Welcome to the Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up, 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…
PAKISTAN: The worst flooding since 1929 has left more than 1,400 people dead and 2.5 million temporarily displaced. So far, the Pakistan Red Crescent has provided thousands of people with food packs, relief items and tents from its prepositioned supplies. The American Red Cross has committed an initial $100,000 to support their ongoing relief efforts targeted at the most vulnerable populations, including women and children.
ASIA: The number of dengue cases is rising at an alarming rate. Across Asia, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have stepped up dengue awareness campaigns to assist health authorities and to prevent further spread of the disease.
IRAQ: The ICRC continues to carry out a wide range of health care activities in Iraq, from emergency services to limb-refitting and physical rehabilitation.
NIGER: The Red Cross Society of Niger is distributing food to help thousands of vulnerable families affected by the recent drought, and providing seeds to ensure a better harvest next year.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies