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First aid for cold weather

Snuggle up with your favourite hot beverage and read these quick First Aid for cold weather tips to prepare yourself for the Canadian winter as it approaches.

2018 Word Disaster Report : Leaving no one behind

Read about the 2018 World Disaster Report, which examines those who are not being reached with critical humanitarian assistance, and how they can receive aid.

Life with purpose: volunteering opens new doors

I’ve always wanted a life that I can be proud of. I get the most satisfaction out of helping others.
This was temporarily taken away from me in 2012. I live with a progressive neuromuscular disease that has left me a quadriplegic. At the time I was working at the Worker’s Compensation Board as a Case Manager. The 9 to 10 hour days were too much and I was forced to take an early retirement.

Dr. Praphan Phanuphak: At the forefront of HIV/AIDS prevention and research in Thailand

More than 30 years ago, Dr. Praphan Phanuphak diagnosed the first three cases of HIV in Thailand. It was February of 1985, and he was 35-years-old at the time. He was working at a hospital run by Thai Red Cross at. Four years after those first few cases, he co-founded the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, where he stills works today as its director. 

Making a difference in Honduras

The Canadian Red Cross is working with the Honduran Red Cross to help build their capacity as part of the CERA program. This program, with support from the Government of Canada, means that the Honduran Red Cross will be better prepared to respond to disasters and emergencies. Here are some ways the program is making a difference in Honduras.

You have the power to save a life

What would you say if I told you that you had the power to save a life in your community?  Would you believe me?  Saving a life is easier than you might think. November is CPR month and as a Paramedic I can’t stress enough how important bystander CPR is in the chain of survival when a persons’ heart stops.  Of all the cardiac arrests that I have seen, or heard of through colleagues, that resulted in the person having their heart successfully restarted have all had some element of bystander CPR prior to paramedics or a defibrillator arriving.

Being effective, come hell or high water

In Mali, the winter is not very wintry at all. Instead, it’s the rainy season. Every year between July and September, heavy rains fall across the country. Some regions, such as Sikasso, are hit harder than others and the damage goes far beyond material goods. Families are left homeless, flooded areas quickly become breeding grounds for diseases such as malaria, which is a leading cause of death in children under five.
Whether in Mali, in Canada, or elsewhere in the world, one of the essential roles of Red Cross volunteers is to support people affected by disasters. Lala is one of these volunteers.

4 Tips to keep you safe on winter roads

Snow, freezing rain, black ice, slush, muck and mud cover roads in potentially every month of the year. Following these four winter driving tips will prepare you for a safe winter journey and indoctrinate yourself with some truly Canadian knowledge. 

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