Tackling Ebola: the Red Cross in numbers

Stats accurate on 14 October

Stats accurate on 14 October

Red Cross staff and volunteers are working in very difficult conditions to stop the spread of Ebola.

Red Cross volunteers from the affected countries are visiting households in their own communities, going from door-to-door to make sure people know what Ebola is, how it can be contracted and how it can be treated.

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Surviving Ebola: Red Cross discharges first two patients from Sierra Leone treatment centre

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Osman and Kadiatu, pictured centre, holding their discharge papers

When the Red Cross opened a treatment centre recently in Sierra Leone, Osman Sesay was the second confirmed Ebola patient to arrive.

When he crossed the threshold of the Kenema centre, he was listless and lethargic, with the glazed-over look of someone infected with the deadly disease.

Over the course of the past two weeks, Osman watched 11 fellow patients being taken for burial in the newly-dug cemetery, while he continued to grow stronger. He interacted with staff more, he moved more, he began asking for more food.

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Richard Osman helps a barefoot refugee

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Richard poses with fellow presenter Alexander Armstrong

When a very tall refugee was left shoeless, the Pointless presenter literally stepped in – with his gallumphing size 14s – to help out.

This is a tall story, but not in the way you’d think.

Last week, a destitute asylum seeker approached our refugee support team in Belfast with an unusual cry for help – he desperately needed some new shoes.

The poor chap had been walking around in a pair of flip-flops since last Spring. And when one of them finally busted altogether, he was left hopping about barefoot in the rain. More

Inside the hotels: life for asylum seekers on ‘seaside break’

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When 158 asylum seekers were recently sent to hotels in Bournemouth, some reports in the media called it a holiday on the ‘sunshine coast’. Our refugee services coordinator, Mark Forsyth, reflects on the problems he actually saw at the hotels – and the people behind the headlines.

Enjoying a seaside break in luxury, complete with swimming pools and champagne: these are some of the ways the plight of asylum seekers being housed in hotels on the south coast have been described in recent weeks.

As a British Red Cross worker, I’d like to share with you what I saw. More

Nepal’s solar-powered blood bank will save lives after deadly earthquakes

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How will a ground-breaking blood bank, made from shipping containers and using solar panels, save lives after earthquakes in Nepal?

Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is at high risk of being devastated by a major earthquake. Such a disaster could injure more than 300,000 people, and leave more than a million homeless.

This year the Nepalese Red Cross Society is building an innovative new blood bank with help from the British Red Cross, as part of a huge project helping the city and its people prepare for earthquakes. It will collect and store blood from the day it opens, ensuring a supply is available the second a disaster happens. More

Red Cross runner raises (and loses) many pounds

Sometimes, running is about much more than just the race. For Liz Strain, it meant laying some old demons to rest – while raising money for the organisation she loves. This is her story.

Liz-Strain-Scottish-runner-BLOGI’ve always battled with my weight. For many years, I had quite an addictive relationship with food. Though I often dieted, I always put the pounds back on later – and even added more.

But losing both my beloved parents a few years ago was a real wake-up call.

It made me question what my life priorities were, and I resolved to finally do something that would have made them both proud: get fit. More