Ebola outbreak declared over in Sierra Leone



For the last 530 days, the people of Sierra Leone have been living under a cloud. It’s a cloud that has lingered since May 2014 when Ebola breached the country’s borders.

Today, with the declaration that the Ebola outbreak is now over in Sierra Leone, that cloud has been lifted.


Q&A: What you need to know about El Niño

p-PHL2894You may have heard about El Niño in the news recently.

It’s been claimed that this global weather phenomenon could lead to a prolonged freezing winter in the UK – more sensationalist headlines than fact.

It’s also been reported that El Niño could have been behind Hurricane Patricia – the biggest storm ever recorded in the western hemisphere – that hit Mexico at the weekend.

One thing is for sure. An El Niño event is well underway and it could have significant repercussions for communities across the world, particularly those in developing countries.


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.