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19 Jul 2016 description


Cover story

Bright ideas, local solutions

As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.

Phones, drones and beyond

09 Sep 2011 description

This report covers the period January to July 2011

In brief

Programme outcome: To further strengthen National Societies to deliver appropriate and timely disaster and crises preparedness, response and recovery assistance to vulnerable people.

10 Aug 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2010

Programme Summary:

The first six months of 2010 were characterized by two major earthquake events in Haiti and Chile that required a massive response effort, leveraging the full range of the Movement's disaster response resources, as well as its global coordination and technical assistance capacities. The response operations both demonstrated IFRC's capacity to scale up quickly through the deployment of a focused and flexible global surge capacity.

15 Dec 2009 description

Today, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Thomson Reuters Foundation announce the launch of a new multimedia web documentary - "Surviving the Tsunami: Stories of Hope" - produced jointly to mark the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami - recognised as the worst natural disaster in living memory.

Combining powerful imagery by award-winning Reuters photojournalists with eyewitness testimony from four people whose lives were dramatically changed by the tsunami, the documentary reveals the strength of the human spirit in the …

09 Dec 2009 description


Five years ago, on 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Millions of people around the world watched in horror as the aftermath of the biggest single natural disaster in living memory unfolded on their television screens.

15 Dec 2008 description


Four years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, some of the most important aspects of recovery are the least visible. The Red Cross Red Crescent programmes support communities in rebuilding their lives now and coping with future threats - natural disasters, the effects of climate change, outbreaks of disease, conflict or the rapid rise in the cost of food and fuel.

When livelihoods are secure, children are educated, safe water is plentiful, healthcare is accessible and houses are sturdy, then people are less exposed to future shocks.

07 Apr 2008 description

Psychosocial support is a major component of most emergency operations conducted by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide, since healing the psychological wounds of victims is as important as addressing their physical injuries and material losses. Red Cross and Red Crescent societies can rely on the International Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support to assist them in helping communities to overcome the trauma associated with any disaster or conflict.

29 Jun 2007 description

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

About this report

This report presents the results of the cumulative and collective effort of the International Federation and its members in supporting the recovery of communities affected by the December 2004 tsunami.

25 Aug 2005 description

1. Health and Care

Progress on known and planned health and care projects of partner national societies operational in Indonesia:

20 May 2005 description

The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

Revised Preliminary Appeal No. 28/2004; Operations Update no. 55; Period covered: 28 April to 18 May 2005; Appeal coverage: 48.7%


26 Mar 2005 description

It is essential that communities devastated by the tsunami three months ago are at the heart of decisions that affect their long-term recovery and rehabilitation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest community-based humanitarian network, said today.

"Programmes implemented without the consultation of affected communities are doomed to fail," underlined Federation Secretary General Markku Niskala.

05 Jan 2005 description

Long-term Red Cross and Red Crescent assistance to Asian communities devastated by the tsunami on 26 December will amount to more than 650 million Swiss francs (€ 419 million or US$ 556 million), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced today

23 Jul 2002 description

This Programme Update is intended for reporting on Annual Appeals.
Appeal Target: CHF 3,500,000

Period covered: April - June 2002; Next report expected in October

"At a Glance"

Appeal coverage: 40.8%

Related Appeals: N/A

Outstanding needs: CHF 2.2 million

Operational Developments

Within the reporting period, the Federation continued pursuing its goal of enabling the capability to respond quickly, effectively and efficiently to disasters while guaranteeing a line of credit for new emergencies.