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Photo story: disaster risks in Uganda

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Children in Uganda

With a rapidly growing population, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation and climate change, people’s overall levels of risk to disaster in Uganda are steadily increasing. The Uganda Red Cross, supported by the British Red Cross, has launched a new programme to help communities be better prepared for a range of risks, saving both lives and livelihoods. See photos from the programme below. More

How I became an international aid worker: Charlie Dawson

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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

Video: why we need your help after Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy has left thousands of people homeless in Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and the USA.  The British Red Cross is calling for funds to help countries that have been significantly affected by the storm. Money raised will be used to address the greatest unmet need.

Donate to the British Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Appeal

What do The Rolling Stones, the British Red Cross and Formula 1 have in common?

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British Red Cross staff working in HQ

© Lloyd Sturdy/BRC

A new book by renowned teamwork specialist Khoi Tu explores the secrets of success behind seven teams, which he believes makes them ‘legendary superteams’, one of which is the British Red Cross.

I’ve read the book, one chapter of which is dedicated to the British Red Cross’ response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and can’t help but feel a wee bit proud – especially considering the company we’re keeping. The other ‘superteams’ are:

  •  the SAS
  • The Rolling Stones
  • the Ferrari Formula 1 team
  • the animation powerhouse Pixar
  • Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup winners
  • the sworn enemies who came together to achieve peace in Northern Ireland. More

How to survive a hurricane

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Red Cross distributes items after Hurricane Isaac

© Vadim Janvier / Haitian Red Cross

In the past 48 hours Tropical Storm Sandy strengthened into a category 1 hurricane, affecting Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. It brought heavy rains, with the potential for flash flooding and loss of life.

Around the world, in preparation for such disasters, the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has pre-positioned stockpiles of emergency goods, such as food, blankets, tarpaulins, kitchen sets and hygiene kits. It also has early warning systems and pre-agreed plans and procedures for responding to different types of disaster. This means that long before a hurricane hits landfall, the Red Cross springs into action to reduce the threat of harm for those most at risk. More

Angela Rippon: gifts in wills help us save lives

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Angela M. Rippon OBE

Angela M. Rippon OBE

A guest post from Angela Rippon OBE. 

As vice president of the British Red Cross, I have seen up close the life-saving work the charity does both here in the UK and internationally.

When disasters strike overseas – such as the earthquakes that devastated parts of Haiti in 2010 and Japan in 2011 – the Red Cross is one of the first agencies to respond, bringing vital aid to those who need it most. And I often have the privilege of meeting dedicated volunteers who do so much in their local communities here in the UK.

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How I became an international aid worker: Fiona Davidson

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Fiona Davidson outside her office

Fiona Davidson outside her office

Fiona Davidson, regional programme operations manager for Cord, an international peacebuilding organisation in Asia, gives the low-down on her job and top tips for breaking into the development and humanitarian aid sector.

1. What does your job involve?

My current role with Cord is to provide operational and programmatic oversight to the country offices, and to support the country directors to effectively manage their programmes. These involve a range of activities that help build peace by addressing the social, economic and political factors that fuel violent conflict. Some of the issues our programmes deal with are livelihoods, education, human rights and gender equality. I am based in the regional office in Phnom Penh but get to travel with my role to other countries in Asia. More

Relief to resilience: ready to weather the storm

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Man with mega-phone preparing for a cyclone

Man with mega-phone preparing for a cyclone

With the global population exceeding 7 billion, the earth’s resources are under increasing strain, resulting in more crises and people needing help than ever before. In response, the Red Cross has evolved its approach to providing aid.

As the numbers rise – more conflict over limited resources, more weather-related disasters, more poverty and food crises – the Red Cross is bridging relief aid and development for a more sustainable future. More