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Providing health care services to refugees in Lebanon

About an hour’s drive south along the coast from Beirut lies the five-story 75-bed Hamshary hospital. Run by the Palestine Red Crescent Society, it was initially set up to provide health services to the surrounding Palestinian refugee camps, but the hospital is open to anyone in need.

After Cyclone Idai: Rebuilding and patient care at Nhamatanda Hospital

Over the past six month, the Red Cross has been working to improve healthcare in Cyclone Idai impacted Mozambique. Canadian Red Crosser Jenn Houtby recently returned from Mozambique, where she was able to take stock of just how much work has been accomplished over the last months. 

Creating child-friendly environments in rural Nepal

Colourful mats line the floor, dolls sit in anticipation of being played with, building blocks stand at the ready, and puzzles lay piled waiting to be put together. These are rooms any child would want to play in – brightly painted Child Friendly Spaces, created by the Nepal Red Cross Society following the 2015 earthquake, with funding support from the Canadian Red Cross.

Red Cross responds to Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

Even before Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, the Red Cross has been on the ground. Now a response is underway to provide much needed aid. 

Moving towards change: Hiring women labourers in Mozambique

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to making sure that gender equality and social inclusion are an active part of our programs. Sometimes this means having to challenge assumptions about who can do what - such as heavy labour. Recently in Mozambique, the Red Cross purposefully sought out women labourers, read about their experiences.

The Bangladesh Population Movement two years on

August 25, 2019 marks two years since the Bangladesh Population Movement began. Since 2017, more than 700,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state for Bangladesh. Many international aid workers, like Canadian Red Crosser Norine Naguib, continue to support the efforts there.

As important today as it was then: the Geneva Conventions marks 70th anniversary

You have probably heard of the Geneva Conventions before, but are you familiar with what they say, who they protect, and how they continue to impact us? Seventy years ago, the Geneva Conventions were created. To honour this 70th anniversary, we are taking a closer look.

Ebola: the impact we do not see

Since the discovery of the Ebola virus, in 1976, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced ten outbreaks. The deadliest one yet is currently ravaging the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. We’re talking about thousands of people impacted – dozens of new cases are identified each day, limited access to affected populations, armed groups who are not helping the situation and the increasingly obvious threat of the disease spreading to bordering countries. However, what we are not hearing about are the real-life consequences of the virus on survivors, on their family and on their community.   
 

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