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Fighting cholera amid hunger and conflict in South Sudan

A South Sudan Red Cross volunteer speaking about cholera prevention

A South Sudan volunteer speaking about cholera prevention – ©BritishRedCross/HenryMakiwa

Alfred Lati Joseph pinches his cigarette butt between his thumb and index finger, his face animated as he speaks. 

“I am young, strong and fit, but what about the babies, the young and the old?” he asks.

“Cholera will kill them first because they are weaker. It can take you in a matter of hours, and that’s the truth.”

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Mongolian schools get ready for earthquakes with Red Cross help

Mongolia schools earthquake preparationMongolians live in a harsh environment full of risks and hazards – including the threat of earthquakes. But in just two years, a Red Cross programme has helped 99 schools in the country’s capital prepare for such disasters.

Mongolia has experienced 2,500 earthquakes since 1970. And in the capital and largest city, Ulaanbaatar, 56 per cent of buildings would be at high risk of serious damage or collapse if a major earthquake took place.

That’s why staff and volunteers from the Mongolian Red Cross Society are teaching schoolchildren skills such as first aid and how to take shelter when an earthquake happens. They also help students learn a safe escape route out of their school. And twice a year students test what they’ve learned with simulation exercises.

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What is it like to have Ebola and survive?

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©IFRC/IdrissaSoumare

“Now they call me anti-Ebola,” said Saa Sabas. He is a lucky man, and he knows it. The father-of-two, from Guinea, is one of a handful of people to survive Ebola. 

It is an especially virulent disease. The current outbreak continues to spread in West Africa and has so-far claimed more than 500 lives, according to the World Health Organisation. 

The outbreak began in Guinea, in March, and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. A lack of knowledge and understanding about the disease meant that it spread quickly, particularly among health workers and those caring for the sick. This is exactly how Saa became infected.  

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Gallery: Help for people living with Iraq violence

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society is giving vital help to people affected by ongoing violence in the country. Our new gallery shows a distribution of aid, including food and water, in Erbil.

Today you can make a donation that helps the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement bring food, water, shelter and healthcare to people affected by the violence in Iraq.

     

All pictures ©Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

 

 

Three years after independence, crisis casts a shadow over South Sudan celebrations

South Sudan is three years old tomorrow. Click on this interactive image to find out more about the crisis and read a piece from British Red Cross press officer Henry Makiwa, who has spent the last week in the war-torn country.

The roads are being scrubbed clean and pavements are getting a shiny new coat of paint. On one of the city’s biggest intersections, two young men draped in the country’s colours stand along the roadside selling miniature versions of the national flag. Welcome to Juba, South Sudan.

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Ebola virus disease explained: Q&A

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©IFRC/IdrissaSoumare

An outbreak of Ebola has left more than 450 people 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. 

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. This is the first time the disease has appeared in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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