Source: China State Council Information Office
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Thursday appealed for donations worth 3.1 billion Swiss francs (US$ 3.19 billion) to assist the world’s most vulnerable people amid the pandemic and further help curb its rapid spread.
Building on the previous appeal launched on March 26, 2020, the move is aimed at increasing life-saving services and addressing both the immediate impacts of the pandemic and its long-lasting social and economic repercussions.
Jagan Chapagain, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), noted that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating new vulnerabilities.
“We now face a crisis on top of a crisis with worsening poverty and food insecurity alongside crippling economic conditions and a lack of public health services, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene,” warned Chapagain.
“Protecting and supporting these communities requires a sustained and coordinated scale-up of Red Cross and Red Crescent local action alongside ongoing global response efforts,” said Chapagain.
In addition, Robert Mardini, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), also pointed out that “this pandemic is creating crisis-level needs that will endure long into the future, whether for mental health support, conflict zone medical aid or livelihood assistance.”
“The ICRC is working hand in hand with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, at the intersection of the pandemic, armed conflict, and violence to ensure that we assist both now and beyond the pandemic’s immediate effects to help families in the long-run,” noted Mardini.
Specifically, the IFRC is appealing for 1.9 billion Swiss francs (US$1.95 billion) to support National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in providing health care, water and sanitation, and mitigation against the socio-economic impacts for the most vulnerable people.
Meanwhile, the ICRC is seeking 1.2 billion Swiss francs to respond in conflict zones, to support medical facilities and places of detention, to curb the spread of COVID-19 among displaced people and detainees, and to support National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in their response.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement consists of three parts: the ICRC, the IFRC, and 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Movement has supported National Societies to increase their health care services, community engagement, and pandemic preparedness activities for vulnerable populations.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world’s largest humanitarian network. Its community-based volunteers and staff help the world’s most vulnerable people, including those living in countries with under-resourced health and social welfare systems; people recovering from recent disasters; migrants and displaced people; those in conflict zones and who face ongoing violence; people in urban slums; detainees; and people suffering from the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.