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
Rajuma Khatun, 25, is exhausted. She has barely eaten or slept since she arrived in Bangladesh from Rakhine State, Myanmar. Sitting in a makeshift shelter under a piece of plastic sheeting, she is surrounded by 17 other members of her family, including her blind father-in-law and eight children.
Thousands of people stranded in Syria’s eastern city of Deir Alzour, received crucial food and medicine aid of Friday as Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) was able to access the city by land for the first time in three years.
In Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp, Beirut, the Palestine Red Crescent is the sole provider of health services, dealing with an array of issues from non-communicable diseases to trauma.
The Jordan National Red Crescent Society has launched a programme to allow refugees and women from host communities to improve their skills and start a new businesses.
The fighting is over, but a large number of people are still displaced in Mosul. Nearly 100,000 families are living in camps since it is not yet safe for them to return to their homes. Nearly 75,000 others, many also in need of assistance, are still living in the city.
- Deputy director: Mohammed Omer Mukhier
Country cluster support offices
- North Africa (Tunis): Amelia Marzal
- Gulf (Dubai): Fatima Gailani
- Iraq (Baghdad): Cristhian Cortez Cadoza (acting)
- Iran (Tehran): Davood Pourkhanali
- Jordan (Amman): Muftah Etwilb
- Lebanon Cristhian Cortez Cadoza
- Libya (Tunis): Amelia Marzal (acting)
- Palestine (Ramallah): John Entwistle
- Syria (Damascus): Karina Lapteva (acting)
- 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.