Safety and prevention are at the heart of a new partnership agreement signed today, 30 November 2018, between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and AirAsia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At the signing ceremony with AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Riad Asmat and a dozen safety and emergency response staff from the Malaysia-based low-cost airline, IFRC Asia Pacific Director Xavier Castellanos paid tribute to both organisations’ values.

“This new partnership with AirAsia focuses on safety, care, respect, dignity and collaboration.

“Prevention and safety are the core of this agreement, which will facilitate emergency drills, readiness to response, first aid and psychosocial support, training on life-saving and psychosocial support skills for AirAsia personnel,” said Mr Castellanos.

The agreement paves the way for collaboration between the airline and 20 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Asia Pacific.

“Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have a network of local branches, volunteers, staff and leaders with advanced expertise in managing emergencies and expanding life saving skills and safety capabilities. Auxiliary to the public authorities, these National Societies are also the partners of choice in emergency management, first aid and safety at large, without discrimination and along our fundamental principles that include humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.”

Beyond emergencies, the area where IFRC and its members provide the highest added value and consistent life-saving contribution lies with our work on disaster preparedness and safety. In the DNA of the Red Cross and Red Crescent is the imperative to build a culture of prevention and safety as part of a global commitment to the One Billion Coalition, whereby one billion people by 2025 will become more resilient in the face of crises, disasters and adversity.