23 February 2011
©Reuters/ AlertnetAs unrest continues in North Africa, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is working on the ground to help vulnerable people and provide humanitarian aid.
The Libyan Red Crescent has established a first aid post in the centre of Benghazi, with an ambulance and 50 first aid volunteers providing basic medical care and transport to the hospital.
It has also provided medical supplies, including blood units, to the town’s four hospitals.
Tunisia and Egypt response
Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies in neighbouring countries are also monitoring the situation and preparing for a potential influx of refugees.
Five thousand people, both Libyan and Tunisian, have already crossed the border to Tunisia. Tunisian Red Crescent volunteers are working at the border with local authorities, providing first aid and transport to regional hospitals.
Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities have built two camps for displaced people at the border with Libya, where 20 Egyptian Red Crescent volunteers will provide first aid, food, basic healthcare, shelter items like mattresses and blankets, hygiene kits and emotional support.
British Red Cross response
A British Red Cross psycho-social support team is aboard HMS Cumberland, a Royal Navy ship heading for Libya which may be used to help British nationals leave the country. Deployed at the request of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the team will assist any Britons collected by the ship with practical and emotional support. The team will remain aboard the vessel at all times.