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03 Dec 2009 description

450 deaths a day is still too many - stalled momentum puts millions more children at risk

ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The Measles Initiative announced today that measles deaths worldwide fell by 78% between 2000 and 2008, from an estimated 733 000 in 2000 to 164 000 in 2008. However, global immunization experts warn of a resurgence in measles deaths if vaccination efforts are not sustained.

All regions, with the exception of one, have achieved the United Nations goal of reducing measles mortality by 90% from 2000 to 2010, two years ahead of target.

06 Dec 2006 description
report American Red Cross

American Red Cross supports International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's relief efforts in the Horn of Africa

Karen Louise Boothe , Special to RedCross.org

A humanitarian response is building to support hundreds of thousands affected by floods that are ravaging the Horn of Africa, affecting people living in major geographical areas of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Conditions Worsen

The Horn of Africa is experiencing torrential rains that are causing widespread flooding. A regional drought in the spring of this year left parched land susceptible to devastating floods.

14 Nov 2006 description
report American Red Cross

Susannah Cernojevich , Special to RedCross.org

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - Besides a network of more than 97 million volunteers throughout the world, one of the most important ingredients of success of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement) is its system of warehouses.

13 Nov 2006 description
report American Red Cross

Monday, November 13, 2006 - OITU, Ethiopia - With barely any rainfall during the year, Ethiopia usually does not even receive enough water for the daily needs of its people. Receiving less than 1,500 mm (approximately 59 inches) of rainfall annually, the dry season is especially difficult for the most vulnerable in the population - women, children and the sick.

An American Red Cross delegation-including its Chairman Bonnie McElveen-Hunter-recently traveled to the small village of Oitu in southwestern Ethiopia, where the American Red Cross funds water projects.

18 Oct 2006 description
report American Red Cross

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - In a country where severe droughts are the norm, rains should have been a blessing. Tragically, this year's unprecedented floods in Ethiopia killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands more.

The flooding has affected about 363,000 people, with an estimated 145,000 displaced in seven of the country's nine regions. Ethiopia's northern Amhara region was the worst-hit in the nation with 97,000 people affected, 37,000 of whom have lost their homes.

04 Nov 2003 description
report American Red Cross

Andrei Neacsu , Special to RedCross.org
"Today is measles vaccination day!" With his voice booming through a megaphone, Lufthansa's message travels far and wide over the city of Woliso in Ethiopia. "All children between six months and 14 years of age must come to the Red Cross post for immunization!"

18 Jun 2001 description
report American Red Cross

Written by Stephanie Kriner, Staff Writer, RedCross.org