IFRC President reiterates the collaboration with Lao Red Cross to build community resilience

Published: 23 November 2016

Vientiane, 23 November 2016 - Today, Mr. Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), completed a three-day official visit to Laos PDR.

The purpose of Mr. Konoé’s visit was to deepen the relationship and cooperation between the IFRC and the Lao Red Cross (LRC) and to pay tribute to the crucial role played by Lao Red Cross staff and volunteers in supporting vulnerable communities.

During his visit, President Konoé visited some of the development and humanitarian programmes of the Lao Red Cross which are supported by the IFRC and international donors.

 In Vientiane city Mr. Konoé visited the Lao Red Cross National Headquarters and Lao Red Cross National Blood Transfusion Centre. He also travelled to Luang Prabang province and visited a Red Cross water supply and sanitation project in Namkha village.

President Konoé also met with the Vice President of Lao PDR, Dr. Phankham Viphavanh, and discussed the unique auxiliary role played by the Lao Red Cross in providing humanitarian assistance in times of emergencies as well as its efforts to support long term development and build community resilience.

Due to the increasing vulnerabilities facing many communities in Laos, including the impacts of climate change and the increasing intensity of natural disasters; the IFRC remains committed to support the efforts of Lao Red Cross to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

A recent example of this life-saving work is the Lao Red Cross’s response to the floods in Oudomsay, where with the IFRC’s support, the LRC assisted 5,000 affected people with relief items.

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil­lion people each year through its 190 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions.