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Nov 20, 2018

French Red Cross Report-November 2018

The French Red Cross thanks all the people who supported its action during the last month and year.

Please find below information about of our last activities:

 

 

Irma - 1 year: rebuilding and anticipating to be better prepared

A year ago, on the night of 5-6 September 2017, the extremely violent Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean, particularly Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy islands, causing considerable damage. After two months of exceptional mobilization to respond to the emergency, the French Red Cross has deployed its post-emergency and reconstruction activities in Saint Martin since November 2018, in particular by committing to long-term support for the most vulnerable populations affected by these disasters, but also to strengthen the capacities of its territorial actors.

 

Fighting Alzheimer's disease and relieving caregivers

Today, it is estimated that more than 850,000 people are affected by Alzheimer's disease in France. 1 out of every 2 patients is still unaware that he or she has the disease. Nearly 225,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. In response to this public health challenge, the French Red Cross has been developing for several years a specific support offer to promote the well-being of people with Alzheimer's disease and to take over from their families: the Alzheimer Relaxation Breakaway Centres (HRDA). This system allows carers to participate in recreational activities with their family member or, on the contrary, take the opportunity to escape for a few hours to sleep, have a coffee or meet friends.

 

Fostering the solidarity commitment of young people

The French Red Cross and the Ministry of National Education have signed a new multi-year partnership to promote student support. One of the major innovations of this convention is the official recognition of the Red Cross option, an experimental educational scheme that has been in place in the country since 2016. The French Red Cross regularly intervenes in schools, colleges and high schools on various subjects: raising awareness of humanitarian principles and values, combating discrimination and prejudice, improving the well-being and overall health of young people and raising awareness and training in first aid.

 

Flawless mobilization after the severe storms in the South of France

Severe storms struck the South of France in October, particularly in the Aude department, killing 13 people and leaving several thousand homeless. The equivalent of three months of rain fell in a few hours. From the very beginning, the teams of the Aude Red Cross and neighbouring departments (more than 300 volunteers in all) mobilised to carry out their missions of support and assistance to the populations, setting up reception and emergency accommodation centres for the many victims who had to leave their homes. The French Red Cross will provide long-term support to people who have lost everything by providing them with first aid: water, food, clothing.

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The French Red Cross, founded in 1864, is an independent charity working alongside governments and public authorities. As a key player in society, we provide humanitarian, health, social, welfare and training services. To help carry out our assignments we have a strong team of 18,000 employees and 56,000 volunteers, who on a daily basis, pursue consistent and unwavering charitable principles to provide local support and deliver tangible results and long-term solutions.

Aug 27, 2018

French Red Cross Report-August 2018

The French Red Cross thanks all the people who supported its action during the last month and year.

Please find below information about of our last activities:

 

The French Red Cross mobilized against Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has deployed a team with several Red Crescents Societies. The members of the Emergency Response Team sent by the French Red Cross are experienced Ebola crisis response professionals, especially since they were involved in the 2014 intervention to fight the Ebola outbreak in Guinea. The French Red Cross teams have been deployed in the Mbandaka region. Their mission consists of:

-          Monitor and actively search for cases and contact cases

-          Manage the cases, including the prevention and infection control measures

-          Communicate about the risks, the mobilization and the community engagement

-          Prepare and train the population to arrange dignified and safe funerals and to efficiently control infections at the community level

-          Psychosocial support

-          Coordinate all the involved actors

 

The president of the French Red-Cross inaugurated in the Haute-Loire department two services designed to support children and adults with autism spectrum disorders

The French Red-Cross develops new services to improve the involvement of people with autism spectrum disorders to the life of the city. Two support services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders have been inaugurated in July 2018, one mobile team for children and adults, and one teaching unit for kindergarten by the president of the French Red-Cross, Jean-Jacques ELEDJAM.

 

A summer to save lives, the summer 2018 challenge

This summer, the French Red-Cross volunteers mobilize to freely initiate adults and children to life-saving skills. The goal is to initiate 10 000 people within the summer. Different kind of initiations are offered :

-          Introduction to first-aid

-          Introduction to risk reduction

-          Introduction to first-aid for children

-          Introduction to first aid for people with disabilities

-          “Well-being and autonomy” for seniors.

 

The ESIRAS Project

The project aims at improving the employability and the professional and social insertion of the persons with recognized refugee status. This project is based on intensive learning of the French language, individual support and the organization of socio-cultural trips. Two teachers of French as a foreign language give lessons on a daily basis. Excursions are also organized alongside the classes in order to practice French and to tackle isolation.

 

The Childhood Garden, an eco-citizen project

What are the needs of a child? How can we respond collectively to it, as a professional, a parent, a citizen or, a politician?

The French Red Cross childcare center Ladybird, in Lyon city, sets up the project “Childhood Garden” to explores these questions. While infant care professions are overlooked and undervalued, the professionals mobilize to reaffirm their social and pedagogic missions, both innovative and revolutionary. The project also consists in cooperation between parents and neighborhoods. For instance, 3-year-old children grow a vegetable garden in the nursery courtyard alongside elderly groups from the next door retirement residence.

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The French Red Cross, founded in 1864, is an independent charity working alongside governments and public authorities. As a key player in society, we provide humanitarian, health, social, welfare and training services. To help carry out our assignments we have a strong team of 18,000 employees and 56,000 volunteers, who on a daily basis, pursue consistent and unwavering charitable principles to provide local support and deliver tangible results and long-term solutions.

May 29, 2018

French Red Cross Report

The French Red Cross thanks all the people who supported its action during the last month and year. Please find below information about of our last activities:

 

The French Red-Cross mobilized in Bangladesh

Since the end of August 2017, nearly 900 000 people have fled from Rakhine’s state (North Myanmar) as violence against them strike to take refuge in Bangladesh. Today, they have been distributed across thirty camps and makeshift shelters in Cox’s Bazar. Some Red-Cross national societies are present on site to provide food and water, medical care, sanitation solutions and shelters for victims. They also provide psychologic support and set up safe areas restricted to children and women in the camps. A field hospital with 60 beds has also been set up in October 2017.

 

Foot care services for homeless people

Each Sunday, a podiatry mobile team travels the streets of Paris to meet homeless people. The team moves around with a medically-equipped vehicle to provide foot care to patients by appointments. A survey conducted in 2015 came to this conclusion: more than 20% of homeless people suffer from cutaneous pathologies, a well-known reality for the Parisian mobile teams who have reacted andset up a mobile podiatry mobile team from 2012 on.

 

A Back-to-work program in an organic and fair market garden

The journey started 20 years ago, in the city of Quetigny, with the « Pré Vert » garden, located inthe French Red-Cross fight against Exclusion center in the Côte d’Or department. Accompanied by supervisors, reintegrated employees sow, grow and harvest vegetables and fruits all year long, which are then sold in the form of weekly organic baskets. The four-hectarefarm employs each year 25 new persons in situation of professional reintegration under assisted contract, most of the time on part-time and temporary contract.

 

2018 French Red Cross Health Report: « Childhood and Handicap »

For the third edition of its Health Report, the French Red-Cross chose to talk about disabled children aged between 0 and 12, to address the subject of early childhood, which is the cradle of an inclusive and participatory society. The French Red-Cross highlights the obstacles too often encountered by disabled children and their families, and shows their incredible energy and the daily actions undertaken by all the stakeholders. Throughout this Report, the French Red-Cross invites through its recommendations, all the actors to make a common commitment to a fairer society.

 

A Restoring Family Links mobile device

Every year, thousands of families are pulled appart by humanitarian crises, armed conflicts, natural or industrial disasters. For all these people who are victims of involuntary and brutal separation, the French Red-Cross ensures, since 1959, to re-establish and maintain the links between family members and to shed light on the fate of those who are missing. Since 2016, the French red-Cross has implemented a mobile Restoring Family Links team that meets migrants in the north of France, where the needs are particularly numerous.

 

The French Red Cross, founded in 1864, is an independent charity working alongside governments and public authorities. As a key player in society, we provide humanitarian, health, social, welfare and training services. To help carry out our assignments we have a strong team of 18,000 employees and 56,000 volunteers, who on a daily basis, pursue consistent and unwavering charitable principles to provide local support and deliver tangible results and long-term solutions.

 
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