Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Worldwide Wednesdays

Welcome to  Worldwide 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...
NEW ZEALAND: When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near the east coast of the South Island over the weekend, New Zealand Red Cross emergency management teams sprung into action - providing first aid, shelter and relief supplies.

KYGYSTAN: Almost four months after the violent clashes that shook southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, the ICRC is still hard at work in Osh and the surrounding area.

PAKISTAN: Five weeks after floods first struck Pakistan at the end of July – and with millions of people still in need – Pascal Cuttat, head of the ICRC delegation in Islamabad, talks about current priorities and some of the ongoing challenges to the relief effort.

KENYA: To promote pandemic preparedness, the Kenya Red Cross Society sent out teams of outreach volunteers to demonstrate effective hygiene and sneeze techniques.

PHILIPPINES: The ICRC is helping conflict-affected people in Central Mindanao earn a livingagain.

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