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Seeking better health at Red Cross treatment centre in east Africa

She sits cross legged on the cot, amid the many other mothers in the crowded tent. She has a smile that can light up a room. She uses it to bravely mask her concern. Two of her three children have fallen sick to bacteria ravaging many villages across eastern Africa. Acute watery diarrhea/cholera has taken its toll on the bodies of six-month-old Abdi who lies in his mother’s lap, and on six-year-old Zakaria, who curls up lethargically at the foot of the cot, barely able to lift his head.

What it was like working in a cholera treatment centre with the Red Cross

Jenna Atchison is a nurse from Ottawa. This year, she traveled to east Africa to work in a cholera treatment centre. Jenna took a moment to share her experience with us. 

Colleen Laginskie: exposing herself to risk to help others

Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, all countries with varying degrees of instability; all countries in which travellers expose themselves to a certain amount of risk; and all countries in which Colleen Laginskie has worked.

Sitting upright - free from disease

Bashiir sits upright on his cot inside a crowded cholera ward. “It is the first time I am sitting like this in a long time,” says Bashiir. “With my illness, I could not sit, I could not stand. For three days and three nights, I was vomiting. My entire body was aching. Those were black days.”
 Bashiir is at a treatment centre in eastern Africa for acute watery diarrhea/cholera set up by the Canadian Red Cross, with support from the Government of Canada.

Finding family and love

After fleeing violence and conflict in Rwanda over 20 years ago, Jean-Damasc̀ene Hakizimana and his mother have been reunited through the Red Cross Restoring Family Links program. 

Out at sea: One Canadian’s experience on board The Responder

Canadian Red Cross aid worker Dr. Kim de Souza shares her experience working in the Mediterranean Sea, aboard The Responder. In the four weeks she spent aboard, Kim provided medical care to rescued migrants who had endured treacherous conditions at sea. 

The search for water in a drought-stricken country

Combatting acute watery diarrhea/cholera requires knowledge, skill, equipment, medicine, and most importantly: good, clean water. But how can that be accomplished when an increase in cases of acute watery diarrhea/cholera is seen in a developing country experiencing a severe drought?

World Refugee Day: Stories of challenges and successes

It’s World Refugee Day on June 20th and to mark it, we’re highlighting some of our stories from this year on the challenges and successes of those who had to flee their homes.

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