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The World AIDS Day animation “The Rise and Fall of Angry Aids” details how the treatment and prevention of HIV has progressed from the point of view of an angry AIDS character.

Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

The number of asylum seekers has decreased significantly. As reception centres are being closed, the Finnish Red Cross is focusing on developing the quality of the services provided, which has also lead to significant financial savings. An example of this is moving from canteens to independent meals.

Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

Next year the Finnish Red Cross will distribute 60,000 kilograms of food in Finland as EU aid. In addition to the aid from the EU, the Rauma branch also distributes leftover school meals and unsold products from grocery stores to those in need.

 Pawel Krzysiek

Health care services in Syria have all but collapsed, and help is needed urgently. To this end the Finnish Red Cross is challenging everyone to participate in the Hunger Day Collection, to be held on 15–17 September.

Kaisa Rautiainen / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish Red Cross opened a new Kontti Second Hand Department Store in Itäkeskus, in Helsinki, on 4 August. Even though the weather was rainy, the opening attracted a large crowd of Helsinki citizens.

Mirva Helenius / Finnish Red Cross

The Amiri family, from Afghanistan, fled war and death, but were separated on the way. With help from the Red Cross tracing, the father and the eldest son were able to contact each other, but the mother and the youngest child are still missing.

Stefan Bremer / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish parliament will cast their final vote on the government’s motion on the stricter conditions of family reunification. A total of 17 non-governmental organisations are appealing to the MPs to abandon these cruel and short-sighted new conditions. The organisations include refugee organisations, human rights groups and children’s rights organisations.

Aapo Huhta

In Somaliland, the Red Crescent clinic workers know that the drought reduces malaria but increases eye infections and the risk of epidemics.

Teemu Ullgrén / Suomen Punainen Risti

The start of the “Summer Rubber” sexual health campaign and the festival season were celebrated at the traditional YleXPop event in Lahti on Saturday. This year, the event also featured a sexual health kiosk that provides the opportunity to pass a condom skills test or to ask any sex-related questions.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Suomen Punainen Risti

The asylum seekers living in Vantaa wanted to help Finnish people in return, and so they signed up as volunteers for the Finnish Red Cross. This friend group, jointly formed by the local branches in Tikkurila, Western Vantaa and Korso, visits an assisted living facility every week.

Emil Helotie

The drought has destroyed entire crops in parts of Swaziland. A cash donation helps people get through the worst times.

Two massive earthquakes struck Nepal a year ago. Almost 9,000 people died and nearly a million buildings were destroyed. Over five million people suffered from the consequences of the earthquake. The Red Cross has been there since the start of the disaster.

Aapo Huhta

Water distributed by the Red Crescent saves lives in drought-stricken Somaliland.

Maria Santto

More than half the patients at Red Cross clinic are children.

Niklas Meltio

Co-operation commenced a year ago between the Red Cross and Land Rover is producing results in the poorest country of Central Asia

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Tatu Blomqvist

Hunger Day donations can be made until the end of October, which is why the final result will be certain only in November.

Jussi Vierimaa

How can you help the people living in the reception centres?

Kimmo Holopainen

Funds are collected to the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Choose your preferred channel to join in - you´ll find the instructions on this page.

Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC

The number of asylum seekers coming to Finland has grown to reach a new record. The number of underage asylum seekers requiring special protection has also increased significantly. The Finnish Red Cross will open new reception centres in collaboration with the Finnish Immigration Service.

Emil Helotie

Despite the radical cuts to development cooperation, the Finnish Red Cross will continue to help those who are the most vulnerable there where the need for aid is the greatest. The organisation asks the government not to further weaken the chain of aid by decreasing humanitarian aid.

Niklas Meltio

July is often the busiest time for Voluntary Rescue Service, i.e. Vapepa, to search for missing persons, as the number of those who get lost or go missing increases during summertime. This summer, Vapepa is using a new search method which helps setting search missions in motion more quickly than before.

Jussi Tuokkola

First aid, preventive substance abuse work and HIV/AIDS work volunteers go around dozens of summer events to discuss issues and offer help.

Teemu Ullgrén

Late May Finnish Red Cross opened an Emergency Response Teddy Clinic in connection with the annual World Village Festival, celebrating multiculturalism in downtown Helsinki.

Everyone has the right to get help. A person might need help at home or in the street, and the need for help is almost always sudden. During the Red Cross Week between 4th and 10th of May, the Red Cross emphasises the first aid skills of young people, in particular.

Suomen Punainen Risti

As migration increases, the number of missing persons has also increased in Europe. The national Red Cross organisations look for missing family members throughout Europe.

Petteri Kivimäki

The Finnish Red Cross conducted an election survey for the leaders of the parliamentary parties in January. The leaders were grilled about their stances on supporting family caregivers and receiving quota refugees, for example.

Leena Koskela

In the international first aid group, language is not a barrier for learning important skills. The goal of the multicultural group is to get to offer aid in different events next autumn.

Tatu Blomqvist

The men’s group, organised for asylum seekers, discusses sports, cultures, and gets to know the Finnish way of life in the process.

Jarkko Mikkonen

The media and the organisations must prove their reliability every day. This is forced by the increased flood of information and propaganda, as well as the increasingly difficult aid work. This is how Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, summarised the reality in the seminar organised on 25 February in Helsinki.

Mikko Kuivalainen

The Board of the Finnish Red Cross has chosen a new Director of Communications to succeed the retiring Hannu-Pekka Laiho.

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Katherine Mueller / IFRC

The International Red Cross is in the process of setting up an isolation clinic to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The Finnish Red Cross is currently recruiting aid workers to work at the clinic.

IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross will contribute EUR 100,000 from its Disaster Relief Fund to the aid operation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

PRCS/IFRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) strongly condemns the shelling of the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza.

A video made by the Finnish Red Cross provides insight into the work of the Red Cross Society in Ukraine. The video was made at the request of the Ukraine Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Joe Cropp / IFRC

The increasing number of people fleeing their home in northern Iraq is adding greater pressure to already crowded shelters. The Red Crescent estimates that there are more than 400,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq, where the water resources, scarce before the latest crisis, are dwindling in the current heat wave.

IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross has received numerous questions about how best to help the afflicted people in both in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. At the moment, the most efficient way to get help to those in need is via the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The collected funds are used for emergency relief and acquisition of materials for people who have lost their homes.

IFRC

The devastating floods in the Balkans make people in Finland want to help. Last weekend, Bosnians and Serbs living in Finland started small-scale collections and a bigger collection effort is planned for the end of this week.

Tatu Blomqvist

Motherhood is in no danger of becoming less common in the Central American state of Honduras. Many girls become pregnant when they are teenagers and typically have several children. The Red Cross visits rural villages and offers information on contraception and infectious diseases, encouraging women to give birth at the health centre rather than at home.

Mikko Vähäniitty

At the end of April 2014, a new camp for Syrian refugees opened in Azraq, Jordan. The Finnish Red Cross is part of a joint aid operation that has built a hospital for the displaced people who are to occupy the camp.

Mirva Helenius

Guadalupe village in the Philippines is alive with the pounding of hammers and the buzz of saws. Here, in the northern reaches of Panay Island, new houses are being built, with the support of the Finnish Red Cross, to replace those destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

Mirva Helenius

Micaelle Macabinquili, a young Filipino mother, gives a gentle push to her baby girl, babbling happily in a swing. Rainne Micaelle was the first baby born at the Finnish Red Cross health clinic in Balangiga in November, after Typhoon Haiyan.

Panu Saaristo

Two aid workers from the Finnish Red Cross are involved in an operation to halt the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Healthcare adviser Tiina Saarikoski is working in Liberia, while nurse Leena Railimo-Saares is stationed in Guinea. The operation aims to get the Ebola virus under control.

Mstyslav Chernov, Ukrainen Punainen Risti, IFRC

In March 2014, the Foreign Ministry granted the Finnish Red Cross €500,000 towards their aid operation in Ukraine.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

Nearly half the population of Syria, some nine million people, are in urgent need of aid.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

In the three years since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the situation has developed into a humanitarian disaster of appalling dimensions.

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