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In our effort to support worldwide tuberculosis (TB) control efforts, we call on governments, donors and communities to continue their commitment to prevent, find, diagnose, treat and cure all people with tuberculosis (TB). Despite being largely preventable and treatable disease, TB continues to be a threat to global public health, killing two to three people [...]

Patrice Gordon, a Canadian nurse, feeds two year old Magdalene, an Ebola patient at the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Patrice Gordon, a Canadian nurse, feeds two year old Magdalene, an Ebola patient at the Red Cross treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Tonight, on a sticky and slightly humid evening in Freetown, Sierra Leone, I met Patrice, a nurse practitioner who has returned from working in the Red Cross Kenema Ebola treatment centre. Six weeks ago, she left her family, her job, and her 60 kilogram Great Pyrenees-Mastiff mix dog, to become part of a team that is combating a deadly disease that threatens the fabric of this and surrounding countries.

Patrice, a Canadian Red Cross volunteer, has responded to a number of disasters around the world and said this mission has been both the most remarkable and the most stressful. Red Cross workers in the Ebola treatment centres take extraordinary precautions in their work to ensure a safe environment. Before each shift in the high risk area…

Snow in Ardee, county Louth.

Snow in Ardee, county Louth.

Winterize your car and keep the fuel tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

Make sure to keep a small emergency supply kit in your car at all times.

Maintain home heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year, before winter.

If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 15 degrees Celsius.

During icy temperatures, sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter will help make walkways and steps less slippery.

15 Items to Include In Your Home Emergency Supply Kit…

8 Items for your Emergency Car Kit…

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Happy Holidays

Nearly ready for the big day? While you are finishing the last minute shopping, baking mince pies, organising carrots out for the reindeer, and decorating the tree, the Irish Red Cross has holiday safety tips to help keep the festive season safe, happy and bright.

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

In a remote village in southeast Guinea, a mother and her children are reunited with the husband and father they once feared they had lost to the Ebola virus disease.

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I am honoured to be invited to this Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact
of Nuclear Weapons, and to have this opportunity to share a little of my childhood
experience of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

As a 13-year-old schoolgirl I witnessed my city of Hiroshima blinded by the flash,
flattened by the hurricane like blast, burned in the heat of 4000 degrees Celsius
and contaminated by the radiation of one atomic bomb. A bright summer
morning turned to dark twilight with smoke and dust rising in the mushroom
cloud…

Irish Red Cross staff in Liberia + west Africa + Ebola

Melvin, one of the Safe and Dignified Burials team members, told me that his wife worries a lot and the risks of his job and that she prays every day for him to come home safely. He acknowledges her fears but believes that the risks are manageable and it’s a job that must be done.

“It’s about keeping people safe and healthy in my country. If we didn’t do this, more people would get sick. I feel a responsibility to do it.”

Like Patricia, Masa, 29, is relieved to be leaving the centre and looks forward to seeing her family, but the loss of her child, who was admitted to the centre with her, makes her return bittersweet. “My mother and father are waiting for me, but it is difficult to go back without my baby,” Masa explains.

Masa is not the only survivor to return to her home without a loved one. Zaina Bangura, 38, also from Freetown, entered the treatment centre with four of her five children. Her husband had already died at home from Ebola. Zaina nursed him during his illness, as well as their children, despite becoming sick herself. As Zaina prepares to return home, she will do so alone. Her four children died while at the treatment centre.

Zaina looks to the future with much uncertainty, but is determined to care for her one remaining child. “I used to sell cooked rice, but now I have no money to buy rice because my husband used to give me money. I want to start up a new business, but maybe people will not buy from me.”

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John* from Cloynes, county Monaghan, was shortlisted for 2014 national Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year after winning the regional heat for Ireland’s North-East. John came joint-runner up for the national title at the annual Irish Red Cross awards ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Friday, 14th November 2014.

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Nora Doherty from Doneraile, county Cork, has devoted 53 years of her life to caring for more than 10 members of her family and extended family. All of whom were sick or unable to care for themselves. Mrs Doherty, who is in her 80’s, now cares for her husband, also in his 80’s, who has hip knee and heart problems.