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…
[The place names link to maps so that you can get a quick idea of the region.]
TAJIKISTAN: Red Crescent workers are helping construct a whole new village for 4,000 people who lost their homes to mudslides a few months ago.
Located at the foothilss of the Pamir mountains, Tajikistan is quite vulnerable to natural disasters – experiencing events such as earthquakes, mud and landslides, floods, droughts or cold waves up to 50 times per year.
THE MALDIVES: Speaking of building entire communities, check out this video from our colleague Eric Porterfield’s visit to the island the Red Cross rebuilt for tsunami survivors.
BURKINA FASO: In an area where half of all doctor visits are due to Malaria, the IFRC has stepped up mosquito net distribution – handing out 60,000 nets in just the first week of July.
BENIN, GHANA, and the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: An early warning system allowed IFRC workers to pre-position relief supplies in areas that would soon be flooded. That means more rapid distribution of aid for more than 13,000 people who have been affected.
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies