Alpha was a team leader of one of Sierra Leone Red Cross Society's safe and dignified burial teams. He and other volunteers like him suffered stigma in their communities, but their work may have prevented as many as 10,400 Ebola cases across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

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Ayan Chowdhury
Diane Bird
Safe and dignified burials by Red Cross teams may have decreased scale of #Ebola outbreak in West Africa by more than a third, saving thousands of lives, according to a new report published by PLOS.org today.
Safe and dignified burials by Red Cross teams may have decreased scale

Life-saving role of Red Cross volunteers during Ebola outbreak highlighted by new study

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Humayoon Anjum
Mathias Balke
Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan are grappling with escalating cholera outbreaks that have infected more than 220,000 people and killed nearly 2,100 since the beginning of 2017. Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff are working around the clock to stop the spread of cholera and treat people who are sick.
In the aftermath of a major emergency like an earthquake or storm, it can be really hard to find people. Our partnership with Facebook, UNICEF and World Food Programme will help us know exactly where we are needed whenever disasters strike.
In the aftermath of a major emergency like an earthquake or storm

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"We are there when things happen. We are the first responders... Let's not forget about these people."

Fatuma Idris, senior health officer with Somali Red Crescent Society describes how Red Crescent teams are able helping rural communities in the face of ever-growing challenges
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#FightingFamine: Somalia
"Once you have malnutrition, children are prone to every disease"
Red Crescent teams at the heart of the response

Fatuma Idris, senior health officer with Somali Red Crescent Society continues by explaining the health challenges faced due to the ongoing drought in Somalia, particularly by rural communities.

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"There have been a lot of dead animals. Once you see a camel is dead then you know you are heading towards famine."

Fatuma Idris, senior health officer, Somali Red Crescent Society explains the challenges faced by people across Somalia following ongoing drought.
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Mwari Ngumbau
Theadora Davitt-Cornyn
Today is #WorldBloodDonorDay.
Many National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world have been involved in blood donation for decades. These are some historical posters from our archive used to encourage people to give the gift of life through blood.

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Today is WorldBloodDonorDay Many National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around
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More than 100 Gambians who were repatriated from Libya were met by @GambiaRedCross volunteers as soon as they arrived at they Banjul International Airport. They received a range of services from the #RedCross volunteers including first aid, psychosocial support, referrals for medical assistance, as well as telephone service to call their families.
More than 100 Gambians who were repatriated from Libya were met by
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Gumbi Samaila Usman
This week, our Secretary General joined Red Cross volunteers and staff in Moscow to celebrate the Russian Red Cross Society’s 150th anniversary.
"I am honoured to spend time with our volunteers as the Russian Red Cross marks its birthday this year - it has championed humanity through wars, conflict and natural disasters for 150 years."
This week our Secretary General joined Red Cross volunteers and staff in
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Ingo Drews
We’re thrilled to partner with Facebook in launching “Disaster Maps”, an initiative that will provide aid organizations like ours with near real time data that will help better respond to the needs of people affected by disasters. Read more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Valerie Chadban Hussain
"Hunger. You see it in people's eyes."
#Somalia #FightingFamine
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Have you had an accident, or witnessed one? Share your experience with us to help us improve our first aid trainings! [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Local volunteers will be crucial in halting the #Ebola outbreak the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Thanks World Health Organization (WHO) for sharing.
Local volunteers will be crucial in halting the Ebola outbreak the Democratic
Sri Lanka is going through its worst flooding since 2003. Here's what you need to know about it.
#FloodsSL #SLFloods
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Dennis Bsnr
“You become a volunteer from the surplus of your heart. I became a volunteer because I wanted to help whenever I can, however I can, wherever I can”.
Ellie, Katerina and Stelios are three volunteers at the forefront of the humanitarian response in Greece. Hear their stories: [ Youtu.be Link ]
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Bernadette Maureen
"The situation is really catastrophic."
#Somalia #FightingFamine #WHA70
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Fartun Said-adan
Rod Houghton
The humanitarian situation across Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen continues to deteriorate.
Here are some of the latest figures.
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"Making sure community concerns drive humanitarian response is crucial. Not just because it is the ‘right’ thing to do. Because it is the best thing to do for an effective response."
IFRC Under Secretary General Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, at Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s Scientific Days.
Making sure community concerns drive humanitarian response is crucial Not just because
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Humayoon Anjum
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“Even if you offered me the finest meal on a golden plate, I would not feel inner peace. How could we leave all this pain behind and live happily again?”
In Bangladesh, migrants from Myanmar struggle to adjust to a life in exile: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Even if you offered me the finest meal on a golden plate
Abraham Terfa Umah
Saeed Ahmad