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West Africa Ebola outbreak: new health centre in pictures

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A new Ebola treatment centre has been opened by the Red Cross in one of the worst affected areas in Sierra Leone.

The centre, on the outskirts of Kenema city, received its first patients within hours of opening on 15 September. Among them was an 11-year-old girl.

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Treating the sick and wounded in South Sudan

©ICRC/CamilleLepage

©ICRC/CamilleLepage

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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Balkan floods: families wait to return home

Near Brcko district,  Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two weeks after the floods, the water has yet to recede -  ©IFRC/Nicole Robicheau

Near Brcko district, Bosnia and Herzegovina – ©IFRC/Nicole Robicheau

From the air, the north-east of Bosnia and Herzegovina resembles a vast lake with houses, roads and rail lines submerged.

Two weeks ago, the Sava river, which forms a natural border with neighbouring Croatia, took a new course through some of the border villages in the Brcko district.

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South Sudan Red Cross fights cholera outbreak

An outbreak of cholera in South Sudan has infected hundreds of people and raised fears of an epidemic. The Red Cross is working to prevent further infections among an already vulnerable population. Maria Nilsson, from the Swedish Red Cross, explains how volunteers are helping.    

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©SwedishRedCross/MariaNilsson

South Sudan Red Cross volunteers are at the forefront of the fight to stop an outbreak of cholera in the capital Juba. The disease has so far claimed 14 lives.    More

This week's headlines

Some of the headlines that have caught our attention this week.

As usual, these links may contain views and opinions with which the British Red Cross might not necessarily agree with nor endorse.

138 dead after cholera outbreak in Haiti – CNN

Haitian Health Ministry officials have informed the World Health Organization that 138 deaths are a part of a fast-moving cholera outbreak north of Port-au-Prince, a U.N. official said.

Asylum seekers may have to pay towards cost of appeals - The Scotsman

Asylum seekers and migrants who want to appeal against decisions made against them will be charged under new plans.

‘CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME’ – The Express

David Cameron was last night forced to defend the Government’s massive hike in overseas aid while slashing public spending in Britain.

Typhoon Megi heads for China after striking Philippines – BBC

Typhoon Megi was the strongest to hit the Philippines for several years and caused significant damage, tearing the roofs off houses and cutting power. It has now passed over the main island, Luzon, and is heading towards the southern coast of China.

Big increase in drunken 10-year-olds who need an ambulance - Evening Standard

London Ambulance Service figures today reveal that the number of 10- and 11-year-olds requiring medical treatment for alcohol abuse has more than doubled in the past two years.

In the news this week

Starting today, we’ll be doing a weekly roundup of some of the headlines that have caught our attention over the past 7 days. They all relate to our core areas of work – emergency response, first aid, refugee services, volunteering, and resilience – but they don’t necessarily reflect our own views on the subjects covered.

Feel free to leave your own thoughts on these topics in the comments.

Pakistan flood damage at $9.5 bln

“Pakistan’s recent floods inflicted $9.5 billion in damage to property, crops and infrastructure, according to an Asian Development Bank and World Bank assessment, Finance Ministry officials said on Wednesday.”

Senegal takes in Haitian student refugees

“It is one of Africa’s poorest countries, with simmering discontent over power cuts and unemployment with nearly half the population living in poverty. But Senegal has made good on a promise to give free homes and education to a group of Haitian students who lost everything in January’s devastating earthquake.”

Global hunger index: see how the world compares

“Is global hunger getting worse? According to the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI), published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in many countries nothing has changed over the last decade.”

7/7 bombs acts of ‘merciless savagery’, inquests told

“The 52 victims of the 7 July 2005 bombings were “murdered” in acts of “merciless savagery”, the inquests into their deaths has heard.”

Child asylum-seekers targeted in Home Office budget cuts

“Thousands of child asylum-seekers are to be removed from Britain under savage budget cuts being drawn up by the Home Office ahead of this week’s comprehensive spending review.”

We will need ‘2 Earths’ to sustain our lifestyle

“Our take up of food, land, natural minerals and animals has doubled in under 50 years, says new research.”

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2010

“This year a number of major disasters have captivated the attention of the public and media: the January earthquake in Haiti, the massive earthquake in Chile one month later, the summer heatwave and wildfires in Russia and months of continued flooding in Pakistan.”

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How first aid hero helped Gumtree casualty

Casualty-in-roadThere was a horrible story in the news this week – a chap in London went to buy a car from someone he’d contacted through the Gumtree website, but was instead ambushed and stabbed through the heart.

As his attackers fled with the money he’d brought, they left the man dying in the street. The news story goes on to explain:

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