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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.   
 

Giving back after experiencing two wildfires in two years

After living through two wildfires and two evacuations in just two years, Red Cross volunteer Al Lucas turned his experience with natural disaster into a reason for giving back.
 

A determined mother, an emergency c-section, and mighty twins: A happy dispatch from Mozambique

Joanna Stepien, a Canadian labour and delivery nurse, shares her experiences after going to Nhamatanda, Mozambique with the Red Cross transition team following Cyclone Idai.

3 ways to keep children safe around water

We all know the importance of actively supervising children around water. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four, and statistics show that two-thirds of toddler and infant fatal drownings happened during an absence in supervision. So what does active supervision mean when children are in, on or around water?

Personalizing your emergency kit

We all have unique needs, so it makes sense that your emergency kit will also be unique. Read how Red Crosser Mahmood Jafari makes sure his emergency plan includes plans for his mobility during emergencies and disasters, and how those with impaired mobility can be ready. 

How the Canadian Red Cross helped a family travelling the world together

When a family travelling the world together had their trip turn to a literal disaster, the Canadian Red Cross was there to help. 

Saving lives: Improving access to healthcare in rural Nepal

When 5-year-old Shawal fell from his family’s second storey terrace it was a fall that would be a serious accident in any country, but in rural Nepal, getting to the hospital is incredibly difficult. Read how enhanced ambulance service from the Nepal Red Cross helped save Shawal's life. 

Empowering strong and healthy communities in Nunavut

Inspired by her personal journey, Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt is invested in breaking the cycle of trauma in her community by empowering young people to take care of themselves. 

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