Institution: IFRC

World Malaria Day 2017

Bridging the critical gaps Almost half the world’s population is at risk of malaria, and 1.2 billion are at high risk. In high risk areas, more than one malaria case occurs per 1,000 population. This year, World Malaria Day focuses on closing the critical gaps in prevention coverage particularly in sub-Saharan Africa which bears 90 per cent of the global malaria burden. Here, an estimated 43 per cent of people at risk of malaria in the region have no access to basic preventative options such as bed nets and insecticide spray. Life-saving, preventive approaches such as insecticide treated nets, spraying indoors and providing preventive treatment for pregnant women and children under five have helped avert more than 663 million malaria cases since 2001. Insecticide-treated nets have had the greatest impact, accounting for over tw0-thirds of prevented malaria cases. However, an estimated 278 million people in Africa still live in households without a single insecticide treated net. The IFRC works to rapidly and equitably scale-up malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment at community level. Through its network of volunteers, the reach of health services is extended to bring prevention, diagnosis, care and treatment closer to the most vulnerable people around the world. The first line of protection is the household. With more than 24,000 Red Cross Red Crescent community-based volunteers engaged in malaria prevention and control activities worldwide, volunteers reach millions of households in the most vulnerable...

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Global High-level Movement Conference on Nuclear Weapons in Nagasaki

Distinguished guests, Red Cross Red Crescent friends and colleagues, 1. On behalf of the Japanese Red Cross Society, as the co-host of the meeting with ICRC, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all. 2. I am so pleased that, finally, this important conference is being held here in Nagasaki in this important year. My heartfelt thanks to you all for your participation. 3. First and foremost, I hope that you are all able to benefit from the charm of Nagasaki City over the next couple of days. It is a true fusion of East and West. From the mid-seventeenth to mid-nineteenth century, Japanese citizens were not allowed by the then government to have direct contact with the rest of the world. However, even during this period of isolation, Nagasaki was allowed to be open to the world as the exclusive place in Japan for international trade. As Nagasaki was able to enlighten the rest of Japan with its rich and unique experiences, so to let this Conference inspire us all. 4. But sadly, Nagasaki is not only known for its trading past and beautiful landscapes, it is also remembered for the event that took place over seventy years ago. When the people of Nagasaki experienced the worst consequences of nuclear weapons, the outcomes of which were both indiscriminate and horrific. This was not a...

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High Level Meeting on Famine and Fragility Response and Prevention, Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Washington D.C

Thank you very much Madam Chair. Despite the shrinking humanitarian space that we already have alluded to, Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers and National Societies are already there on the ground accompanying the affected people. Unfortunately, too often and way too often, we pay the ultimate price by doing so and too many are dying in the line of duty. Hardly a week passes by today where I don’t have to sign a condolence letter somewhere deploring the loss of humanitarian workers. So we really call, and we strongly call, for the protection of humanitarian workers. It is not an act of courage to measure the number of people we lose in the line of duty. It does not show how courageous we are and how close we are to the communities. And that loss is totally unacceptable. My second point is that large crises always hide multiple deprivations. I remember when we were working in the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, we were doing things such as safe and dignified burials. Ebola killed 11,500 people, our teams buried 52,000 people in the same period. Now here again, famine kills, no doubt about it, and it is totally unacceptable. But already our community surveillance is showing us that rates of measles are increasing and malaria is already starting to kill people before the malaria season. So now is the...

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High Level Round Table on the Role of National Stakeholders in the Implementation of the New Way of Working

Thank you moderator, good morning distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. In places where the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and 17 million volunteers live and work, there is often no doctor or leader, there is sometimes no government structure; yet, that is exactly in those places where needs are greatest and where we are needed more than ever before. People living in those places do not have many options. If I use the Integrated Phase Classification, they are either in stress or in crisis or in emergency. Yet, they wake up every morning, developing coping mechanisms and keeping hope. The existing mechanisms are unfortunately being stretched to the maximum. We are there throughout those challenges to accompany affected people to respond to their needs, and recover what is most important to them, namely their human dignity. They need peace, they need health, they want to keep their livelihood and their ways of life, and they want the best for their children and not to see most of them die before celebrating their 5th birthday. We are there alongside those true local actors, namely the local community to accompany them in the long term, across the blurring lines between humanitarian response, development response and resilience building. We welcome the New Way of Working and call for greater support to local actors and local communities. We hope the New...

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Protected: Rights of Migrants in Action

While many migrants succeed in establishing themselves in their new communities, some others face abuse and discrimination; this is a primary concern for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).. Rights of migrants in action, a 42-month project co-funded by the European Union, aims to promote and protect the human rights of migrants in targeted countries, migration corridors and regions through a globally coordinated civil society action, with a specific focus on migrant workers and victims of human trafficking. The project offers a unique interface for civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the field of migration. It aims to foster the exchange of good practices, strengthen migration-related expertise among a network of CSOs and enhance the ground for cohesive actions. The project is being implemented in 15 countries (Benin, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Thailand and Zimbabwe) with the following objectives: Foster harmonized and coordinated approach to CSOs toward the protection of human rights of migrants, in particular with regard to migrant domestic workers and victims of human trafficking. Enhance migrants’ access to social services in targeted countries and the provision of services through small-scale CSO projects. Building and strengthening CSOs’ capacities to support the improvement of migrants’ human rights, in particular with regard to migrant domestic workers and...

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About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.