Red Crescent volunteers in northern Iraq and Iran are providing urgent search and rescue and first aid to victims of the devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the region yesterday evening at 21:18 local time.

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

Feedback collected through the hotline became a key source of information in deciding and how and where the cash transfer programme needed to be improved. When the Lebanese Red Cross set up a feedback and complaints mechanism to answer questions from S …

30 October 2017

More than 12400 people in the Gaza Strip, occupied Palestinian territories , benefited from the Palestine Red Crescent Society project for Public Health in Emergencies and Violence Prevention.

3 October 2017

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.

26 September 2017

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.

11 September 2017

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.

8 September 2017
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  • Deputy director: Mohammed Omer Mukhier
Country cluster support offices
  • North Africa (Tunis): Amelia Marzal
  • Gulf (Dubai):  Fatima Gailani
Country offices:
  • 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