Red Cross Stories : Africa

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Canadian Red Cross sends emergency field hospital to disaster-stricken Mozambique

March 25, 2019 - The Canadian Red Cross is sending its field hospital to provide life-saving assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent assistance across Mozambique.

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Cyclone Idai: Full extent of humanitarian emergency still emerging

March 15, 2019 - Tropical cyclone Idai makes landfall in Mozambique, bringing high-speed winds and heavy rains. The Mozambique Red Cross is on the ground assessing needs of displaced families and providing humanitarian relief to those affected.

Red Cross responds to Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

May 23, 2018 - An Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, was confirmed on May 8, 2018. The Red Cross is on the ground, bringing stocks of life-saving equipment and supplies to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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Government of Canada pledges to match donations for food crisis across Africa

May 31, 2017 - With millions facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in multiple countries including Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the Government of Canada has launched its own Famine Relief Fund and will match every eligible donation made by individual Canadians between March 17 and June 30, 2017. 

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Red Cross responds to severe drought across Africa

March 10, 2017 - Millions of people are being impacted by one of the worst droughts Africa has experienced in decades. Without urgent action, thousands of vulnerable people will die every day in countries impacted by drought and related food crises.

Millions of people left hungry due to drought in southern and eastern Africa

February 17, 2017 - The worst drought in decades threatens to leave tens of millions of people in the region of eastern and southern Africa without enough food. In the three countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya alone, an estimated 15 million people are currently in need of urgent food assistance. 

Turning the page on Ebola

March 24, 2016 - Two years after it began, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has finally ended. Today, communities are healing, families are coming back together, and life is slowly returning to normal.     

Ebola transmission ends in Guinea with help of Red Cross

January 08, 2016 - December 29, 2015 marked a key and exciting milestone in efforts to end the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa. 

Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement launches Words Against Ebola

March 23, 2015 - One year after the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement launches an international awareness-raising campaign centered on using “the right words” to help end the disease. 

Care, dignity and hope for Ebola patients

February 26, 2015 - “I knew it was different from the colds I have had in the past,” said Mustapha Mambu, after he started feeling the symptoms of Ebola.