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Red Cross makes Covid plans for Tuvalu

Spokesperson Milikini Failautusi said disinformation has been an issue and her team is working on a plan to tackle the issue for the new year.

"A lot of misconceptions and fears about the covid because people, via social media, were able to get the wrong information, they were able to get the misleading information from the internet."

She said the spread of the virus has been rapid, all of the 50 actively engaged Red Cross volunteers in Funafuti who are on the frontline - have had Covid-19 according to RNZ Pacific.


Tonga Red Cross tackles triple disaster - Covid-19, volcanic fallout, tsunami

It's first serious outbreak of Covid-19 that has forced the Government to extend a State of Emergency and impose a series of lockdowns.

The strict Covid measures have severely impacted the work of government and relief agencies and their ability to distribute relief. Tonga Red Cross has been forced to pare back operations for several weeks, relying on skeleton staff and a core group of volunteers to do essential “contactless” distributions.

Digicel sets-up donations platform for Tonga

Digicel Tonga CEO, Anthony Seuseu, said; “This donation platform will help our diaspora and Pacific family to make donations simply and make a difference with much required relief efforts in the island. We wanted our wider family to take part in this important campaign so we have launched a text donation platform and the MyCash app donation mainly for the diaspora community.”

Digicel will match a dollar for every dollar donated by our customers for up to TOP$250,000 with all donations going directly to the Red Cross Tonga and Mordi Trust, both are local NGOs.

Red Cross calls for urgent help for PNG after record COVID surge

Concerted international action is necessary to help Papua New Guinea (PNG) deal with a record surge in COVID-19 cases that is overwhelming the country’s health system, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said.

The latest wave of COVID-19 has seen PNG report the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The country reported 376 new cases on Saturday and is dealing with nearly 3,000 active cases of the disease, according to the latest government data.

Tonga Red Cross receives assistance from Digicel in preparation for cyclone season

Digicel Tonga’s Head of Business Solutions, Tony Siamomua presented a cheque to TRCS Treasurer Aloma Johansson.

Tonga Red Cross Society’s Secretary General Sione Taumoefolau said the donation will go towards the operation of TRC during the cyclone season and any emergency in the future. "Communication is an important part of Tonga Red Cross’ operation especially in times of emergency."

"It’ll be helpful especially for providing support and assistance to the most vulnerable people in Tonga,” Taumoefolau said.

The cyclone season in Tonga is from November to April.

Nine families in Tonga’s Nukunukumotu reside in tents after TC Harold

The Tonga Red Cross confirmed this after providing the families with tents after distributing relief packages in the island.

The organisation has confirmed that they carried out briefed assessment before the tents were approved.

It was reported that the houses of the affected families were severely damaged by the category 5 cyclone.

The families will be residing in the temporary tents until they receive assistance from the government.


Tonga Red Cross distributes relief items to more than 100 households in Eua

This is part of their response to the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold.

In a latest statement, the organization expressed appreciation for their volunteers who put in the extra effort to make the distributions successful.

The First Aid Bystanders in Eua Island have successfully helped transfer patients case to the Navy boat to be taken to Tongatapu, since the wharf at Eua has been damaged by TC Harold.

Afghan conflict: Red Cross forced to scale down

Two ICRC offices will close and a third will see operations scaled down.

The ICRC country head said the "painful decision" meant people in the north would no longer get help they needed.

She stressed the Red Cross would not leave Afghanistan, but said the organisation had to limit the risks faced by its staff.

Many other humanitarian organisations have pulled out of Afghanistan in recent years as Taliban and so-called Islamic State militants have stepped up attacks.

Suspected chemical attack in Mosul, Red Cross says

The patients, who are being treated in hospital in nearby Irbil, are "showing clinical symptoms consistent with an exposure to a blistering chemical agent," said Robert Mardini, the organization's regional director for the Middle East.

The five children, three women and four men have symptoms that include blisters, coughing, redness in the eyes, irritation, and vomiting.

Louisiana flood: Worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy

"Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now," said Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross' vice president of disaster services operations and logistics.