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How I became an international aid worker: Ben Webster

Red Cross workers rescuing people from Philippines flood

Red Cross rescue team evacuates villagers to safety after Typhoon Bopha
© Philippines Red Cross

Ben Webster explains how he got his role as disaster response programme manager at the British Red Cross:

1. What does your job involve?

I work in the disaster response team and we are responsible for monitoring all of the disasters going on around the world. We provide analysis on what the humanitarian needs are (as well as the resources available to respond within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement) and then make recommendations as to if and how the British Red Cross can best support the situation on the ground. There are so many disasters happening around the world, it is tempting to try and support all of them in one way or another. However, we have to recognise that with limited resources, we need to make them count – which is why our team provides analysis to try and work out where the British Red Cross can really ‘add value’ to the humanitarian response and ensure our resources are used for maximum effect. More

How I became an international aid worker: Charlie Dawson

Charlie Dawson with a girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Charlie Dawson with a girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Charlie Dawson is a British Red Cross delegate on loan to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She has been working as a protection delegate for the ICRC since 2009. The ICRC works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. More

Shivering? You must have heatstroke


Image: Stuart Dowell/Flickr

Last Wednesday I was teaching on one of our first aid courses. The topic of the day? Extremes of temperature.

We looked at a range of conditions, from heatstroke to hypothermia.

On looking at the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, one of my students said she had experienced shivering when she had heatstroke while camping.

“That’s not what it says in the book!” I said.

“Well, I was definitely shivering!” she replied.

We do hear some weird, non-textbook symptoms when we’re treating casualties. This was certainly one of them. More