More than 10 countries and territories were directly affected as hurricanes Irma and María ravaged the Caribbean and later the coastal states in the U.S.

The IFRC’s Americas Regional Office works in support of 35 National Red Cross. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and its technical unit, it provides coordination, financial and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

Latest news from Americas

Red Cross volunteers and staff are once again on high alert across the Caribbean as Maria cuts a path of destruction.

21 September 2017

Dozens of Mexican Red Cross teams have been working through the night, searching for survivors.

21 September 2017

On Wednesday, the first aircraft carrying 21 tons of humanitarian aid sent by the IFRC arrived in Antigua to support families affected by Hurricane Irma.

15 September 2017

Mexican Red Cross has intensified their response mechanisms to support regions affected by the earthquake.

14 September 2017

The Colombian Red Cross is currently piloting the use of ovitraps in 5 departments in the country.

14 September 2017


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Ciudad del Saber, Clayton, Panama City, Panama
  • Director: Walter Cotte
  • Deputy Director: Jan Gelfand

Country cluster support teams

  • South Cone and Brazil Country Cluster: Alex Claudon
  • Andean Country Cluster: Michele Di Tomasso
  • Central America Country Cluster: Nelson Aly / El Salvador – Guatemala: Marissa Soberanis / Panama: Roxana Trigo
  • Latin Caribbean Country Cluster: Ines Brill
  • English speaker Caribbean: Josephine Shield

The Zika, dengue and chikungunya prevention toolkit is intended to be used with the Zika, dengue and chikungunya prevention modules. The toolkit features full-colour imagery, interactive formats and games material to teach all audiences according to the methodology suggested in the module guides.

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