East Africa: Red Cross raises the alarm over a “triple menace” of floods, COVID-19 and locusts

Nairobi/Geneva, 20 May 2020—A series of mutually exacerbating disasters is unfolding in East Africa, on a scale rarely seen in decades, warned the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Ongoing heavy rain—which has killed nearly 300 and displaced about 500,000 people—has slowed down operations aimed at controlling the worst locust crisis in decades and increased the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

Red Cross Red Crescent on the ground bracing for super cyclone Amphan

Geneva/Kuala Lumpur, 20 May 2020 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is preparing for a major humanitarian response as super cyclone Amphan heads across the Bay of Bengal towards Bangladesh, India and Myanmar.

Heavy rainfall, high winds and storm surges threaten Bangladesh’s and India’s coastlines. In Bangladesh, 14.2 million people live in the cyclone’s path, almost two thirds of whom are women and children. India’s Odisha State is making plans to evacuate 1.1 million people along its coastlines. While Myanmar is not in the cyclone’s direct path, heavy rain, strong winds and storm surges are also expected to affect northern parts of the country, including Rakhine state.

#BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola to Launch Coke Studio Sessions

Katy Perry, Bebe Rexha, DJ Khaled, Steve Aoki and More Kick Off 60 days of Live Music Streaming for Fans Around the World

ATLANTA, May 14[AG1] , 2020 – #BeApp, a new live music streaming platform, and Coca-Cola today announced the launch of Coke Studio Sessions, an exclusive collaboration featuring a diverse line-up of musical performances for fans to enjoy over 60 consecutive days. 

Live performances from more than 100 artists across the globe, including Katy Perry, Anitta, DJ Khaled, Bebe Rexha, Miguel, Cast of Hamilton and Steve Aoki will begin streaming today to refresh fans one virtual performance at a time and support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

International Nurses Day: Nurses deserve praise, thanks, protection amid COVID-19 

ICRC - Joint News Release
11 May 2020

Geneva – Nurses and other health care workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 deserve to be recognized and commended for their lifesaving efforts and personal sacrifices amid increased medical risk -- and in some places amid ostracization, harassment and attack. 

The International Council of Nurses and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are jointly celebrating International Nurses Day this May 12, to laud nurses around the globe, and in particular those managing an unprecedented workload by treating patients with COVID-19 while also maintaining other essential health services.

IFRC and Billion Dollar Boy set up global influencer network to tackle COVID-19 infodemic

By signing up, influencers can use their content and production expertise to get vital authentic messaging quickly and clearly to their millions of engaged followers - fighting the COVID-19 infodemic

Geneva, London and New York, 5 May 2020: Billion Dollar Boy, the creative agency for the influencer age, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are creating the world’s first global influencer network to tackle the COVID-19 infodemic.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 8 May  

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, 8th of May is celebrated every year as the birthday anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement, which has grown to become the largest international humanitarian movement with 191 Red Cross national societies around the world.

Today, on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, we recognize the incredible contribution and achievements of the millions of medical staff around the world who keep their commitment to humanity every day.

This year more than ever, we are proud of the work that thousands of colleagues and volunteers are doing around the world to provide assistance, protection and services to people in need. Today we all unite as a Movement,  and take a moment to clap for our heroes – colleagues and volunteers on the frontline of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also those who courageously provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in different hotspots around the world.

Covid-19: authorities must urgently plan ahead to ensure dead bodies are properly handled

ICRC - News Release No. 18
22 April 2020

Geneva (ICRC) – The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 could overwhelm local capacity to handle dead bodies properly, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned today. Officials can overcome this risk through proper preparation and planning so that the dignity of the deceased and surviving family is respected.

The failure to plan and prepare for mass casualties risks people being buried in mass graves, with few records and little understanding of who died and where the body was taken. The suffering of people not knowing where their loved ones are buried could be devastating.

“Mass fatality planning doesn’t mean there will be mass fatalities. But it’s imperative that plans are made and, if needed, carried out to help lower the pain that families and broader society feel in the face of a high death toll,” said Oran Finnegan, the head of the forensics unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross. “Undignified management of the dead is avoidable.” 

Libya: People caught between bullets, bombs and now COVID-19

ICRC - News Release No. 15
12 April 2020

Tunis (ICRC)—Hundreds of thousands of Libyans are caught in an intensifying conflict as COVID-19 threatens to spread and debilitate the country’s fragile health system. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) fears that the virus will compound the suffering of conflict-affected families, who are already struggling to meet basic needs, from shelter to food, water, and medical care.

“The Libyan health care system was struggling before COVID-19,” said Willem de Jonge, ICRC’s head of operations for Libya. “Today, some medical professionals who need to be trained on COVID-19 infection prevention protocols keep being called back to the frontlines to treat the injured. Clinics and hospitals are overwhelmed caring for war-wounded and those with chronic illnesses, so their capacity to receive COVID-19 patients is limited. They need more support and resources to face this challenge.”

Pacific Islands: Widespread damage reported as Cyclone Harold hammers Vanuatu and Fiji

Press release

Geneva/Kuala Lumpur/Suva, 8 April 2020 – As Cyclone Harold hammers Vanuatu and Fiji, initial reports show extensive damage across both island nations as the storm continues to sweep through the Pacific. 

Cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu on Monday night as a powerful category 5 storm - the strongest to hit the country since 2015’s devastating Cyclone Pam - bringing heavy rain, damaging storm surges and winds of up to 235 km/h. It then moved on to Fiji on Wednesday morning as a category 4, forcing more than 1,000 people to take shelter in evacuation centres.

Ms Jacqueline de Gaillande, Vanuatu Red Cross Society Secretary General, says while there have been no reports of fatalities, information is beginning to trickle out.

COVID-19: Authorities must protect health of detainees, staff and ultimately surrounding communities

ICRC - News Release No. 20/14
07 April 2020

Geneva (ICRC) – Detaining authorities around the world who have not yet taken measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 inside places of detention are urged to do so immediately to protect the health of detainees, staff and wider society. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross fears that places of detention may be hit hard by the pandemic as detainees are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. Clean water can be a luxury while soap, chlorine and other necessary equipment may not be available in many places of detention, particularly in low-income countries or those affected by conflict. Such facilities are often overcrowded, which prevents physical distancing. They may also lack ventilation and have insufficient health care, contributing to the easy transmission of infectious disease. 

“Prisons are not walled off from the world when it comes to disease transmission. Viruses can enter and leave a detention facility through family visits, detention staff, delivery personnel and detainees who enter or leave when newly sentenced or going to court. Detainee health must be protected, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also for the good of wider society,” Vincent Ballon, the head of ICRC’s detention unit.

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