As has been widely reported, the American Red Cross has recently received criticism for a water safety poster we produced. Anyone who has seen the poster in question knows that the content is clearly unacceptable, and I want to sincerely apologize for its production and distribution.
"An MSF assisted cholera treatment center in Mandera, Kenya". June 03, 2016 - Photo credit : @unfpaken Mandera's double whammy, the concurrent ou...
Mother's Day is also a time for mothers to reflect on their children. Phyllis Cohn was a successful writer and public relations professional with the Red Cross in Los Angeles. When her son, Drew, enlisted in the United States Navy, Phyllis had mixed emotions.
By William Delaney, Harvard Class of 2019 For years conflict in Syria has raged and escalated, with no indication that fighting will cease any time i...
Notwithstanding two Presidential disaster declarations, the national media has paid little attention to these disasters -- so one might think there's not much of a story here. But there is.
Currently two different countries are mourning. But some among us are standing with one and ignoring and normalizing the other. This phenomenon was also found when the attacks in Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris took place in November.
As I look back on the year that was, I remain more grateful than ever to lead this American treasure. It continues to be an incredible privilege for me to serve with so many dedicated and caring individuals -- as we work to provide comfort and relief to those facing disaster and emergency.
I hate giving blood. They stick the needle in, it hurts. They twist the syringe before sucking the blood out, it burns. They pull the needle out, it...
Zahara Ali, 9, cooks breakfast in a rural village in Dubti Woreda, Afar Region, Ethiopia. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2015/Bindra By Stephen O'Brien, António...
Nearly a thousand times a day, fire departments across the country respond to home fires. Tragically, an average of seven people die each day from home fires, and 36 more are injured. The worst part of it is that most home fires, deaths and injuries, are preventable.
When and how did the Red Cross join the transitional shelter and housing construction party? They would probably claim that's part and parcel of disaster relief work. But by what method did they take in $488 million for Haiti earthquake relief and wind up building six houses in five years?
Another deep cry, followed by a shrug. The world is at war, at war, at war. But it only hurts them, the helpless ones, the anonymous poor, who absorb the bombs and bullets, who bury their children, who flee their broken countries.
Working from over more than 300 emergency response vehicles, Red Cross volunteers visited heavily damaged communities and neighborhoods, delivering food, blankets, health care, emotional support and critical relief supplies. But our work didn't end there.
Europe has quickly become a tinderbox, tense and volatile without leadership and consensus, burdened by struggling economies made worse by the demands of millions of refugees seeking opportunity.
Nancy Brinker's determination to fulfill her promise to her dying sister to do something about breast cancer has changed the world. The passion, determination and persistence of women like Brinker have spawned new organizations, fought diseases, and led to the world being a better place for all.
I will continue to pray and keep watch over those who have been hit. I've already seen acquaintances and high school classmates who have sent video and pictures of their damaged homes and neighborhoods, the roads crumbled as though it had taken a direct hit from Thor's hammer.