The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.

people around Red Cross truck hand out items to people at a garbage dumpBELARUS: Dozens of homeless people living on landfill sites in Belarus have been supported with hot food, first aid and treatment for frostbite as temperatures in the country plummet. The Belarus Red Cross helped 154 people sleeping rough at rubbish dumps near the country’s capital Minsk in early January as part of its winter response operation. Another 1,000 homeless people have also been reached in Vitebsk, Gomel and Minsk with emergency supplies, hot food, drinks and health care by volunteers.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Persistent violence in the Central African Republic has separated families, leaving many anxious about the future. Increased insecurity and poor road networks remain a big challenge for those who wish to look for their loved ones. When security allows, the Central African Red Cross, in collaboration with the IFRC and other partners, continues to assist affected families through first aid, water, sanitation and hygiene activities, distribution of non-food items and small ruminants, and health promotion.