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British Red Cross sends delegate to support life-saving work in Syria

25 April 2012

With the humanitarian situation in Syria remaining challenging, the British Red Cross has seconded a highly experienced delegate to work for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Damascus. The delegate will support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s life-saving work

Within Syria, access to healthcare, and food, water and other basic supplies remains difficult for thousands of people. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is working to support people living in areas affected by violence – including injured, sick, and displaced people, and those returning to their homes. The delegate will help co-ordinate these operations.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is providing food, supplies, emergency health assistance, first aid and ambulance services. To date, it has given humanitarian assistance to more than 200,000 people. In November and December 2011, over 1,000 Syrian community members were trained in basic first aid and community-based health.

The International Committee of the Red Cross also has a large presence in Syria, and is providing the Syrian Arab Red Crescent with vital support.

Large-scale displacement

As people continue to flee, the humanitarian needs are spilling over into neighbouring countries too. Jordan has been the main destination for people fleeing the violence, with the Jordanian government announcing in February 2012 that around 80,000 Syrians have sought refuge in the country since March 2011.

Currently, the majority of refugees have found shelter with relatives in Jordan. In the last two months, the Jordanian Red Crescent, with support from its partners, has provided assistance for 3,000 families, particularly relief distributions of food, blankets, hygiene kits and heaters. This has been targeted in several areas – Amman, Mafraq, Maa’n, Tara’a, Irbid and Ramtha.

The Turkish Red Crescent and Lebanese Red Cross are also supporting displaced people. According to the UN refugee agency, there are currently over 20,000 displaced Syrians in Lebanon. Since mid-May 2011, the Lebanese Red Cross has been providing first aid, treatment, medical evacuation, transportation and provision of blood units to wounded and sick Syrians crossing the border.

With over 24,600 Syrian refugees currently in Turkey, the Turkish Red Crescent is helping with shelter, aid, hygiene, logistics and hot meals.

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