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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…

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Coronavirus - Tanzania: Floods in Lindi - Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update 2, Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)

Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) through this DREF operation, is responding to flood affected families in Lindi region, South East Tanzania

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: This Operation Update No.2 reports on the detailed assessment, seeks to extend the timeframe by two months (for a total of 6 months). Indeed, with support from the deployed surge, the detailed assessments planned in Operation Update 1 has now…

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo): Red Cross volunteers attacked during Ebola burial

DRC Red Cross teams have faced incidents of violence and aggression from communities resisting safe and dignified burial protocols since the start of the Ebola outbreak

Two volunteers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) Red Cross were seriously injured following an attack during a safe and dignified burial of a suspected Ebola case near Mambasa, in eastern DR Congo on Monday, 13 January. The volunteers are now in hospital, receiving medical care and psychosocial…

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Immediate action needed as millions face hunger in Southern Africa, warns the Red Cross

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement already has ongoing operations on food insecurity in Eswatini, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Hunger is threatening the lives of 11 million people in Southern Africa due to deepening drought and in the region. Red Cross teams across Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia are scaling up their response to emergency and crisis levels of food insecurity. “This year’s drought is unprecedented, causing…