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May 27, 2020

French Red Cross's response to the Covid-19 crisis

Report French Red Cross – May 2020

The French Red Cross is very grateful and thankful to all supporters and donors who made the organization’s humanitarian actions possible over the last few months.

Please find below some information about our latest activities, which were obviously focused around the response to the Covid-19 sanitarian crisis.

 

Covid-19 actions

The Covid-19 epidemic hit France hard and led it to a sanitary, economic and social crisis unprecedented for a century.

True to its historic role of assisting and protecting the most vulnerable, the French Red Cross gathered all its resources to bring together all those who want to take action to meet the immense challenges that were before us.

In all our local, departmental or regional volunteer units, in each of our health facilities, and in our social or medical-social systems: the entire Red Cross is mobilized.

As with every crisis, the most fragile, the most isolated and the most deprived are the most exposed and forgotten. In this exceptional context, more than ever, helping them was a top priority for us.

 

French Red Cross’s priorities to respond to the crisis

Gathered behind a protective emblem known to all, our 75,000 volunteers were mobilized (and still are) on the field to ensure the safety and protection of the population. Within days, the French Red Cross has had to respond to the emergency, adapt its operating methods to ensure the continuity of its activities, and review its priorities to focus its forces on responding to this crisis.

 

Maintaining our core missions

Food aid and maraudes are more essential than ever to help people in precarious situations or on the streets, whose isolation is reinforced by containment measures.

In our institutions, our healthcare workers were fighting (and still are) in a very difficult context, to protect all the vulnerable people we welcome: the elderly, people with disabilities...

 

Strengthen our relief and protection efforts for the victims of the epidemic

  • Health Support: Reinforcement of the EMS and Hospital Structures

Night and day, our teams were on the ground, supporting hospital facilities and public relief that are on the front line to fight the epidemic. Our volunteers reinforced the teams of the «15» centres for the reception and referral of patients and participate in emergency relief to the person in collaboration with firefighters and paramedics.

  • Help for the Homeless

On the streets, our marauders continued to work with those that are excluded and we opened specialized shelters with the authorities to ensure the isolation and protection of homeless people infected with Covid-19, without serious symptoms.

 

INNOVATING FOR THE SOCIAL BOND OF ISOLATED PEOPLE: AN EXCEPTIONAL NEW DEVICE

Within a few days, the French Red Cross has set up an exceptional solidarity concierge system: «Red Cross at home». Anyone confined to social isolation could call 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm on 09 70 28 30 00 to benefit from:

- a warm and reassuring support from a psychological help professional

- reliable information on the situation

- the possibility of ordering basic necessities (food, hygiene and maintenance products, medicines) that Red Cross volunteers will deliver to them safely the next day. This service is still working currently.

 

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The French Red Cross, founded in 1864, is an independent charity working alongside governments and public authorities. As a key player in society, we provide humanitarian, health, social, welfare and training services. To help carry out our assignments we have a strong team of 18,000 employees and 56,000 volunteers, who on a daily basis, pursue consistent and unwavering charitable principles to provide local support and deliver tangible results and long-term solutions.


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The French Red Cross thanks all the people who supported its action during the last month and year.

Please find below information about of our latest activities:

 

Eye-catching stars for Paris Red Cross beneficiaries

Wednesday, December 11, the Île-de-France Red Cross invited 2,500 people to celebrate the Operation "Stars in the Eyes" under the marquee of the Cirque Phénix in Paris. Performed by the Les Étoiles de Mongolie troupe, the show called "Nomade" warmed hearts and sparkled everyone's eyes.

An exceptional representation to which more than 60 volunteers and employees naturally responded. "I have been working on the preparation of the event for two months and today it is the joy of reading the wonder on the faces of the children. On a daily basis, I accompany some of them who live in a hotel room with their family… I am happy to see them outside to live this magical experience ", says Christine, volunteer.

This unique experience also revives the memory of some. "For me the circus is associated with my childhood, it reminds me of many good memories. And then being here with all the people accompanied by the Red Cross and feeling this joy around me, it changes my ideas, I think escape from my daily life ", attests Nicolas, hosted at the Melun University Hospital.

 

WASH Project - Chad

The French Red Cross has been present in Chad for almost 40 years, in close collaboration with the Red Cross of Chad. In 2018, a Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) program was set up, directly linked to the consequences of climate change, in the Hadjer Lamis region. It has materialized with and for communities. The objective was to contribute to the strengthening of local capacities, to improve the preparation and the resilience of the population.

Project based on a health-oriented approach, it has benefited more than 15,000 people. Community mobilization, diagnosis, construction of water access works, latrines, hygiene promotion ... In this region, the transport and storage of water are not subject to any rule of hygiene, and the rate of defecation in the open air is 99%. The needs are immense. The public’s support for the project testified to their desire to improve practices on a lasting basis, to learn to be stronger in the face of droughts and epidemics.

 

Fighting social isolation: a Red Cross priority

Loneliness is a scourge that increasingly affects our modern societies. This social isolation would affect nearly 6 million people in France *, or 12% of the population. On the ground, the volunteer and salaried teams of the French Red Cross support the most vulnerable on a daily basis, to recreate social ties and promote the solidarity and living together that are at the heart of each of our actions.

This risk affects all audiences: young people, single-parent families, children, the elderly or the sick ... no longer have the resources to cope with life-threatening accidents, the impact of which is multiplied.

For the French Red Cross, the restoration of social ties is an essential component in the fight against precariousness, it constitutes the foundation of a dignified and independent life.

This is why our teams are committed every day in the field to place the social bond at the heart of their systems and activities, echoing our founding principle of humanity.

To carry out this mission, our association focuses its action around four main challenges:

- destitute childhood;

- The isolation of the elderly;

- The fight against precariousness and exclusion;

- Strengthening the intergenerational link.

 

World Volunteer Day: join us!

Give meaning to your daily life, acquire and develop your skills, belong to a team, exercise responsibility and even act for the planet ... Being a volunteer allows you to enrich yourself humanely and get involved in concrete actions with those who need it the most.

Joining our 60,000 volunteers is to become an essential player in the life of the city and it is to discover that there are a thousand and one ways to engage in local humanitarian action.

Volunteering is a way to realize yourself as an individual, to take responsibility and to acquire skills. That is why we offer our volunteers more than 80 training courses.

Joining the French Red Cross also means benefiting from support throughout their journey in order to progress within the association but also to enhance their experience outside the association.

 

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The French Red Cross, founded in 1864, is an independent charity working alongside governments and public authorities. As a key player in society, we provide humanitarian, health, social, welfare and training services. To help carry out our assignments we have a strong team of 18,000 employees and 56,000 volunteers, who on a daily basis, pursue consistent and unwavering charitable principles to provide local support and deliver tangible results and long-term solutions.

Nov 7, 2019

Reporting August-Octobre 2019

Report French Red Cross

 

The French Red Cross thanks all the people who supported its action during the last month and year.

Please find below information about of our latest activities:

  

Making dental care accessible to vulnerable and vulnerable people

Cleanliness and hygiene contribute to the well-being of the person and to self-esteem. We value the notion of the right to hygiene, which implies that no one, regardless of sex, age or place where he lives, suffers from inadequate hygiene conditions. Oral health is one of them, especially when we consider that more than 10 million French people do not currently have access to dental care. That is why the French Red Cross commits, supports and supports dental projects in its network: devices for access to dental care for vulnerable and precarious people in Annecy and Nîmes, dental truck in the department of Ain etc. These schemes make it possible to offer free dental care to people in precarious situations, who are far from healthcare facilities, who have mobility or administrative difficulties.

 

Alzheimer: spaces created by the French Red Cross to welcome sick people and relieve their caregivers

Alzheimer's disease affects nearly 900,000 people in France today and continues to grow, accentuated by the phenomenon of aging of the population. A tragedy for families who see their daily life totally upset: the person affected, who gradually loses his autonomy, requires indeed a constant accompaniment. Issues concerning caregivers have become a topic of reflection in their own right.

To provide them with real support, the French Red Cross has been developing innovative hospitality services since 2011: non-medical reception centers offer activities adapted to the sick (games, artistic creation workshops, reading, gardening, music or cooking ...) and allow the caregivers to take time for themselves, freed a few hours from the worry and coercion in their daily life to help a sick person.

 

Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas: French Red Cross launches appeal for donations

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, landed on Sunday, Sept. 1, on the Abaco Islands, north of the Bahamas, before continuing its course the next day to Grand Bahama Island. It is now continuing its route to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, downgraded to Category 3 hurricane. In coordination with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the French Red Cross has decided to launch a call for donations.

With strong winds reaching 295 km / h and torrential rains that accompany them, Hurricane Dorian caused considerable material and human damage. The balance sheet states 50 dead and 1300 missing. The material damage is considerable and more than 2000 people are still housed in emergency shelters.

Since the passage of Dorian, the Bahamas Red Cross is in the front line to take action to the people affected in the islands: emergency shelter, psychological support, health care, distribution of drinking water and restoration of family ties . She also participates in evaluation missions.

 

Children's Hospital Margency (Ile-de-France) Red Cross inaugurates its Parents' House in September 2019

With 106 beds hosting approximately 220 children aged from a few weeks to 17 years old, the project of the Margency Children's Hospital resides in the care of very young patients coming from the pediatric departments of the Hospitals and Centers for the Fight Against Cancer in Île-de-France, for the continuation of a treatment before returning to the family.

Located in the heart of a wooded area, the establishment offers children, in one place, both the opportunity to heal, go to school and have fun. As soon as the child arrives at the hospital, the medical and nursing team defines an individualized project in perfect collaboration with the educational and pedagogical team, whose objective is to continue the treatment of the young patient while preserving his child's life before returning to the family.

One of the missions of the Margency Children's Hospital is to be able to offer, to one of the parents at least, an accommodation allowing him to stay with his hospitalized child and thus put all the chances on his side with a view to the healing.

 

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The French Red Cross, founded in 1864, is an independent charity working alongside governments and public authorities. As a key player in society, we provide humanitarian, health, social, welfare and training services. To help carry out our assignments we have a strong team of 18,000 employees and 56,000 volunteers, who on a daily basis, pursue consistent and unwavering charitable principles to provide local support and deliver tangible results and long-term solutions.

 
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