Category: Issue 2-2016

Burkina Faso

Photo: Alexandre Bocquillon Recycled pavilion gets new life in Burkina FasoAs donors and international organizations discuss how best to support local organizations, many are coming up with their own ideas on how to ensure self-financing of local humanitarian relief. Here’s just one: For the Burkinabe Red Cross Society, one solution is to develop local revenue [...]
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A bigger piece of the pie

Illustration: Jonathan Williams A bigger piece of the pieDonors pledge to increase direct funding of local and national organizations. The move to increase direct funding to local humanitarian organizations comes in the wake of growing international attention to the funding imbalance between international and local actors, in spite of the advantages local organizations have in [...]
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The fight against Zika

“Please now come into the courtyard with your brooms ready,” the voice in the school public-address system booms through the school hallways. “It’s time to start the cleaning-up campaign to eliminate the mosquito.” A few minutes later, students are in the courtyard, sweeping up any trash where mosquitos might find even a small place to [...]
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Something’s Cooking in Navojoa

Photo: Nadia Shira Cohen/IFRC Something’s Cooking in NavojoaOne cup social media. Two spoonfuls of enthusiasm. A dash of regular exercise and a basket of garden-grown vegetables. These are just some of the ingredients that go into the ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ initiative — a recipe catching on in communities in Mexico and beyond. Donning a white apron, [...]
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Yellow fever outbreak could spread, IFRC warns

Yellow fever outbreak could spread, IFRC warnsA deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola has now spread to China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Kenya. The IFRC warned in May that fears are growing that the disease will continue to spread internationally unless immediate action is taken. “Limited vaccine supplies, poor sanitation, inadequate [...]
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ICRC: sparing the civilians of Fallujah

ICRC: sparing the civilians of FallujahFierce fighting around the Iraqi city of Fallujah in May raised serious concerns about the well-being and safety of civilians still trapped in and around the city. The situation was particularly problematic for the tens of thousands of men, women, children and elderly people who remain stuck inside Fallujah, the [...]
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El Niño sweeps southern Africa

El Niño sweeps southern AfricaAs El Niño-related drought conditions swept across southern Africa, some 49 million people will likely be struggling to get adequate food by the end of the year, according to the IFRC. Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe all declared states of emergency, as have seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. Mozambique declared [...]
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‘I used to sit alone’

‘I used to sit alone’When the unrest that shook Burundi in April 2015 spread to their home province of Kirundo, Gérard and his 14-year-old brother feared for their lives. “We left home in the middle of the night and followed other people who were leaving for Rwanda,” said Gérard. The two brothers made it to [...]
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Focus: The first ones

These Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers help women in wheelchairs cross front lines to get medical care in the war-town city of Aleppo. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah FocusThe first onesThey are the first ones on the scene. After the bomb blast, after the alarm sounds, they are on their way, on foot, in an ambulance or [...]
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In for the long haul

Illustration: Jonathan Williams In for the long haulDonors and relief organizations agree that people affected by natural disaster or trapped in protracted conflict need more stable, long-term support. In many of today ’s emergencies, relief workers are not just saving lives. They find themselves working year after year in the same places, providing social and [...]
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