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.

Latest news from Middle East and North Africa

A child showing her artistic and math skills

Bethlehem – The Palestine Red Crescent Society’s PRCS’ campaign, “30 Minutes With My Child”, is still gaining momentum in the towns and villages of the Bethlehem Governate in Palestine since its launch at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. The successfu …

22 May 2020

Dear Red Cross and Red Crescent colleagues, dear friends, On this World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, we are especially proud to recognize the work of our volunteers and staff who are on the frontline responding to the growing needs of communities af …

7 May 2020

Photos and words by Palestine Red Crescent Society Salma Mahmoud Al Barqawi (50) has been volunteering with PRCS in Anabta for the past 17 years, and this fills her with pride. The years she has spent volunteering have shaped her personality, made her …

16 April 2020

Last week in Beirut, IFRC’s Middle East and North Africa regional office presented its Regional Operational Plan to partners and stakeholders, inviting them to share their insights on how to join efforts to alleviate the suffering of people in the regi …

9 March 2020

Photo by Iraqi Red Crescent Society As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading also in the Middle East and North Africa, the Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies in the region are scaling up their preparedness and response, with support fr …

3 March 2020
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  • Regional Director: Dr Hossam Elsharkawi
Country cluster support offices
  • North Africa (Tunis): Iliana Mourad
  • GCC (Dubai): Dr. Fawzi Amin
Country offices:
  • 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): Andrei Engstrand-Neacsu
  • Yemen (Sana’a): Ruben Romero

Ongoing crises

Regional support

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.