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Photo gallery: kindness in a global crisis

Celebrating humanity and kindness in the COVID pandemic.

Red Cross and Red Crescent teams all over the world have been on the frontline of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re delivering food parcels, making welfare checks, running mobile health clinics, teaching handwashing and preventive measures, disinfecting schools and so much more.

From Cairns to Damascus to Manila and beyond, this photo essay is a celebration of the power of humanity, and of the kindness that will keep us together. To all those helping their communities through this continuing coronavirus pandemic, thank you for your dedication and your big humanitarian hearts.


Czech Red Cross trained thousands of volunteers to work in hospitals to take the pressure off a strained health system. Photo: Czech Red Cross



This team came up with a creative way to get the word out in rural Damascus. Their sign says: ‘With your help, we keep a safe distance that protects us all’. Photo: Syrian Arab Red Crescent



For some this pandemic means they now face a double disaster. In the Cox’s Bazar camp for displaced people, Red Cross and Red Crescent is providing cash support during COVID-19 to the most vulnerable. “We are going to buy some medicines and food,” says Rashid, who is blind. “We will buy some chicken roosters as well.” Photo: IFRC/Ibrahim Molli



Some of our team delivering supplies to families in Cairns who have been facing food insecurity. Photo: Australian Red Cross/Ronnie Burns


As the virus spikes for a second time in many European cities, Red Cross volunteers in Barcelona hit the streets to talk to young people as part of efforts to stop spread. Photo: Greg Beals/Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine



Red Cross has been providing food, hygiene kits and more to people affected by the economic slowdown, and stranded in Manila because of internal border closures. Photo: Philippine Red Cross



These Red Cross team members teach youngsters the right way to wash their hands in the city of Bukittinggi. Photo: IFRC/Indonesian Red Cross



Doctors at the Cox’s Bazar district hospital, which is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross, share an important message. Staff at the hospital have been working round the clock to support patients from local and displaced communities. Photo: ICRC


A Red Cross team member tends to seedlings being grown as part of a food security program. Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross



Red Cross teams have made thousands of welfare phone calls to people in quarantine and self-isolation from this call centre in Queensland. Photo: Australian Red Cross/Susan Cullinan



Red Cross teams helped with first aid and virus preventive measures during the country’s presidential elections in October. Photo: Seychelles Red Cross



 This local Red Crescent team provided health care support to people in their homes during a ‘stay at home’ phase. Photo: Palestine Red Crescent


Syrian Arab Red Crescent is helping keep school kids safe with disinfectant kits. Photo: Syrian Arab Red Crescent



Volunteers and staff have helped to disinfect buildings across the island: from schools and hospitals, to courthouses and police stations. Photo: IFRC/Sri Lanka Red Cross



Going door-to-door to show people how to stay safe. Red Cross teams are known and trusted in these remote communities that are cut off from the usual communications networks. Photo: IFRC/Timor-Leste Red Cross


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