Sam Smith

Sam brings you the latest stories, interviews and updates about British Red Cross work in Syria, Africa and the Americas.

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Q&A – The Lake Chad crisis explained

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Conflict, acute food shortages, disease and widespread displacement have conspired to leave millions of people in need of help in Africa’s Lake Chad region.

This dire humanitarian crisis has not happened overnight. Conflict has plagued the region for several years. People in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger are all suffering the consequences.

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A mapping revolution that is saving lives

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How can you improve women’s health in Guinea? Or help people in Haiti who have lost everything after Hurricane Matthew?

You could give to an emergency appeal to fund our life-saving work. But if you’re after something with a bit more direct involvement, then taking part in a mapathon could be the answer.

Missing Maps is a volunteer-led project that sees people from across the world create maps that could help people survive and recover from crisis. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection. More

Cholera Q&A – The deadly disease explained

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This blog was updated on 17 July 2017

Yemen is in the grip of an unprecedented cholera outbreak. Since April, there have been more cholera cases in Yemen than those reported in the whole world in 2015 – over 320,000 to date. More than 1,700 people have died.

The number of cholera cases in East Africa is also growing quickly. More than 17,400 people in South Sudan have been infected and at least 320 have died. Somalia is badly affected as well, with 53,000 cases this year and 795 deaths.

In this blog, British Red Cross health adviser Greg Rose explains the threat posed by this potentially life-threatening disease.

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Spike in Sierra Leone Ebola cases “very worrying”

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A spike in Ebola cases in Kono district, Sierra Leone, has served as a warning that the outbreak is far from under control. Nearly 90 bodies have been found in the district in recent weeks.

The Red Cross had already begun building an Ebola treatment centre in Kono. It will become the Red Cross’ second treatment centre in Sierra Leone, alongside the 60-bed centre in Kenema.

Norwegian Erik Lundblad, deputy team leader at the new Ebola treatment centre in Kono, explains how the Red Cross is responding to the spike in cases.

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Treating the sick and wounded in South Sudan

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Dr Frank Ryding never complains anymore. In a career that has spanned the best part of 35 years, he has travelled the world following conflicts and natural disasters with the Red Cross.

He is accustomed to working in trying, dangerous and desperate situations. He knows what it is to be on the edge of life.

The 65-year-old has just returned from four weeks working as an anaesthetist in South Sudan with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and yet another insight into a bloody conflict.

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“Life is so bad out there, you just survive. People are living from one day to the next,” said Frank, who has completed 14 missions with the Red Cross.

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Haiti earthquake: Red Cross reconstruction brings new beginning

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Tucked away in a corner of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the community of Delmas 19 is still recovering from the effects of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

The British Red Cross has been working in the neighbourhood to help rebuild lives ever since the devastating quake struck. Our work has gone through many phases and many challenges and it will soon be coming to an end.

Over the coming months, I’m going to chart our progress through the final stage of our recovery programme – housing reconstruction.

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