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

Imad Sabah’s life changed more than 15 years ago, when he met an Iraqi Red Crescent Society’s volunteer collecting donations for displaced people in Anbar. When Imad heard how people had to leave all their belongings behind and seek safety away from ho …

30 October 2019

The Lebanese Red Cross is providing first aid and emergency medical transportation to hospitals for people who took to the streets across Lebanon. “Our teams remain in full alert to respond the unfolding emergency. We have mobilized more than 1,000 par …

22 October 2019

By: Rana Sidani Cassou Iraq Red Crescent Society relief operations to support people affected by recent demonstrations in the country have received a boost from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). More than 150, …

17 October 2019

Text and photos: Julie Lorenzen, Danish Red Cross His brown eyes look tired – almost absent – and the skin is way too pale. He speaks with a voice that is difficult to hear. Nine-year-old Luai and his mother are visiting a primary health clinic, run by …

15 October 2019

Mojtaba Yadegari, a youth member of the Iran Red Crescent Society, has been running for peace since he was nine years old. Lately he ran for 17 consecutive days, throughout Iran’s 31 governorates, covering an amazing 310km. “I really enjoy running and …

1 October 2019
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Beirut, Hazmiyeh, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon
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  • Regional Director: Sayed Hashem
Country cluster support offices
  • North Africa (Tunis): Iliana Mourad
  • GCC (Dubai): Mohammed Omer Mukhier (acting)
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): Paula Fitzgerald
  • Yemen (Sana’a): Indra Adhikari

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.