Red Cross Stories : Africa (Page 2)

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Community health worker contributes to change in community

January 29, 2015 - In Narukumo, located in Central Pokot in Kenya, lives 32-year-old Simon Mariach.  Simon is one of the 26 community health workers collaborating with the Kenya Red Cross to implement change around the community’s perception of health with an aim to reduce or eliminate preventable diseases.

Helping hands needed in a world without touch

November 14, 2014 -

When the call came asking Dr. Lauralee Morris to deploy to West Africa, she was apprehensive but knew in her heart that she wanted to do her part in the fight against Ebola.

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With the support of donors - Red Cross scales up Ebola response in Sierra Leone

October 24, 2014 -

The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has launched the expansion of its Ebola operations in Sierra Leone with a three day workshop.

HBC Foundation to match Canadian donations supporting response to West Africa Ebola outbreak

October 13, 2014 - A generous donation match offer from Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Foundation will support Red Cross emergency response efforts and encourage Canadians to respond to the urgent need for donations to combat the spread of the Ebola virus. Until October 31, all online donations to the West Africa Ebola Fund made at will be matched by HBC Foundation.

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Sewing success in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp

June 04, 2014 - ‘’I remember that dark day vividly in my mind just like it was yesterday. When the war broke out in the oil city of Malakal, in South Sudan, my [Nuer] community was targeted to be killed’’, says Angela Nyakuok Riek. Angela is 60 years old and left South Sudan in 2006 to become a refugee in Kenya. She is among the 449 South Sudanese refugees who live in one of Kenya’s five Dadaab refugee camps on the Somali border and for years she was overlooked by humanitarian agencies that seek young energetic English-speaking youth to employ in the camps.

Taking preventive action to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

April 22, 2014 - Ebola continues to claim lives in West Africa. As of April11, Guinea had counted close to 160 suspected cases with 104 deaths. The virus which surfaced in rural Guinea and then spread to Conakry, the capital, has now also reached neighbouring Liberia, where five cases have been confirmed.