The IFRC’s Asia Pacific Regional Office works in support of 38 National Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and Country Offices, it provides coordination, financial  and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

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Photo: Ibrahim Mollik / IFRC This year COVID-19 reminded the world about the importance of handwashing, and that it is often the first line of defence against any form of bacteria or virus. Under the theme “Hand Hygiene For All”, Red Cross Red Crescent …

15 October 2020

In South Asia, more than 25 million people have been battling four crises in one year. Floods came as COVID-19 and climate change worsened poverty and loss of livelihoods. Thousands of villages have been submerged for months. In north Bangladesh, homes …

1 October 2020

By Farid Alam, 21-year-old resident of Kutupalong camp, whose parents fled Rakhine, Myanmar nearly 30 years ago. Farid is a Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer working alongside international Red Cross operations.   When I was born in Kutupalong camp, Ba …

1 October 2020

I’m an emergency doctor with years of experience yet dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in the Bangladesh camps is by far the biggest challenge I have ever faced. I live and work in the heart of the biggest camp for displaced people in the world. Where m …

30 September 2020

Ariuntuya meets with Mongolian Red Cross volunteer Surenkhorloo and IFRC’s Javzaa: Photo: Mongolia Red Cross Society Ariuntuya is no stranger to tragedy. Thirteen years ago, the 51-year-old lost both her legs in a car accident. She lost her much-loved …

28 September 2020
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Focus: Faces of Climate Change

Millions of people around the world are already suffering from the impacts of the climate crisis, with some 400 extreme weather events every year, about four times as many as in the 1970s. The impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are occurring earlier and more frequently than predicted, and most disasters in recent years have been climate-related. For more information, click here