Emergencies can be on any scale, affecting a single household or a local community, causing disruption at a national or even global level. Emergencies are defined as life threatening situations which put people at risk of death or severe deterioration in their health status or living conditions, and which have the potential to outstrip the normal coping capacity of the individual, family, community and state support systems.
In line with its humanitarian mandate the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been heavily involved in the improvement of the health of the population in general and that of the most vulnerable in particular.
The purpose of this policy is to outline how National Societies and the Federation secretariat work with each other to strengthen the programmes and the overall capacity of National Societies. It builds on the experience gained since 1990 in working with the Principles and Rules for Development Cooperation and is guided by the overall objective of working effectively as a Federation, one of the key underlying concepts of the International Federation’s strategic planning.
In the aftermath of the devastating Tropical Cyclone Mora, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and the IFRC wish to support 50,000 of the most vulnerable affected people with water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; shelter, food security; livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction including early warnings.
The Sudanese Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are supporting South Sudanese refugees who have ed con ict and famine in their country. An appeal has been launched to fund interventions in health, water, sanitation, hygiene, and emergency shelter.