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The global health and care
strategy 2006-2010
International Federation, 2007

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies play a unique role for health at the global, regional, national and community levels. Volunteers are engaged throughout the world in responding to the most important and urgent health challenges. This strategy outlines six strategic directions to integrate and scale up activities for health: capacity building; social mobilization; partnerships; health in emergencies; advocacy; and community empowerment.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Guidelines for cash transfer programming
International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement, 2007

Cash or vouchers can be useful where people have lost jobs or economic production opportunities due to disaster or conflict. But how do you design fair programmes that deal with nomadic people, polygamous families, the risk of theft and inflation, and people who do not read or write? This joint publication by the ICRC and the International Federation contains analysis, guidance sheets and checklists for distributing cash or vouchers.

Available in English.

Supporting communities to rebuild in Sri Lanka
International Federation, 2007

This case study shows how the Spanish Red Cross worked with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in Kalutara district to build 68 houses for families who lost their homes in the Indian Ocean tsunami. How did they deal with issues such as beneficiary selection, land ownership, house design, provisions for water supply and rubbish management, community involvement and the impact on the environment and other residents? This case study answers key questions and describes the lessons learned.

Available in English.

National Society Self- Assessment
2000–2006 Report
International Federation, 2007

The goal of self-assessment is to ensure quality and consistency in Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ actions across the world by identifying strengths and weaknesses, committing to change and prioritizing actions that align with global goals. This report gives baseline information and analysis of National Society capacity.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Emblems of humanity
ICRC, 2007

Part of a two poster set (A1), this poster is designed to increase awareness among the Movement’s staff and volunteers at all levels of the role and importance of the emblems. It also recalls the importance of the fundamental principles of unity and universality in the work carried out by the different components of the Movement.

Available in English and French.

Three emblems, one Movement,
serving humanity
ICRC, 2007

This is a comprehensive brochure providing detailed information on the origin of all the emblems, their protective use in wartime and their indicative use in peacetime. An updated version of a previous brochure entitled The Emblem. It specifies the institutions entitled to use it and gives examples of misuse or lack of respect for the emblems.

Available in English and French.

Missing Persons – A hidden tragedy
ICRC, 2007

People have gone missing as long as men have been fighting wars. The plight of people missing in armed conflict and the suffering of their families has been a consistent concern to the ICRC. This specially commissioned report, written by an independent journalist, turns the spotlight onto the plight of missing persons and their families.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Sfr 20.

International Review of the Red Cross, 2007
No 865: Humanitarian actors
ICRC, 2007

Multiple humanitarian actors with different objectives, principles and modi operandi intervene in situations of armed conflict and internal violence in order to alleviate the plight of the victims. The diversity of actors and approaches can help to alleviate suffering if they manage to act in a complementary fashion, on the basis of their respective operational abilities. This edition explores the distinctive characteristics of the diverse actors and the need to build and nurture an effective partnership among them.

Available in English. See:

International Federation materials are available from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. for the Federation

  ICRC materials are available from the International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland. for the ICRC

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