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

Morteza Beigi, the Iranian Red Cross first aid volunteer, recovered a two-month-old baby back to life and became a hero. “I am used to check vital signs of every corpse brought to the cemetery to be washed and prepared for burial. This time, when the b …

11 December 2020

On the 4th of August, a massive explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, capital of Lebanon, injuring more than 6500 people and affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands. Four months later, a lot has been done but the work is far from finished …

3 December 2020

Each nurse and midwife who joined the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has a different story, but they share a common passion: to care for those in need. “I have a big heart that prompts me to engage in humanitarian work in all sectors, whether in t …

10 November 2020

“I am impressed and inspired how the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC)  has scaled up and modernized services to respond to many emergencies, including COVID19,” says Dr. Hossam Elsharkaw,  IFRC Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). …

5 November 2020

Randa El Ozeir: The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has gathered its efforts to fight COVID-19, and launched “Your Doctor” program to guide, sensitize, and refer people to the relevant health services depending on their situation. In our conversation …

8 October 2020
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Regional Director: Dr. Hossam Khalil Elsharkawi

Deputy Regional Director: Rania Ahmed

Heads of Country Cluster Delegations:

  • North Africa, Tunis: Iliana Mourad
  • Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dubai: Dr. Fawzi Amin

Heads of Country Delegations:

  • Iraq, Baghdad: Muftah Etwilb
  • Iran, Tehran: Atta Muhammad Durrani
  • Jordan, Amman: Dr. Nehal Hefni
  • Lebanon, Beirut: Cristhian Cortez Cadoza
  • Libya, Tunis: Stefano Cordella
  • Palestine, Ramallah: John Entwistle
  • Syria, Damascus: Andrei Engstrand-Neacsu
  • Yemen, Sana’a: Sami Fakhouri