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Cholera outbreak continues to worsen in Yemen

Yemen- cholera

As of Saturday,22nd July there are 384,719 suspected cases of Cholera and nearly 2000 associated deaths. Even more alarming, 600,000 people in Yemen are predicted to fall ill with cholera by the end of the year. That’s 1 in every 45 Yemenis. The Irish Red Cross continues to support the response, in trying to stem […]

Killed on their way to collect the bread

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Irish aid worker, Ciaran Cierans has been working with the International Committee if the Red Cross in Yemen since October 2016.  A seasoned aid worker of 12 years, Limerick man, Ciaran says the situation in Yemen is one of the ‘most challenging’ he has ever experienced. I am currently based in a city called Taiz, […]

Killed on their way to collect the bread contd..

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In this city of half a million people, we have to identify the most vulnerable families to help first. Prioritising families with disabled family members, vulnerable households with more than five family members, households with no source of income. The problem in Taiz is that every single person is vulnerable, nobody is earning an income, […]

Yemen’s Health Care system

The healthcare system is near total collapse and the staff who remain are overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation. Lack of fuel and supplies has forced many of hospitals to close. Clinics that are open are running low on medicine, equipment and fuel.     In theory, preventing cholera is very simple. For example, […]

The world’s single largest humanitarian crisis

Yemen is the world’s single largest humanitarian crisis. Over two years of intense conflict in Yemen have resulted in displacement and loss of income for millions of people, and put their coping strategies under severe pressure.  Decades of ongoing upheaval, drought and chronic impoverishment preceded the current situation in Yemen.   Yemen is currently experiencing […]

Tell us your story

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      Many of our Irish Red Cross Volunteers have stories to tell. Big or small, significant or trivial, individual or far-reaching. We’ve been thinking of ways you can share your stories with everyone, and we’re inviting you to share your best stories with us.    Simply click on the button below and follow […]

The devastation caused by flooding in Ireland

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  Aidan recalls the devastation caused by flooding in Ireland  Over the past decade, the words “heavy rainfall” and “flooding” are synonymous with Clonmel in County Tipperary and indeed other parts of the country. Aidan, who grew up in Clonmel recalls the devastation caused by flooding in Ireland.                […]

Reaching the 3 Million Missed


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 […]

Talking to the Bereaved – A Vital Step To Stop Ebola

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.”

The 7 Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross adapted for the Irish prison environment

RC1 Update

Humanity We show kindness, understanding and respect to everyone we talk to. Impartiality We don’t discriminate with a wide range of nationality, culture and different crimes, we treat everyone the same. Neutrality We don’t take sides in any issues or arguments. Independence Independent from Irish Prison Service but follows their rules. Volunteer service We don’t […]