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World Disasters Report 2013
IFRC 2013

The responsible use of technology offers concrete ways to make humanitarian assistance more effective, efficient and accountable, according to this year’s World Disasters Report, with a focus on technology and the future of humanitarian action. Lack of access to information and technology is having a major impact on people’s ability to prepare for, survive and recover from disasters, according to the report. Written by more than 40 humanitarians and academics, the report shows how during the first critical hours after an emergency, most lives are saved by the people nearby. It also documents how some first responders don’t have access to basic life-saving information and tools, and acknowledges that access to these technologies is still deeply unequal.

Available in English; summaries in Arabic, French and Spanish

A guide to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
IFRC 2013

This guide was developed specifically to help National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and IFRC staff to integrate risk reduction measures more systematically into their planning. By describing in detail what key issues need to be considered and when, the guide aims at ensuring that risk reduction measures are taken into account in different sectors and contexts.

Available in English

Hateymalo accompaniment program
ICRC 2013

The Hateymalo program helps the families of missing persons cope with the ambiguity of their loss through the provision of psychological, socio-cultural, economic, and legal and administrative support. With support groups as the core of its multifaceted interventions, the project helps people discover new connections to move ahead in life and aims to restore the functionality of the families at the individual, community and family levels.

Available in English and Nepali

Nutrition guidelines
IFRC 2013

These guidelines are intended to complement existing IFRC health reference and training materials, such as the Epidemic Control for Volunteers and Community-Based Health and First Aid manuals and training materials. The guidelines are to be used for awareness-raising, capacity building and integration into National Society health, nutrition and food security programming.

Available in English

IFRC Plan of Action Climate Change
IFRC 2013

This Plan of Action has been developed to support IFRC work on climate change by providing overall directions and guidance on activities aimed at both climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Plan of Action is also intended to support a better dialogue with partners at all levels, in particular national governments, for both the IFRC Secretariat and National Societies.

Available in English

Physical rehabilitation programme: annual report 2012
ICRC 2013

Since 1979, the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation activities have diversified and expanded. By 2012, the ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme had provided support for more than 163 projects (centres) in 48 countries and one territory. According to this comprehensive report, the ICRC has provided more than 390,000 prostheses, 450,000 orthoses, 39,000 wheelchairs and 417,000 pairs of crutches, as well as physiotherapy and follow-up (repair and maintenance of devices).

Available in English and Frenc

Water and habitat
Public health engineering during armed conflict, 1983-2013
ICRC 2013

As the ICRC marks its 150 year anniversary, one unit within the organization celebrates its 30th anniversary with a richly illustrated photo book that shows the evolution of ICRC’s Water and Habitat Unit, or ‘WatHab’ since its creation in 1983. The book takes a look at recent ICRC history from a ‘WatHab’ perspective, recounts the growth and diversification of ICRC water and habitat services and recalls some of the unit’s achievements during conflicts of the past three decades.

Available in English and French in 2014



Health care in danger: The human cost
ICRC 2013

International humanitarian law demands that hospitals, ambulances and health-care workers must be protected and should never be targeted as they carry out their regular duties. This video shows how this is often far from the reality, documenting how, worldwide, the lack of safe access to health care is causing unnecessary suffering to millions of people.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish


First aid saves lives
IFRC 2013

This short animated video aims at supporting the Red Cross Red Crescent’s role as one of the world’s  leading first-aid educators and providers, and raises  awareness about the need to learn basic first-aid  techniques. Now available in Arabic, English, French  and Spanish — it is easily adapted to any language.  For more information, contact:

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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