Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What in the World, Wednesdays!

Welcome to What in the World, Wednesdays! In which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you. It's a non-comprehensive sampling of the larger and/or more intriguing aspects of our global work...
HAITI: Red Cross emergency response teams were quickly deployed to camps across Port-au-Prince when a severe and unexpected thunderstorm left thousands of families without tents and tarps.

PAKISTAN: The ICRC continues to assist thousands of people displaced by both the flooding and the fighting.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: Acting as a neutral intermediary, the ICRCfacilitated the handover to Congolese authorities of two pilots released in North Kivu.

COLOMBIA: Briseida Gonz├ílez saved an 11-year old girl's life after an anti-personnel mine accident in a remote village. The ICRC trains villagers like Gonz├ílez in first aid so that they might be able to deal with an emergency in the absence of a doctor or nurse.

WORLDWIDE: Do you know exceptional nurses or nursing aides who have worked in natural disasters or armed conflicts? Nominate them for the Florence Nightingale Medal.

ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies