Appeals & Response Plans
- Egypt: Floods - Oct 2016
- Syria/Iraq: Polio Outbreak - Oct 2013
- Egypt: Floods - Jan 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Egypt: Landslide - Sep 2008
- Locusts - Aug 2004
- Egypt: Floods - Nov 1994
- Sudan/Egypt: Earthquakes - Aug 1993
- Egypt: Earthquake - Oct 1992
- Egypt: Floods Due To Canal Collapse - Dec 1991
Maps & Infographics
The Empress Shôken Fund is named after Her Majesty the Empress of Japan, who proposed – at the 9th International Conference of the Red Cross – the creation of an international fund to promote relief work in peacetime. It is administered by the Joint Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which maintains close contact with the Japanese Permanent Mission in Geneva, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Meiji Jingu Research Institute in Japan.
This factsheet provides a summary of the activities that the ICRC carries out for vulnerable migrants and their families in the Middle East. It explains our approach and describes what we, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, do to help protect and assist migrants along migration routes in the Middle East.
Members of the Libyan Red Crescent Society (LRCS), with support from the ICRC Libya and Cairo delegations, visited Egypt for a peer-to-peer experience exchange with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERC). The occasion was a joint training on building emergency response teams. The training course was held from 14 to 17 September 2017 in the ERC headquarters in Cairo.
Cairo (ICRC) – On the 11th of October 2017, the head of the ICRC Cairo delegation, Ronald Ofteringer, and the legal advisor on Islamic law and jurisprudence Dr. Ahmed al-Dawoody met with Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar.
The meeting aimed at discussing ways to enhance the cooperation between the ICRC and al-Azhar, Egypt’s pioneer institution of Islamic learning and teaching that provides guidance and counsel to Muslims worldwide.
Peter Maurer, ICRC President: There are key issues that must be addressed if we are to end the suffering in Syria.
Four months ago, in one of the most complex and dangerous humanitarian operations of the Syrian war, more than 35,000 people were evacuated, in just eight days, from eastern Aleppo. It was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and our colleagues in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives were probably saved.
The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.
Facts and figures
26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.
9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.
Cairo (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Curative and Critical Care Sector of the Ministry of Health and Population held a joint three-day course from 14 to 16 October on the management of emergency-room trauma.
Some 22 doctors working in Cairo hospitals attended. "We organized this course to support Egyptian doctors in their efforts to provide emergency treatment for wounded or sick patients," said Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Cairo.
Cairo (ICRC) – Thirty doctors will today complete a three-day seminar on surgical techniques for weapon-wounded patients in Alexandria. The seminar was organized jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Curative and Critical Care Sector of the Ministry of Health and Population, and Alexandria University Hospitals.
Annual Report for 2013: A strong response to complex crises
14-05-2014 News Release 14/81
08-05-2014 News Release 14/75
Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced a budget extension today that will bring funding for its operations in Syria and neighbouring countries to a level unmatched by any other ICRC operation over the past 15 years. The total budget for the organization's activities within Syria will come to 139 million Swiss francs (approximately 157 million US dollars) once the extension is fully funded.
Egyptian Red Crescent emergency action teams helped evacuate and treat many wounded people during the recent clashes. Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Cairo, comments on the unwavering commitment demonstrated by the teams despite the volatile situation faced at the time.
What is the current situation in Egypt, and what are your main concerns about it?
Since 2003, the International Committee of the Red Cross has been publishing, in cooperation with the League of Arab States, an annual report on the implementation of IHL in the Middle East and North Africa.
This report covers the following countries: Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, and Yemen, and not all States member of the League of Arab States.
The ICRC has been helping people stranded at Salloum since March 2011. The organization provides breakfast and makes phones available so that people can keep in touch with their families. The ICRC also issues travel documents for people who have been granted asylum by a third country but do not have proper identity documents. In addition, the ICRC helps reunite separated families, in coordination with United Nations agencies and NGOs, and shares information on missing persons with ICRC teams in Libya and elsewhere.
The ICRC has now consolidated its presence in the west of Libya, where it plans to visit detainees and help medical staff to cope with war-wounded patients.
As unrest and violence continue to spread across the Middle East and North Africa, ICRC deputy director of operations Dominik Stillhart outlines the challenges that local health workers and hospitals are facing in the region and the support that the ICRC is giving them.
What are the greatest medical challenges and priorities in the wake of the latest outbreak of unrest?
Geneva/Tobruk (ICRC) - One month after armed violence broke out in Libya, the fighting continues and is now spreading to the country's most populated areas.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement wishes to express its grave concern for the deteriorating humanitarian situation as a result of the escalation of violence and the plight of the civilian population affected by the crisis in Libya and events in neighboring countries.
The National Red Crescent Societies of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt have been working tirelessly to provide vital services to the people most in need.
At the Egyptian border crossing in Libya, many people have been waiting for days as they try to get valid travel documents to get back to their home countries. Alongside the International Organization for Migration, ICRC delegates are helping those stranded to contact their country representatives to get temporary travel documents issued.
28-02-2011 News Release 11/45
Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling for immediate and safe access to western Libya following two weeks of unrest in the country.
"This crisis has been going on for 14 days. It's high time, and absolutely vital, that the needs of people affected are met.
Dr Hassan Nasreddine, a senior ICRC medical specialist, has just returned to ICRC headquarters in Geneva from Cairo, where he had gone to gain a first-hand impression of the situation. He reports on his mission.
What was the objective of your mission to Cairo?