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Ebola: Battling fear and stigma

Fear, especially when coupled with poor knowledge about how to prevent the disease, and lack of resources to set up protective measures, can lead to panic and to stigmatization of those who have been in contact with the sick or have been handling dead bodies.

Haiyan volunteers learn how to unwind after the typhoon

Photo: Stephen Ryan, Irish Red Cross

A psychosocial support (PSS) programme developed by mental health experts from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been adapted to support hundreds of hardworking volunteers who were among those mobilized when Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, struck the islands of the Visayas in the Philippines. By Kate Marshall,…

Vacancy: Strong psychosocial support advisor (expired)

Strong psychosocial support advisor with psychosocial crisis management experience and good facilitation skills for global centre of excellence Please note that this vacancy has expired The purpose of the position at The International Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support as Technical Adviser is to strengthen technical support to National Societies, the Zone, Regional Offices and…

Supporting volunteers in Central African Republic

“I am amazed to see how the volunteers persist in working under extremely difficult conditions and under extreme heat that exceeds 40 degrees Celsius during the day. Generally, all over the world, Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers are involved in responding to destructive events. In most places, the volunteers do their thing, and get to…

Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance

Call for participants: Learning from shared experience in humanitarian assistance A pilot distance learning project to research how humanitarian workers learn and improve The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) invites you to join an online course open to all humanitarian staff and volunteers who have deployed in at least one… Read more »