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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Sukmuang Tippadoe, 92, lives alone in his home in Huai Ping Village in Thailand’s northern province of Lamphun. Apart from a recurring skin rash, he says he’s trying to stay healthy to avoid going to the doctors.

5 March 2019

Three-year-old Mohammed Sofit lies on the cold bare earth inside his family home. For the last 24 hours he has been suffering from chicken pox – an all too familiar ailment in the sprawling Kutapalong camp, built into steep hillsides close to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

27 February 2019

As the measles outbreak in the Philippines claims more lives, a massive social mobilization is underway, working among those who are most vulnerable to try and ward off a threatened explosion in the highly infectious disease.

25 February 2019
DPRK Red Cross volunteers irrigate fields during the 2018 heatwave.

News that food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 2018 was at its lowest point for a decade is raising fears that many vulnerable groups – children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, older people and people with underlyin …

25 February 2019

On the night of 20 February 2019, a massive fire which began either from a gas cylinder or a transformer blast razed Churihatta, Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined by local authorities, yet the incident was considered the third biggest fire in history, causing over 60 deaths and numerous injuries according to the media. The fire engulfed neighboring buildings including a community center. It took 37 fire-fighting units 15 hours to douse the flames.

25 February 2019
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Focus: World First Aid Day 2017

On 9 September 2017, the world marks World First Aid Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of first aid knowledge and skills to save lives, and to advocate for these to be accessible to everyone. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s leading first aid provider. For more than 100 years, first aid has been one of the principal services provided by Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff to injured people.

This year, Prudence Foundation in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), will launch its regional SAFE STEPS First Aid campaign.

Learn more here