Janice Babineau

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In photos: Red Cross providing aid for displaced people in Bangladesh

Since August 25, more than 500,000 people have crossed into Bangladesh, fleeing violence in the northern areas of Rakhine State, Myanmar. They are now living in large camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar and are in desperate need of basic necessities. The Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is providing food, water, health care, sanitation and shelter, in support of the work by the Bangladesh Red Crescent.

In photos: Mexican Red Cross responds to powerful earthquake

In response to a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, the Mexican Red Cross quickly mobilized hundreds of volunteers and staff. This includes medical personnel such as nurses and doctors, 140 ambulances and 30 urban rescue unit to provide assistance to people impacted by the disaster in Mexico City and in Puebla.

First aid: How to respond to concussions or head injuries

Full disclosure: I play soccer and have seen my fair share of head injuries on the field and I feel fairly confident in what to do, but when it comes to my rambunctious and active toddler, I’m sometimes unsure if I need to be concerned about a bump to the head or when I can chalk it up to just another bruise that isn’t going to slow him down.

Tech Talk: How Facebook can help in disasters

Last week, Facebook announced it was partnering with humanitarian organizations including the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) to help fill a data gap that occurs when a disaster strikes.

Aviva Canada employees proud of volunteer effort after Alberta Fires

A year ago, Aviva Canada employees and broker partners across the country who received training as Red Cross volunteers through their national Ready When the Time Comes partnership were called upon to help. The task: providing assistance to the thousands of people forced to evacuate Fort McMurray and the surrounding region as a result of wildfires.

Tech Talk: Why misinformation can be dangerous in disasters

When people are facing an emergency or disaster, there’s a natural desire to seek as much information as one can find, as there’s an urgency to take action. Knowledge is empowering. It helps people make the best possible decision for their family, such as how to prepare for the disaster, whether to evacuate, when to remain safely at home, where to go, and what services are available. Knowledge also alleviates fear of the unknown.

Canadians providing critical medical care in Iraq

Two Canadian aid workers, perioperative nurse Dianne Hyra-Kuzenko from Winnipeg, and anesthesiologist Louis Fraser from Calgary are part of an ICRC surgical team providing critical medical care for war-wounded people in Iraq.

​Eight stories that warmed our hearts this year

There’s no doubt 2016 was a challenging year for many people who experienced disasters such as the Alberta fires and Hurricane Matthew, or who fled their home as a result of armed conflict.

​We want to cap off the year by sharing some of the most inspiring and heartwarming Red Cross stories from 2016 to show humanity at its best. What inspired you this year?

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