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
This is a disaster displacement crisis unlike many others. Six months after a series of deadly earthquakes, with the worst on 5 August 2018, nearly half a million people in west, north and east Lombok are staying in small shelters they have cobbled together from plastic, tarpaulins or materials salvaged from their nearby damaged or destroyed houses.
Most people working in the camps in Cox’s Bazar call it the “rubber garden”. For displaced communities living there, the “rubber garden”, or Red Cross Red Crescent emergency field hospital is where they seek medical aid, have their wounds treated, and where their babies are delivered. Since 16 October 2017, the hospital has seen over 52,000 patients, admitted over 1,900, performed an estimated 2,700 surgeries and delivered over 600 babies. The hospital is run by a bevy of doctors, nurses, translators and general workers from various nationalities, all focused on delivering life-saving support and helping to treat ailments and mend wounds.
Mongolia is in the grips of a serious influenza A (H1N1) outbreak. The combination of extreme cold, toxic air, poverty, the risk of pneumonia and the coming Lunar New Year are posing deadly risks especially for young children. Temperatures lower than minus 40 degrees Celsius, air pollution and cramped living conditions are pushing up influenza rates, making it a kids’ crisis. In the Songinokhairkhan District Hospital, Galsantseden Badrakh, the hospital’s chief physician and leading pediatrician, is seeing an overflow of patients.
“I’m happy to participate in this cyclone preparedness training because one of my neighbors, Yassin Siddiq, was in the last group and he trained me to prepare for cyclones. Now I can train others too,” says Mustafa Kamal, resident of the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar.
By Maude Froberg, IFRC The sound of digging echoes over the mountain slope in the early morning. It is a slow arduous digging, as the soil is becoming more frozen by the day. Choe Gwang Chol, volunteer from the Red Cross, leans against his spade and pa …
Country cluster support teams
- Head of Country Cluster Support Team, Beijing: Gwendolyn Pang
- Head of Country Cluster Support Team, Delhi: Leon Prop
- Head of Country Cluster Support Team, Bangkok: Hung Ha Nguyen
- Head of Country Cluster Support Team, Indonesia & Timor-Leste: Jan Gelfand
- Head of Country Cluster Support Team, Pacific: Kathryn Clarkson
- Head of Country Office, Afghanistan: Ariel Kestens
- Head of Country Office, Bangladesh: Azmat Ulla
- Head of Delegation, DPRK: Mohamed Babiker
- Head of Country Office, Myanmar: Joy Singhal
- Head of Country Office, Nepal: Juja Kim
- Special Senior Advisor, Country Office, Pakistan: Thomas Gurtner
- Head of Country Office, Philippines: Chris Staines
Recent press releases
- Japanese Red Cross Society
- Kiribati Red Cross Society
- Red Cross Society of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
- The Republic of Korea National Red Cross
- Lao Red Cross
- Malaysian Red Crescent Society
- Maldivian Red Crescent
- Marshall Islands Red Cross
- Micronesia Red Cross
- Mongolian Red Cross Society
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