Future disasters will only be mitigated with increased focus on emergency preparedness and building the skills of local communities, the UN and Oxfam have said.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has thanked RedR's corporate, institutional and individual supporters for their ongoing commitment to building the skills of local aid workers, helping to save lives in countries affected by disasters.
RedR Vice President and long-term supporter, Michael Bear, has received a knighthood in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.
Communications and Fundraising Director, Anne Durrant, recently travelled to Khartoum and Nyala, Darfur, to ensure vital security skills are reaching as many people as possible. She describes some of the challenges aid organisations and their staff face in the field.
Of all the hurdles faced by aid organisations after a major natural catastrophe, performing emergency surgery in the middle of a disaster zone must be amongst the toughest. But, with a bit of ingenuity, humanitarian engineers can help make a real difference, writes RedR Member Paul Jawor.