Walter Cotte | International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc The website of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:35:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Colombian Red Cross supports 260,000 people on border with Venezuela https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2018/02/23/260-thousand-people-benefited-colombian-red-cross-work-border-area/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:53:43 +0000 http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/?p=42375 Colombia Red Cross has deployed 800 volunteers, who are working to meet the humanitarian requirements on the border with Venezuela.

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To meet the growing demand for humanitarian requirements on the Colombo – Venezuelan border, the Colombian Red Cross has developed a plan that includes health, psychosocial support, temporary shelter, food security and reestablishment of family links activities. So far, the Colombian Red Cross has benefited more than 260,000 people and about 800 volunteers are working to meet the humanitarian requirements on the border.

As part of the actions carried out, the Transitional Migrant Assistance Center has been established in the city of Cúcuta. With capacity for 240 people this center has the necessary conditions for the immediate attention of the people who require it. Additionally, it has medical and volunteer staff 24 hours a day, in order to attend any eventuality that may arise.

“In the face of the situation that exists in the border with Venezuela, it is essential for institutions such as the Colombian Red Cross to assume a participatory role in initiatives that, like the Migrant Assistance Center, allows us to contribute in a positive way to prevent and alleviate human suffering in all circumstances,” said the National President of the Colombian Red Cross, Dr. Judith Carvajal de Álvarez, in a visit to the border the past weekend.

Dr. Francisco Moreno Carrillo, Executive Director of the Colombian Red Cross; Mr. Javier González, delegate in Colombia of the German Red Cross; the Americas Regional Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Walter Cotte Witingan and Dr. Carlos Iván Márquez, director of the National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) also participated in this visit.

“The work that is being developed in this migrant care center is of great importance to ensure the well-being and health of people who have decided to leave their places of origin. As a Red Cross it is our duty to provide care to all those in need, without making any difference. The situation on this border requires the coordinated work of various agencies and that is what we saw in this visit”, commented Walter Cotte, IFRC’s regional director for the Americas.

Some relevant figures:

  • 800 volunteers work to meet the humanitarian requirements in the border.
  • 230,000 people have received health care, psychosocial support, temporary shelter, food security and reestablishment of family links.
  • 585 people benefited through the Humanitarian Attention System for Return, agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 133 people benefited by the Transitory Migrant Care Center.

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Caribbean Red Cross societies prepare for impact of Hurricane Irma https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2017/09/06/37242/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:42:12 +0000 http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/?p=37242 Red Cross societies across the Caribbean are preparing for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irma, the second category-5 storm to hit the region in recent weeks.

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Red Cross societies across the Caribbean are preparing for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irma, the second category-5 storm to hit the region in recent weeks. Volunteers have been mobilized across the region to take preparedness messages into communities, and relief supplies are on standby in Panama and the Dominican Republic.

Walter Cotte, IFRC Regional Director for the Americas, said the current forecast is causing concern, and that societies were anticipating significant needs on a number of islands. “We are preparing to respond to needs as they arise,” he said. “We are especially worried that Irma could affect areas already suffering with the effects of severe rainfall in past months.”

In readiness, the IFRC has released 120,000 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to ensure volunteers and staff in Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis are prepared to respond. Further allocations may be made when the impact of the storm is known.

“One of the main challenges is going to be logistical, given the isolation of some the islands. We need to ensure a reliable channel for relief efforts in the aftermath of the hurricane,” Cotte said.

LIVE: our Director for Disaster and Crisis Management, Pascale Meige, gives us an update on Hurricane Irma, which is battering the Caribbean as we speak.Send us your questions as comments to this post.

Geplaatst door International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies op Woensdag 6 september 2017

Pascale Meige, IFRC Director for Disaster and Crisis Management, gave an update on preparations for Hurricane Irma on Facebook Live.

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