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Sharon Reader, British Red Cross beneficiary communications delegate, reports on new approaches to tackling cholera in Sierra Leone:
It’s easy to persuade people to wash their hands and drink clean water when the spectre of cholera is looming. It’s not so easy when there is no scary disease waiting to strike. Be honest, do you always wash your hands before you eat?
15 November 2012
The Red Cross has launched a ‘999’-style emergency hotline in Sierra Leone ahead of elections on 17 November and is ready to respond should any civil unrest occur.
Members of the public, anywhere in the country, can report any crisis through the Sierra Leone Red Cross hotline, such as a flood or cholera outbreak, as well as incidents of civil unrest. The hotline, which is the first of its kind in the country, is supported by the British Red Cross with funding provided by BT.
Two months ago the British Red Cross sent an emergency team to respond to an outbreak of cholera in Sierra Leone. Now, the number of new cholera cases is rapidly reducing.
It’s a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood, but through the power of film the British Red Cross is tackling the deadly cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone.
A mobile cinema will be visiting those communities worst affected by the cholera outbreak over the next five weeks, making sure they understand how cholera is spread and how to protect themselves. The deadly disease has already killed 254 people and affected 16,000 more.
23 August 2012
A British Red Cross emergency team is heading to Sierra Leone to help tackle a deadly cholera epidemic.
The disease, which has already infected more than 10,000 people and killed more than 170, is spreading rapidly throughout the country.
The British Red Cross team of experts in hygiene promotion and sanitation will work with the global Red Cross movement to halt the worrying rise in the number of people affected by the water-borne infection, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and can kill within hours if left untreated.
By Sarah Oughton
Ten years on from the end of Sierra Leone’s civil war, a fragile peace still holds. But, with tensions rising in the run up to presidential elections, there is still a long way to go.
Every year, people celebrate International Women’s Day in wildly different ways: some organise a meal with friends; others rally thousands together for a cause. On the first International Women’s Day 101 years ago there were rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland campaigning for women’s rights to education, the vote, and to equal pay.
However you celebrate this International Women’s Day, it’s important to reflect on which issues of inequality still remain – especially in developing nations where women’s human rights may not be adequately protected by the law.