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.

Latest news from Asia Pacific

By Robert Kaufman, Head of Philippines Country Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  Imagine getting hit by six typhoons during a deadly pandemic. For millions of people in the Philippines, this is their reality as …

27 January 2021

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women reminds us that for tens of millions of women and children around the world, ‘home’ is a place of fear and violence. Evidence suggests COVID-19 is making things worse. We cannot wait for t …

25 January 2021

Mongolia is facing one of the most extreme winters on record, with temperatures forecast to plummet to lows of -50C for days on end. This has triggered the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to release emergency funds …

21 January 2021

Photos by Fadza Ishak/IFRC and Malaysian Red Crescent Society. Continuous torrential rain in eastern and southern peninsula Malaysia has caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding hundreds of communities and towns. The Malaysian Red Crescent worked a …

15 January 2021

On 17 December 2020, Tropical Cyclone Yasa roared across Fiji as a Category 5 storm, packing wind gusts of up to 345 kilometres an hour and 3m storm surges. It is estimated that more than 90,000 people were affected , particularly on the second largest …

24 December 2020
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Regional Director: Alexander Matheou

Deputy Regional Director: Gwen Pang a.i

Heads of Country Cluster Delegations:

  • China, Beijing: Gwendolyn Pang
  • India, Delhi: Udaya Kumar Regmi
  • Thailand, Bangkok: Kathryn Clarkson
  • Indonesia and Timor-Leste, Jakarta: Jan Gelfand
  • Pacific, Suva: Katie Greenwood

Heads of Country Delegations:

  • Afghanistan, Kabul: Necephor Mghendi
  • Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar: Sanjeev Kumar Kafley
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Pierre Kremer
  • Myanmar: Joy Singhal
  • Nepal: Azmat Ulla
  • Papua New Guinea: Ghulam Muhammad Awan
  • Pakistan: Peter Ophoff (Piwi)
  • Philippines: Paula Fitzgerald, a.i.

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