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Apr 14, 2017

French Red Cross Report

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 last activities:

 

Cold waves in France

 The French Red Cross helps more than one million persons in situation of precariousness every year and guides homeless people to adapted shelters. Every winter the French Red Cross is prepared to deploy additional means to face up to cold waves: social action and first-aid teams are mobilized in order to reinforce outreach volunteers teams and ensure housing in emergency shelters. This assistance is combined with a global and long-term support for vulnerable people.

 

 Health record booklet for migrants

 The French Red Cross created a health record booklet bound for all the migrants hold in nursing consultation by the French Red Cross mobile team, which is running in the Ile-de-France region (around Paris). This health record booklet is translated in English and Arabic to facilitate communication during medical consultations. Health professionals can therefore directly access all useful information to ensure a quality and efficient care (family background, allergies, etc.). In the longer term, the device might be extended to the whole of France, including France Overseas Territories.

 

A new humanitarian logistics platform in Paris region

 A French Red Cross social integration enterprise in the logistics area has been created in January 2017, designed to allow persons in situation of precariousness to return to employment in the logistics area (forklift driver, warehouse worker, driver, etc.). The platform is managed by Croix-Rouge insertion, a French Red Cross entity that aims at developing employment to fight precariousness. The platform presently manages food aid provided by European Union. In the future, the platform will also manage logistics for other humanitarian organizations.

 

Irak: water for 40 000 people

 French Red Cross has been working since October 2016 alongside the Iraqi Red Crescent in order to bring emergency help to the population and to help people who have been displaced following military operations around Mosul. The French Red Cross distributes emergency kits and helps building water purification stations in the refugee’s camps. Two persons from the emergency team of the French Red Cross have been sent to help delivering clean water to a population of 40 000 people.

 

Madagascar stroke by cyclone Enawo

 A category 4 cyclone stroke Madagascar in March 2017, provoking severe flooding and exposing the region to a high landslides risk. Nearly 80 people died and 395 000 suffered damages or were displaced. The damages caused by Enawo added to the consequences of the severe drought that hit the south of the country since several months. The Red Cross Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (“PIROI”), attached to the French Red Cross, allowed sending reconstruction housing kits, that being 45 tons of humanitarian freight. The PIROI is a disaster risk management regional program in the South-West part of Indian Ocean, composed of different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

 

 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.

Jan 19, 2017

French Red Cross report

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 last activities:

The French Red Cross “Parents-babies Areas” celebrate their 10th anniversary

The French Red Cross created the “Parents-babies Areas” 10 years ago, in order to help vulnerable families with young children from birth to 3 years of age. These areas are managed by volunteers and aim at meeting the specific difficulties encountered by vulnerable families (precariousness, social isolation, migratory experience, etc.) and at bringing material assistance for babies when necessary. Since 2006, 21 “Parents-babies Areas” have been created by the French Red Cross and have allowed helping 7000 persons in vulnerable situation.

Preparedness Plan for New Threats

November 2015 attacks opened a completely new chapter in first aid for the French Red Cross, because the organization had to response to several attacks at the same time, and because these attacks were lead with war weapons. Therefore the French Red Cross had to anticipate and to be prepared for potential other similar attacks. The Department of Emergency and First Aid developed a Preparedness Plan for New Threats, in order to meet the dual requirement of being able to response to potential other attacks in France, and of protecting the first-aider volunteers. The aim is to cover not only Paris but also 14 other major cities in France.

International Volunteer Day

The year 2016 has been marked by an increase in volunteers’ recruitment for the French Red Cross: more than 10 000 new volunteers joined the organization in one year. The French Red Cross highlighted this wave of solidarity during the International Volunteer Day and wants to go on promoting volunteering as a “school for citizenship”. Volunteering reinforces solidarity, but is also a way for each person of realizing his potential as an individual, taking responsibilities and acquiring skills. This is why the FRC supports all its volunteers and makes available for them more than 80 trainings.

The French Red Cross publishes an operational guide on fight against Ebola virus

In 2014 the French Red Cross strongly engaged to fight Ebola virus when the epidemic stroke Western Africa. The organization released in December 2016 an operational guide on fight against Ebola virus, which is the result of reflections and experiences of the FRC teams committed on the field and leading the project in the headquarters in Paris. The purpose of this guide is to be used for further reflection and to be a practical tool to help humanitarian workers who will deal with a new outbreak of Ebola or any other life threatening epidemic.

Promulgation of the law in favor of restoring family links

Restoring family links is one of the statutory missions of the French Red Cross, established by the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The aim is to reunite families who have been wrenched apart by conflicts, disasters and humanitarian crisis. The new law will facilitate administrative procedures and allow the FRC to access vital information and documents in order to look for persons on the national territory.

 

 

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.
Oct 20, 2016

French Red Cross Report

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 last activities:

 

Hurricane Matthew: the number of victims is increasing

The hurricane Matthew that stroke Haïti at the beginning of October is one of the most powerful hurricane of the past ten years. It killed at least 372 people, and more than 750 000 people now need humanitarian aid. The French Red Crossprovides assistance, in order to respond to the emergency, but also to build a long-term response: prevention responses and actions to fight the cholera epidemic, response to food insecurity. The French Red Cross’ regional emergency hub for the America-Caribbean zone brought 40 tons of emergency products (hygiene kits, shelter kits, etc.) in the country.

 

Caregivers’ national day

There are currently more than 8 million people of all ages in France who care for a close family member suffering of illness or disability on a daily basis. The French Red Cross signed an agreement with the French Association of Caregivers, in order to collectively contribute to develop actions in favor of caregivers, who play a major role in accompanying dependent persons. The objective of the collaboration is to develop initiatives that encourage the preservation of the relationship between the cared-for person and the caregiver, whatever the living environment, medical institution or home.

 

A military attack hampers the action of the Syrian Red Crescent

During the night of 19 to 20 September 2016, a humanitarian convoy carried by the UN and the Syrian Red Crescent, and a warehouse of Syrian Red Crescent were attacked in Orem Al Kubra, near Alep. About 20 civilians and a member of the Syrian Red Crescent were killed, while they were unloading trucks transporting humanitarian aid. This attack takes food aid and medical aid away from a thousand civilians. These attacks represent a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

 

Back-to-school season: a School supply bank to collect material for vulnerable families

 

Cultura corporate Foundation and French Red Cross associate to help vulnerable families, by giving to the children essential school material for starting the school year. Clients of Cultura (sales of cultural items and creative leisures) website can choose among a selection of 15 school material products (pen, copybook, ruler, etc.) and add one to their shopping cart, to participate to the School supply bank. French Red Cross volunteers will also be in store to ask the clients to mobilize for this cause. In 2015, the School supply bank has allowed to collect 28 tons of school material.

 

 The French Red Cross « Summer Caravan » teaches you how to save lives

In July and August 2016, the French Red Cross « Summer Caravan » travels throughout France to offer free introduction to basic first aid, in a family and friendly environment. The Summer Caravan makes stopovers in 9 cities to meet, inform and initiate inhabitants and vacationer into first aid, into the use of an automatic defibrillator and into the right behavior to adopt in case of dangerous situation. Since its creation in 1999, the « Summer Caravan » allowed to introduce around 47 000 persons to life-saving techniques.

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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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