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Afghanistan: Treating trauma and the wounds of war in Helmand

Nurse Zahra checks on a patient
Sixty year-old Nazo stands at the bedside of his grandson Rahmatullah, 19, who was badly injured by a roadside bomb in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. Rahmatullah lost both of his legs in the blast, and...

Refugee children in Greece visit the dentist for the first time

Refugee Children in Greece learn about dental hygiene
Though Syria had a good dentistry service before its civil war broke out, many children who have escaped since 2011 have never had the chance to have appointments to see an oral health specialist, so the team’s visits were the first chance for them...

Disease surveillance key to controlling outbreak of Lassa in Nigeria

Lassa Outbreak Nigeria by WHO
As an epidemiologist with 20 years of experience working in some of the most challenging places in the world, I have seen my fair share of desperate situations, but the scale of suffering in north-eastern Nigeria is unprecedented. Millions of...

No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.

Turkey -  No dreamer is ever too small
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey with a population of 1.7 million; the city is host to more than 200 000 refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis. Many of them are children. The European Union funds the school transport for about 20 000 Syrian...

Champion of camp community says goodbye in Greece

Red Cross Volunteer Saleh
Two hours. After a year living at Nea Kavala camp, that was all the time Saleh had to throw everything into a bag and give hugs and goodbyes to his friends and fellow Hellenic Red Cross volunteers before rushing off to catch the bus. He will be...

Yemen: Battling a worsening Cholera outbreak

Cholera Yemen outbreak EU response
The latest outbreak, affecting 19 of the country’s 22 governorates, has killed at least 315 people—prompting authorities in Yemen to declare a state of emergency. Since April 27, almost 30 000 suspected cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea...

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century
The situation has a direct impact on the water level of the dams - throughout the country dam levels are below 50% of capacity. Although a staggering 141 of Cuba’s 168 municipalities have been affected, Central and Eastern Cuba have been hit...

In South Sudan, a mother strives for her child's survival

Malnutrition Juba
It was around 10 a.m. on a July morning in a village near Juba when Helen started seeing and feeling bullets whizz by her head. She had just finished having tea and was now tending to the children’s laundry.  Immediately, she ducked down and ran...

Keeping children safe in disaster-prone Kyrgyzstan

The EU has been funding disaster preparedness initiatives across the country to mitigate this risk, especially in the education system, as school children are extremely vulnerable to earthquakes.
"Last year, we had a quite strong earthquake here," says Dinara Nuralieva, director at the school. "It taught us a lesson. There was panic, both among children and adults. We managed to evacuate the school, but it did not happen in an orderly way,...

Myanmar/Burma: Protecting children in Rakhine State

Saw Myat Thu works as facilitator in a child friendly space for children from different communities. “We need to focus more on peace messages so that adolescents can contribute to peace building”, she says.
At the age of 20, Saw Myat Thu knew exactly where her passion lay. Having failed the matriculation examination twice, the young girl became a teaching assistant at an early childhood development centre in the northern Rakhine township of Maungdaw,...