Haiti – the long goodbye


The time has come to say farewell to Haiti. David Peppiatt, our international director, looks at our achievements and why Haiti provided us with a huge test.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Haiti has been one of the toughest places that the British Red Cross has ever worked in.

It has thrown up challenges that we have never faced before. It has pushed our staff to breaking point. It has seen us achieve extraordinary things.


Nepal earthquake: in pictures

The British Red Cross didn’t hesitate to launch an emergency appeal following yesterday’s devastating earthquake. These ten photos help explain why.


1. The earthquake claimed thousands of lives and destroyed around 5,000 buildings. It is feared many people may still be trapped under the rubble.


2. From the moment the earthquake struck, Red Cross volunteers were out in the streets looking for trapped survivors and helping casualties. More

Ebola virus disease explained: Q&A



An outbreak of Ebola has left thousands dead in West Africa. The Red Cross, along with other humanitarian agencies, is working to stop the spread of the deadly and highly contagious disease.

1. What is the Ebola virus?

Ebola virus disease is a severe and often fatal illness – outbreaks have a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Outbreaks occur predominately in remote villages in Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.

The first incidence of Ebola was in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks: in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo close to the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

The origin of the virus is unknown. The current Ebola outbreak is the largest ever documented, both in terms of the number of cases and the size of the affected area.


Snapshots from Haiti : ‘Our home’

Haiti earthquake fiveFive years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, British Red Cross work in the Caribbean nation is coming to an end.

Our recovery programme in Delmas 19, a small community in Port-au-Prince, is due for completion this year.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, we gave out two cameras to youngsters aged between 8 and 20.

The brief was simple: capture photos that illustrate life in Delmas 19 and Red Cross work.

With a bit of guidance and schooling in photography along the way, these are some of their images.


Spike in Sierra Leone Ebola cases “very worrying”



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.


Ebola outbreak: the surreal journey home



British Red Cross Ebola nurse Marjorie Lee has returned home to Scotland after one month of treating patients in Sierra Leone. It has been a difficult four weeks, but the 51-year-old wants to go back as soon as possible.

It feels surreal to be slipping back into normal life with all the preparations going on around me for Christmas.

Everything seems so far removed from the challenges facing the people I’ve just left in Sierra Leone. Christmas, I’m sure, is the last thing on their minds.