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Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

This Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up is courtesy of Kate Swartz, MPH, from Cross Blog: Award-winning Red Cross news and views from Oregon and beyond

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday 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: In response to some of the worst floods on record, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) deployed volunteers trained to operate water treatment plants, pump accumulated water, and turn it into safe drinkable water. They have so far reached over 127,000 people with 638,700 litres of safe drinking water. Over 39,000 water purification tablets or sachets have been distributed to more than 6,200 people.

PHILIPPINES: Two years after two typhoons devastated the island of Luzon, the IFRC and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has ensured that more than 3,500 displaced individuals have homes. The PRC has installed 21 communal water supply points, and constructed or rehabilitated water and sanitation facilities for 30 schools that were affected by the typhoons.

NEPAL: Red Cross National Societies from three countries have joined emergency relief efforts to bring aid and medical care to the survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck the Himalayan region bordering north India and Nepal on September 18.

TUNISIA: The ICRC is helping to meet the needs of people fleeing the conflict in Libya and of the local population. Work is under way that will result in a considerable increase in the volume of water supplied to some 100,000 people.


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