Beirut / Geneva, July 10th 2012: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched an emergency appeal of 27.5 million Swiss francs (22.9 million Euros) to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in assisting over 200,000 beneficiaries for 12 months and responding to the needs of more than 1.5 million people.
Funds from this appeal will assist SARC in providing health, relief and livelihoods support, with a large capacity-building and organizational development component, to ensure efficient and timely response to displaced Syrians and other affected people in the country.
Sixteen months since the start of troubles in Syria, SARC has been working around the clock, having trained around 10,000 volunteers to date, to access the most difficult to reach communities amidst the fighting. Early this morning, SARC lost another volunteer, Khaled Khafaji, who was on ambulance duty in Deir El Zour. IFRC strongly condemns this act and expresses its deepest condolences to his family and SARC. In light of the incidents costing lives of SARC volunteers, IFRC demands full protection for all the humanitarian aid workers in Syria.
As the main ambulance provider in many parts of Syria, SARC continues to carry out first aid, emergency health, and the provision of ambulance services to wounded and sick across the country.
With the ongoing violence, emergency health care and first aid provision are a priority. Due to the increasing numbers of people displaced or trapped by conflict, basic health services have become inaccessible to a large segment of the population, and those still functioning lack adequate supplies and staff to provide the urgent treatment required.
IFRC continues to support SARC, the only organisation with a reach extending across the country, in performing its role in the provision of humanitarian assistance to the affected population. “It is at very difficult times like these that we, as a Movement, come together and show our solidarity. It is now more important than ever for us to work closely with SARC in its on-going efforts to assist all of those affected by this crisis”, says Åsa Erika Jansson, IFRC Country Representative in Syria.
For more information, please contact:
Beirut- Raefah Makki, IFRC MENA, tel: +961 70 2582 25
Geneva- Susie Chippendale, IFRC Geneva, tel: +41 (02) 799 592536