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18 Jul 2018 description

The Americas Regional Office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Office announces the launch of a new tool for technicians, coordinators and volunteers that implement health projects within communities.

The animated video tutorial How do we build a baseline? 5 steps to apply the LQAS method illustrates the main steps to implement a baseline applying the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) method, presenting concrete examples from the Community Action on Zika Project.

18 Jul 2018 description

La Oficina Regional para las Américas de la Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (FICR) anuncia la publicación una nueva herramienta para técnicos, coordinadores y voluntarios que implementan proyectos de salud en las comunidades.

16 Jul 2018 description

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC

Democratic Republic of the Congo’s traditional leaders, the main influencers and keepers of ancestral customs, are the key to community safety and surveillance against the ongoing outbreak of Ebola.

In this context, heightened surveillance is undeniably the ultimate step leading to the adoption of safe practices and considerations. In most affected areas, engaging community leaders as key decision-makers has been essential to ensuring openness of communities and effective behaviour change.

12 Jul 2018 description

Ebola epidemics are unlike anything seen before: The virus spreads rapidly, the disease is infectious and has a high mortality rate, and often there are widespread rumors, misconceptions and misinformation about the disease and how to prevent it are widespread.

Psychosocial support is vital to ensure the well-being of the affected population, and also to counter-act the threats to public health and safety that fear, stigmatization and misconception poses.

11 Jul 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

There are an estimated 90,000 migrants in Ecuador; in January 2018, an average of 1,800 migrants arrived per day, and 180,000 migrants arrived in Ecuador between January and March 2018, compared to 230,000 arrivals in all of 2017.

11 Jul 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

From 21 September to 6 October 2017, a Zone of Inter-Tropical Convergence (ZIC), characterized by the entry of humidity from the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, caused Tropical Storm Nate to develop on 5 October 2017, which generated flooding throughout Costa Rica.

06 Jul 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 18 September 2017, heavy rains caused flooding in much of the country, especially in Guatemala's south-western regions. In Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu Departments, the floods damaged homes, crops and household goods, affecting 2,016 families according to local authorities.

05 Jul 2018 description

Our Message

While there is room for disagreement about migration policy, the humanitarian imperative means that we must never needlessly sacrifice the survival and dignity of any vulnerable people, including migrants.

04 Jul 2018 description

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC

On a sunny morning in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Loondo village in June 2018, a team of eight Red Cross volunteers arrived to perform a safe and dignified burial (SDB), following an alert received the previous day.

The atmosphere was particularly noisy and tense. A large crowd had gathered on both sides of the narrow road at the bereaved family’s main compound, to witness the burial.

03 Jul 2018 description

Description of the disaster

On the night of 18 to 19 June 2018, stormy rainfall of unprecedented intensity fell on the Côte d’Ivoire capital, Abidjan and many other cities. Following this heavy downpour, several neighbourhoods in Abidjan and in country towns including Tiassalé, Toulepleu, Sanpedro registered significant material and human damage caused by ensuing floods and accompanying landslides in some high-risk areas. These landslides occurred in mainly illegal settlements and Government is taking steps to relocate residents.

02 Jul 2018 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Keni was initially monitored over the Pacific waters as Tropical Disturbance 13F (TD13F) analyzed far West of Fiji on the 2nd of April. TD13F, later upgraded to a tropical cyclone category 1 as it moved East South East towards Fiji.