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Beyond Ebola: From dignified response to dignified recovery, and the case for universal health access
IFRC 2015

For the past year, the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa has forced us all to rethink how we should respond to health emergencies, according to this new IFRC report. Unless the lessons learnt in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are put into universal practice, the virus disease will be back. The perilous state of health systems in countries not long emerged from conflict, along with community distrust — of institutions and agencies — prolonged the suffering and loss of life. The lesson, therefore, is that communities themselves have to be engaged and prepared if the disease is to be eradicated. Ebola stops when the public at large understand it and know how people can be protected. Engaging communities and their local leaders is essential to achieving lasting health impacts.

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Bled dry: How war in the Middle East is bringing the region’s water supplies to breaking point. An ICRC report
ICRC 2015

Even without recent droughts and ongoing conflicts, many Middle Eastern states would be struggling to meet the basic water needs of growing urban populations and the demand from rising food production. This report reveals how the conflicts in Syria and in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as the aftermath of conflict in Lebanon and nearly three decades of war and sanctions in Iraq, have helped push the region’s water resources and delivery systems close to breaking point. The report also outlines a series of concrete solutions towards addressing this complex long-term problem.

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Red Cross Red Crescent Reference Centres 2015
Contributing to the impact of the global Red Cross Red Crescent Movement
IFRC 2015

Since the early 1990s, the IFRC has supported the development of 12 specialized Reference Centres hosted in National Societies across the globe. Working in close coordination with the IFRC secretariat, the Reference Centres are part of an inclusive and collaborative network designed to provide technical assistance, information sharing, research and advocacy to the Movement. By aggregating research, innovation and best practices, the centres have elevated the quality of the tools and guidance employed to save lives and build stronger communities. This brochure offers a brief snapshot of the range of services each centre provides.

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Discover the ICRC
ICRC 2015

This comprehensive update of the widely used 2005 brochure provides an overview of ICRC operations as well as its approaches to the new challenges facing humanitarian action in the 21st century. The brochure also helps readers discover the ICRC through the eyes of five people — beneficiaries, staff and partners — who give their personal stories of how they themselves discovered what the ICRC, its people and its mission are all about.

Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Russian

A harmonized approach to community health
Cambodia: A case study
IFRC 2015

Recovering from decades of conflict, Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest countries where access to safe water and basic sanitation remains a major challenge. Flooding, drought, diarrhoea and vector-borne diseases, such as dengue and malaria, pose significant health risks to communities, particularly in rural areas where health clinics can be difficult to access. In 2010, the Cambodian Red Cross Society started implementing a community-based health and first-aid approach to scale up their work in supporting communities in disease prevention, disaster preparedness and general health-related awareness and knowledge. This case study illustrates how water and sanitation activities have been successfully harmonized by the provincial Kratie branch of the Cambodian Red Cross with existing health structures, materials and resources already available at the community level in 48 villages.

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Rapid Assessment for Markets: Guidelines

In today’s economies, people’s livelihoods depend to a significant extent on markets: farmers sell their produce to consumers, retailers or wholesalers; craftspeople produce various goods and sell them to consumers, retailers or wholesalers; households buy essential commodities from a range of retailers; and so forth. Sudden shocks such as disasters and conflict can severely limit the functioning of market systems and marketplaces and can, consequently, have a strong negative impact on people’s capacity to access commodities that are essential for their lives and livelihoods. This brochure serves as a guide for understanding these dynamics so that interventions aimed at improving livelihoods and economic security are more effective and sustainable.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish


Red Cross and Red Crescent, restoring family links
ICRC 2015

Discover in this simple and short animation how the ICRC’s family links website helps to reestablish contact between families separated by conflicts, disasters or migration.

Available at the ICRC website in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish


An anatomy of destruction
Explosive weapons in populated areas
ICRC 2015

Increasingly, explosive weapons designed for warfare on open battlefields are being used in towns and cities. As this short, simple and clear animation shows, the effects on civilians are often devastating, even when these weapons are aimed at legitimate military targets.

Available at the ICRC website in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish


A day in the life of our volunteers
IFRC 2015

On World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, 8 May, the IFRC asked volunteers from around the world to post photos of what they were doing on that day. More than 3,000 photos were submitted from 110 countries. This short video represents a small selection. The video was made by Soja films, a production company made up of volunteers with the Swedish Red Cross.

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