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DRC: Media statement on the end of the 13th Ebola outbreak

A cumulative 11 cases were recorded during this 13th outbreak, including 8 deaths and 2 cured

The Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) joins the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in celebrating the end of the 13th Ebola outbreak in the country. The Minister of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention of the DRC, officially declared, this 16 December…

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Red Cross Red Crescent reaching 1.5 million people on the move in MENA, yet millions are left without support

Climate change and conflicts are only expected to accelerate the number of people migrating out of the region in the coming months and years

Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies are reaching more than 1.5 million migrants, refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Middle East and North Africa, yet the number of people on the move left without essential support is colossal, a report by the International Federation of Red Cross…

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    • A woman in Satkhira, Bangladesh holds her baby as she receives COVID-19 assistance from the Bangladesh Red Crescent in September 2021. Credit: IFRC
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Drowning just below the surface: New IFRC research reveals magnitude of socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

The new research provides a global overview, with a special focus on ten countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Philippines, Spain, South Africa and Turkey

Women, people in urban areas and those on the move have been disproportionately and uniquely affected by the devastating socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are some of the findings of new research published today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The COVID-19…

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    • Johannesburg, South Africa. COVID-19 testing by South African Red Cross Society at their Vereeniging branch in Vereeniging. On site, people are registered, screened and given behaviour change and prevention messages while they wait. A volunteer nurse does the testing, giving each individual the choice between a nasal swab or a throat swab. Nurse Joyce Radebe says everybody chooses the throat swab. Photo: IFRC/South Africa Red Cross
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Africa CDC, IFRC, and USAU call for equitable vaccine coverage in Africa

The deep inequities in vaccine distribution are also linked to the devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19

Today, during a high-level event on COVID-19, on the margins of the UN General Assembly, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) called on partners and governments…

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Coronavirus: Africa CDC and IFRC ramp up COVID-19 response in Africa

Strengthen investments in locally-led action—for prevention and response purposes—while working with governments to ensure they intensify efforts to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched a new collaboration to strengthen community resilience and response to public health emergencies at community level. The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to…

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    • Combination of wildfires and COVID-19 threaten tens of thousands of lives in Algeria and Tunisia
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Combination of wildfires and COVID-19 threaten tens of thousands of lives in Algeria and Tunisia

Flames have killed dozens of people and forced hundreds of families to leave their homes

The wildfires currently spreading in Algeria and Tunisia threaten the lives of tens of thousands, while also damaging local ecosystems, infrastructures and livelihoods.  Both countries face a multi-hazard situation, as an alarming number of COVID-19 infections have been reported in the past weeks. Flames have killed dozens of people and…

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    • Somalia: Three million face starvation and disease, warns IFRC, as it calls for swift action
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Somalia: Three million face starvation and disease, warns IFRC, as it calls for swift action

Somalia is vulnerable to extreme climatic conditions, including repeated cycles of drought, seasonal floods, and tropical cyclones

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned that Somalia is on the cusp of a humanitarian catastrophe. One in 4 people face high levels of acute food insecurity and more than 800,000 children under the age of five are at risk of acute malnutrition…

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    • Inclusive vaccination and protection measures urgently needed to stop the new pandemic waves in North Africa
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Inclusive vaccination and protection measures urgently needed to stop the new pandemic waves in North Africa

Concerns for the future are mounting as variants continue to spread

The International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Middle East and North Africa, is concerned that the increasing COVID-19 transmissions in the region could spark a domino effect with catastrophic health, social and economic impacts, unless vaccination rollouts are stepped up and protection measures reinforced. Algeria,…

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    • As COVID-19 cases surge in Africa, Red Cross warns that insufficient funding is impeding the response
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As COVID-19 cases surge in Africa, Red Cross warns that insufficient funding is impeding the response

National Red Cross teams in seven countries are stepping up surveillance, testing, healthcare and hygiene activities

Halting an increasing trend of COVID-19 cases in Africa will require additional funding. This was announced by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), amid a worrying surge of cases in Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa. National Red Cross teams in these…

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    • DRC volcano eruption: Red Cross steps up its response amid fears of a “multi-hazard” emergency
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DRC volcano eruption: Red Cross steps up its response amid fears of a “multi-hazard” emergency

Over 1,722 houses and other structures have been destroyed, leaving about 30,000 people homeless and displaced

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned that a multi-hazard emergency looms large following the eruption of Mountain Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The IFRC has launched an emergency appeal of 11.6 million Swiss francs to assist 80,000 displaced people in DRC and…