Month: April 2016

Horrifying conditions in besieged Syrian cities

Horrifying conditions in besieged Syrian cities With blockades of several Syrian cities creating catastrophic conditions for residents, the Movement called on all parties in the Syrian conflict to end all sieges being carried out across the war-torn country. As joint ICRC, United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoys delivered food, medicines and blankets into [...]
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The fight against Zika

The fight against Zika As the Zika virus spread rapidly through the Americas earlier this year, teams of Red Cross volunteers hit the streets, getting the message out about how to interrupt the spread of this mosquito-borne disease, which has been linked to an increase in the birth of babies with microcephaly and to Guillain-Barré [...]
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Phones, drones and beyond

Members of a team from Madras, India who participated in the ICRC’s EnableMakeathon make final adjustments before showing their invention to judges. Photo: ICRC Phones, drones and beyondMobile phones were commonplace for many years before becoming an integral part of the humanitarian toolkit. Now humanitarian organizations are being far more proactive as they try to [...]
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At the crossroads of crisis

Tents manufactured by the Turkish Red Crescent are present following disasters and during conflict in many parts of the world. In government-run camps along the Turkish–Syrian border these tents provide shelter to some 250,000 Syrian refugees. Photo: Turkish Red Crescent At the crossroads of crisisAs humanitarian groups from around the world meet in Istanbul, Turkey [...]
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A call for humanity

Members of the Italian Red Cross were honoured for their work in helping desperate migrants who arrived on Italian shores after crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: IFRC A call for humanityIn the shadow of mounting challenges, the Movement’s 32nd International Conference made a case for building a stronger humanitarian response from the ground up. As [...]
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Bright ideas, local solutions

In the Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, volunteers walk the streets and knock on doors, informing residents about how to get involved in community disaster preparedness efforts. Photo: Juozas Cernius/American Red Cross Bright ideas, local solutionsAs humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how can local communities shape the technologies best suited for their needs? [...]
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