Disaster Reponse Red Cross Archive

Case study | Mapping vulnerability

World Disaster Report 2013

People have been using maps to understand the world around them for thousands of years, but advances in technology are leading to much more detailed, sophisticated images that can shed new light on the risks facing individual communities. With support from the American Red Cross, the Uganda Red Cross has started using Geographic Information Systems […]

“I don’t think people on the outside have any idea about what we are up against”

A Red Crescent ambulance pictured in Homs where Red Crescent volunteer teams provide first aid on the spot, evacuate the wounded and transport them for medical care. Pic: Ibrahim Mall/SARC

A Red Crescent ambulance pictured in Homs where Red Crescent volunteer teams provide first aid on the spot, evacuate the wounded and transport them for medical care. Pic: Ibrahim Mall/SARC

“The situation facing our staff and volunteers is the most difficult and dangerous in our history,” said Dr Attar, President of SARC. “Every day our teams are out there trying to help those caught up in the violence as much as they can. Our volunteers are seeing death, terrible injuries and destruction of entire neighbourhoods on a daily basis and it’s clear we need more support from outside, both in terms of resources, but also in terms of moral support and solidarity.

Mariatu Kamara is a Beacon Of Hope and Resilience for Women

Mariatu Kamara photographed by Nick Danziger

Mariatu Kamara photographed by Nick Danziger

Despite suffering a horrific and violent attack aged just 12 years old, Mariatu Kamara has become a beacon of hope and resilience for women around the world. A native of Sierra Leone now living in Canada, Mariatu is one of the women featured in the Women and War photography exhibition currently on show in the […]

5 on Friday – Do more than you thought possible

Meet the Irish Red Cross Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team and read about their dramatic rescue of a woman trapped in a disused mine.

Meet the Irish Red Cross Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team and read about their dramatic rescue of a woman trapped in a disused mine.

May 13th – 19th is National Volunteer Week 2013, to celebrate the Irish Red Cross is sharing real life experiences from volunteers around the country and encouraging more people to get involved with their local Red Cross. For more information about how you can get involved with the Irish Red Cross in your community, see www.redcross.ie/get-involved or […]

Woman Rescued from Disused Mineshaft

"It was a very urgent rescue and time was of the essence,"

"It was a very urgent rescue and time was of the essence,"

On May 5th, a woman in her 50’s was out hiking with friends on Sligo’s iconic Ben Bulben when she fell into a disused mine shaft and plunged 10 meters into waist high icy water.  She was unharmed but trapped and unable to swim.  She clung on to the side of the mine shaft whilst […]

Turning up the volume on the ‘most exposed’ silent disaster of 2012

At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy tore a path through the Caribbean before landing on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The storm caused hundreds of deaths and destroyed homes, farms and livelihoods in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Recovery is likely to cost billions of dollars. Hurricane […]

Viet Nam: Forging partnerships to combat rise in hand, food and mouth disease infections

Dinh Thi Mai (36) and daughter Le Thi Thanh Thanh (1.5), Hoa Phu Commune, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang Province

Dinh Thi Mai (36) and daughter Le Thi Thanh Thanh (1.5), Hoa Phu Commune, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang Province

Since 2011, Viet Nam has been facing an unprecedented rise in hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) infections. A common viral illness spread through bodily contact and poor hygiene, HFMD typically affects infants and children under the age of five years, particularly those under three. Even though the disease is known for causing mild illness […]

Cambodia: promoting preparedness in communities where floods are inevitable

The Mekong River Basin lies at the heart of Southeast Asia, and serves as a vital resource to over 70 million people in the region. But in 2011, heavy rains in Cambodia caused the river to overflow to dangerous levels, affecting 18 of the country’s 24 provinces, and leaving 1.2 million people in need of […]

Lesotho: Cares of the carers in crisis-hit southern Africa

Malikhang Matsoakeletse, HBC care facilitator facilitator, Ha Konote village.

Malikhang Matsoakeletse, HBC care facilitator facilitator, Ha Konote village.

Ask Red Cross volunteer Malikhang Matsoakeletse what troubles Lesotho’s foothill villages and she will take you to her clients: the hungry and lonely elderly, the struggling mothers, the orphaned children, those with HIV, and the impoverished grandparents caring for their children’s children. On the morning we met her, Malikhang’s rounds took us to the home […]

Floods bring additional challenges to vulnerable communities in Ecuador

Ecuador Red Cross

The city of Chone in Manibi Province was strongly affected by the intense rains. Residents from the sector were evacuated with the help of the Ecuadorian Red Cross. Ecuadorian Red Cross.

Heavy rain is not a new phenomenon in Andean region of South America. But despite the serious disruption the rains often cause to the lives and livelihoods of thousands, their ‘regularity’ means they’re often under-reported or fail to capture greater public attention. In early 2012 Ecuador was hit by a series of intense storms causing […]