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World Disasters Report
IFRC, 2011

This year’s World Disasters Report focuses on the growing crisis of hunger and malnutrition. Small farmers who produce half the world’s food are among the almost 1 billion people who go to bed hungry every night. Millions of children suffer the irreversible effects of undernutrition. Increasing food insecurity weakens people’s resilience to disasters and disease, and people everywhere are experiencing increasing volatility of food prices.
This report analyses the causes and impacts of such vulnerability at community, national and international levels — both during and after emergencies, as well as from a longer-term perspective. It examines the challenges of the globalized nature of food-related vulnerabilities, and the need for a cross-disciplinary approach. What political action is needed to reform a failing global food system that is unlikely to provide sufficient food for a population projected to rise to 9 billion by 2050?

Available in English. Summaries in Arabic, French and Spanish.


Protecting Civilians and Humanitarian Action Through an Effective Arms Trade Treaty
ICRC, 2011

As long as weapons are too easily available, serious violations of international humanitarian law will be more likely and the provision of humanitarian assistance endangered. States, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and civil society all have a role to play in promoting public awareness of the human cost of poorly regulated arms transfers. All states are encouraged to adopt a strong and comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty so that transfers of conventional arms and ammunition are not authorized if there is a clear risk that the arms will be used to commit serious violations of IHL.

Available in Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Health care in danger: making the case
ICRC, 2011

This brochure draws attention to one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today: violence against health-care providers and those seeking medical assistance. Attacking health-care structures and personnel, and ambulances – as well as deliberately obstructing the efforts of the wounded to find help – are common features of conflicts throughout the world. The ICRC has also produced a brochure, Health care in danger: a harsh reality, and a series of posters, which make the powerful point that many people in conflict zones die not due to weapons wounds, but due to secondary causes (lack of medicine, blocked roads, damaged health facilities, or absence of health staff, etc.).

Available in Arabic, English and French


Drought in the Horn of Africa – Preventing the next disaster
IFRC, 2011

The way governments and humanitarian organizations have been approaching food insecurity in the Horn of Africa needs to change. According to this 22-page advocacy report, governments, donors and humanitarians must take a more integrated, longer-term approach and invest in solutions that address the chronic underlying causes of famine. Emergency assistance is critical to saving lives. At the same time, all actors must work together to build up the resilience of communities through locally owned solutions (small-scale farming and livelihoods development) along with reforms to stabilize food prices and other actions.

Available in Arabic, English and French.


Restoring Links Between Dispersed Family Members
ICRC, 2011

This revised leaflet provides a concise summary of the problem of families split up by war and describes methods used to restore family links, reunite separated families and ascertain the status of detainees and missing persons.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.


Violence and the use of force
ICRC, 2011

The line separating disturbances and tensions from armed conflict can sometimes be blurred and the only way to categorize specific situations is by examining each individual case. The way these situations are categorized can have direct consequences both for the armed forces and civil authorities and for the victims of the violence. It determines which rules apply and the protection they provide is established in greater or lesser detail according to the legal situation.

Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and
Spanish. Sfr. 2



IFRC Pakistan flood operation: 1 year on
Four videos from the IFRC

The floods that inundated large swaths of Pakistan during July and August 2010 also destroyed sanitation and sewage systems, contaminated water sources, left millions of people homeless, caused long-term emotional scars and had a devastating effect on people’s sources of income. These four videos describe the flood’s effects and the IFRC’s efforts to provide relief and foster recovery. The videos focus on water and sanitation, the shelter programme in Sindh, psychosocial support and livelihoods.

Available in English.


Health-care void in western Côte d’Ivoire
ICRC film, 2011

Entire villages have been destroyed and health-care centres looted in western Côte d’Ivoire. As an uneasy calm settles, thousands of refugees and internally displaced people are starting to return home. ICRC mobile clinics provide the only health care for many villages in the area.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

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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