Red Cross Stories : Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide (Page 5)

Canadian Red Cross Stories

Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide

First two Ebola survivors discharged from Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone

October 02, 2014 - “I don’t know why I survived when others didn’t,” says the first person to have survived Ebola after treatment at the newly built IFRC Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. After two negative blood tests, 37-year-old man is free to head home.

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Ebola virus outbreak: The four pillars of Red Cross intervention

August 27, 2014 - Meet a Canadian working with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to educate local populations on the Ebola virus, contain the outbreak, trace Ebola cases, and provide psychosocial support to locals affected as well as volunteers and health staff trying to save lives. 

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Red Cross providing vital help to the people of Gaza and Israel

August 01, 2014 - The humanitarian consequences of the ongoing conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestine Territories continue to impact the lives of millions. The situation in the densely populated Gaza Strip is particularly dire.

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Red Cross working to combat Ebola outbreak in West Africa

July 22, 2014 - A fast-spreading outbreak of Ebola is affecting several countries in West Africa. Ebola is a highly contagious virus that causes severe haemorrhaging. To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for the disease, which kills between 25 – 90 per cent of victims, depending on the strain of the virus.
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Red Cross responds to cholera outbreak in South Sudan

July 18, 2014 - The South Sudan Red Cross is mobilizing volunteers in the wake of a cholera outbreak which has affected more than 2,900 people.
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The Red Cross prepares for hurricane season

June 09, 2014 - The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November each year.  All it takes is one hurricane to cause severe damage, destruction and the potential loss of lives.  
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Families waiting to return to their homes following floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina

June 05, 2014 - Almost 10,000 Red Cross volunteers from the Red Cross National Societies of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have been mobilized to support individuals affected by the flooding.  Assistance includes helping with evacuations, providing shelter and psychosocial support, distributing food and clothing, and reuniting family members who have been separated.

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Canadian aid workers deploy to Chile to support psychosocial needs after major earthquake

May 26, 2014 - Following the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Chile on April 1, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies mobilized its Regional Response Unit (RRU) for the first time.  Bringing together expertise from Red Cross National Societies, including the Canadian Red Cross, the unit provided support for the emotional and psychological needs of those affected and helps build the capacity of Chilean Red Cross volunteers so they can continue to provide psychosocial support to communities in the future.
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Red Cross continues to support those affected by Balkan Floods

May 22, 2014 - Unprecedented rainfall in Europe has left thousands in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina evacuated from their homes or without power.
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Red Cross supports response in Serbia and Bosnia during catastrophic floods

May 21, 2014 -

The Canadian Red Cross is now accepting donations to help those affected by the worst flooding in more than a century in Serbia and Bosnia. To date, tens of thousands have been evacuated from their homes and thousands are still waiting to be rescued.

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