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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Today I'm reflecting on the work of Red Cross, as it's World Red Cross Day, the work of Red Cross is still working strongly to support those in need. We are marking the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, despite encountering global challenges in conflict situations, the movement is in demand globally, I never kept it a secret I'm a huge fan of the work Hague does at the FCO supporting such movements. He did so again today indicating the positive work they do.

Red Cross is currently supporting refugees, those affected by recent conflict in Liberia and the Ivory Coast. The Ivorian Red Cross has created hospital centres, health care and kits for the people and attempts to reconnect refugees with families.

It's widely known of the work done on its specific programmes in Africa on sanitation and water. As I absorb the statistics, annually 230,000 lives of children die through lack of clean water with infectious diseases and diarrhoea in Ethiopia, only one aspect of the work of Red Cross.

The Red Cross Community based health programmes in Liberia are also to be praised since Liberia civil war, the charity has made great improvements to health through community involvement by distributing food and basic necessities.

From the humble beginnings The Red Cross was created in 1863, to address and support prevention of Humanitarian causes, now still strong, the British Red Cross supports widely overseas movements, on matters like HIV programmes; in South Africa since 1999, i'ts working to prevent HIV and TB, increasing development to support the South African Red Cross and supporting treatment, healthcare and well being including gender based violence issues. I value the work done, I hope they know we all do.

1 comment:

  1. Documentary - "Flush It" - investigates toilet history and proposes serious development in water provision for the developing world. The 2008 anniversary of the 1858 Great Stink, when levels of excrement "backed up" on the tidal Thames forcing parliament to adjourn up river, may seem a strange event to commemorate. Yet in the West, the grand plans that solved the stench mean we no longer worry about death from cholera and water-borne diseases.

    To watch please visit - http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/5499