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

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet. Randa El Ozeir: Choosing to volunteer with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is not to be taken lightly give …

2 July 2020

For ten years, the people of Syria have faced a brutal and unrelenting crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic and recent harsher economic sanctions have exacerbated humanitarian needs, making the situation more untenable than ever before, for civilians with no …

30 June 2020

Randa El Ozeir: A group of people on the street flinched showing signs of apprehension and repulsion. They are Yemenis living in a remote area where volunteers, from the Yemen Red Crescent Society (YRCS) in their protective masks, put informative poste …

22 June 2020

    Press Release Beirut, 19 June 2020 – Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is increasingly concerned that migrants, refugees and internally displaced people are …

19 June 2020

CAIRO, 15 June 2020 – Vulnerable groups, particularly women, displaced people, migrants, older persons and people with disabilities, may experience the most harmful impacts of COVID-19. This is due to many factors including discrimination and stigma, t …

15 June 2020
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Beirut, Hazmiyeh, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon
+961 5 428 444
  • 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.