The IFRC’s Middle East and North Africa regional office works in support of 17 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the region. 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.
Amid political turmoil that has been ravaging several countries in MENA in recent years, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have focused much of their efforts of providing relief and support to communities affected by conflicts. They have also made significant investment in strengthening the expertise of their volunteer teams to respond to a variety of crises. This form of development is an ongoing process.
Activities also include:
- Disaster preparedness
- Resilience building
- Health and emergency medical services
- Psychosocial support
Latest news from Middle East and North Africa
By Karina Lapteva, IFRC During winter, IFRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) increase humanitarian response efforts to help children and families to cope with the cold weather in most affected areas. Years of war brought destruction to many areas in …
By Rana Sidani Cassou More than 300 Lebanese Red Cross volunteers and staff have been working round the clock to protect people from the rain and snow of Storm Norma, performing nearly 600 rescue missions – and delivering two beautiful, healthy babies …
“We carried our kids and ran to the rooftop escaping the floods that invaded our houses. We stayed there for more than 18 hours until the water level receded” said Karima, mother of two. “When we came down, we saw that our belongings had been swept awa …
By Mohammed Al- khuzai in Baghdad The Iraqi Red Crescent Society has stepped up to provide desalination and purification systems in Basra after a water pollution crisis led to more than 6,200 people needing hospital treatment in the southern Governorat …
Renowned Iraqi musician and philanthropist was nominated as Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in July 2018. Mr Shamma will use his music and public profile in the reg …
- Regional Director: Sayed Hashem
Country cluster support offices
- North Africa (Tunis): Iliana Mourad
- Gulf (Dubai): Fatima Gailani
- Iraq (Baghdad): Farid Aiywar
- Iran (Tehran): Davood Pourkhanali
- Jordan (Amman): Muftah Etwilb
- Lebanon Cristhian Cortez Cadoza
- Libya (Tunis): Stefano Cordella
- Palestine (Ramallah): John Entwistle
- Syria (Damascus): Paula Fitzgerald
- Yemen (Sana’a): Pitambar Aryal
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In the MENA region, the IFRC focuses its efforts on enabling National Societies to better deliver their services to people in need in their countries, and where relevant, to facilitate their partnerships with other National Societies.
Technical assistance and guidance in key areas are provided by the regional team and country/multi-country cluster teams where appropriate. Experts in a broad range of relevant operational and development areas work with National Societies to strengthen their work.