking care”

This warning follows confirmation of 18 new Ebola cases on Tuesday (9 April) – the highest single day figure in the now eight month-long outbreak

The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is worsening as trust in the response effort falters, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This warning follows confirmation of 18 new Ebola cases on Tuesday (9 April) – the highest single day figure…

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Mozambique: Aid reaches community cut off since cyclone

The distribution was the first of many that will target 20,000 people in Buzi

More than 2,300 people isolated since Cycone Idai struck Mozambique received a major delivery of Red Cross emergency supplies late yesterday. The community of Buzi, which lies to the south of the city of Beira, had been almost entirely cut off from large-scale assistance as a result of the flooding…

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Mozambique: Red Cross races to stop new disaster following confirmation of first cholera cases

The Mozambique Red Cross has volunteers specially trained in cholera management who have responded to previous outbreaks

News that the first cases of deadly cholera have been confirmed in Mozambique has accelerated Red Cross and Red Crescent disease prevention activities in the vulnerable communities that have been devastated by Cyclone Idai. Jamie LeSueur, head of operations with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies…

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Mozambique: “Speed, quality and scale of response critical to preventing disease outbreaks” says IFRC Secretary General

Two Red Cross field hospitals are now en route to Mozambique to provide urgently-needed medical care

The Red Cross and Red Crescent network is speeding up efforts to prevent disease outbreaks in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, with the arrival today of an Emergency Response Unit that will provide sanitation for 20,000 people every day. Two emergency field hospitals will follow. “After a disaster of this…

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Mozambique: “Tens of thousands of families have lost everything”

Some cholera cases have been reported in Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), speaking at the end of a visit to Beira, Mozambique and surrounding areas, said: “The scale and scope of suffering and damage is breath taking. Hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted in some…

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Emergency water and sanitation units deployed to disaster-struck Mozambique

In addition to water and sanitation, IFRC and Mozambique Red Cross are also aiming to address the massive shelter needs caused by the tropical cyclone and the floods

Two major emergency response units are being deployed to Beira in Mozambique as the world’s largest humanitarian network continues to scale up its response to Cyclone Idai. The first will provide basic sanitation facilities for up to 20,000 people. The second will produce up to 225,000 litres of clean water…

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Understanding and working with communities is essential to end Ebola, says International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Secretary General

The DRC Red Cross is set to strengthen its Ebola operation with the support of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners

The Secretary General of the world’s largest humanitarian network has called on organizations responding to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to place more emphasis on deepening understanding of communities and partnering with them to respond to their needs. Speaking at the end of a three day…