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
Most read reports
- ACLED Regional Overview – Africa (11 December 2018)
- UNHCR Egypt Monthly Statistical Report as of 30 November 2018
- Children, HIV and AIDS: Regional snapshot - Middle East and North Africa (December 2018)
- ACLED Regional Overview – Africa (16 October 2018)
- Simulation exercise puts global pandemic readiness to the test
Throughout its history, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been closely associated with life-saving assistance, surgical operations, physical rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery, psychosocial support, safer behaviour in environments contaminated by weapons and other efforts to assist the wounded. In times of conflict, this is commonly referred to “war surgery”.
While there is room for disagreement about migration policy, the humanitarian imperative means that we must never needlessly sacrifice the survival and dignity of any vulnerable people, including migrants.
In many ways, 2017 was a special year seen through the lenses of mental health and psychosocial support in the IFRC. International attention has never been so strongly focused on psychosocial support at field level, in research and at policy level.
In severe crises, such as the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the Rakhine crisis and the protracted crisis in Libya, mental health and psychosocial support is repeatedly mentioned as being key elements in the overall response.
Focus on aid, increased pledges and accountability for previous commitments needed, according to eight leading aid agencies.
Donors and governments meeting tomorrow and Wednesday for the Brussels II conference must take the opportunity to bring change for the millions of vulnerable Syrians in their war-torn country and in the region by following through on previous commitments to protect displaced people and fund the aid response.
La Cruz Roja y la Media Luna Roja de 15 países, con el apoyo de la UE, llevan a cabo este proyecto a tres años (diciembre 2016-2019) en 5 países vecinos de Siria: Turquía, Líbano, Jordania, Irak y Egipto.
El objetivo fundamental de Madad (‘ayudar juntos’, en árabe) es mejorar las condiciones de vida tanto de las personas refugiadas como de las comunidades de acogida, contribuyendo así a la estabilidad general de la región.
Madad ofrece, entre otras intervenciones, la mejora de la Salud, la gestión de riesgos y la generación de ingresos
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.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
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.
by Rana Sidani Cassou, IFRC
The deadly attack on a mosque in North Sinai, Egypt, on 24 November killed more than 300 people and injured many more. It has also devastated hundreds of grieving women and children who face an uncertain future without the family breadwinner.
When the attack happened, the Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERC), immediately rushed to the scene and deployed emergency response, medical and psychosocial support teams from Areesh, Ismaileya and Cairo to provide first aid and support medical teams in nearby hospitals.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
On 24th of November 2017, a bomb and gun attack against a mosque in al-Rawda village (Bir Al Abed locality) in North Sinai took place. The attack targeted people during Friday (Gomaa) prayer when hundreds were inside the mosque.
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.
Description of the disaster
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.
A large donation from the EU regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria crisis, the ‘Madad’ Fund, enables the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to assist up to one million Syrian refugees and their host communities in the region over the next three years.
Scenario 1 Slight increase in migration via N Africa to EU
The political and security situation in Libya remains unstable and the movement of migrants from Libya to the Mediterranean continues largely unhindered. The slightly rising trend in arrivals to Italy continues, with an expected seasonal spike during the summer months as smuggler activity becomes slightly more organised. The number of people stuck in Libya remains stable. Meanwhile the number of returns and readmissions from (and to) EU member states continues at a very low level.
December 16-18, 2013
On December 16-18th the MENA Urban Disaster Risk Reduction & Management workshop was held in Beirut as the last of a regional series of workshop/consultations in 2013. The workshop was supported by the IFRC Urban DRR/DM programme and the IFRC MENA office to:
1. To achieve better and deeper understanding of the urban contexts including challenges, opportunities and priorities in MENA for Red Cross and Red Crescent DRR/DM interventions and programmes
The Government of Tunisia extended every month the state of emergency declared after November 2015 attack on elite presidential guards in the capital. The state of emergency confers exceptional powers on Tunisian authorities, notably to forbid strikes and public gatherings, close movie theatres and control the press.
The fragile political situation in Libya continue to have an impact on the security situation in Tunisia.
In Egypt, the situation remains tensed in North Sinai Governorate with regular security incidents affecting greater Cairo and the Nile Delta.
By Stephen Ryan, IFRC
Sudden and unexpected rains hit south and eastern parts of Egypt at the beginning of November, killing 29 people and injuring at least 73 more. Volunteer teams of Egyptian Red Crescent Society have been among the few aid organisations providing assistance to people whose homes have been caught in the deluge. Food and non-food relief items, and psychosocial support, particularly to children, have been top priorities for the society, which began its response immediately after the onset of the disaster.
Description of the disaster
Heavy rains and flooding affected the Upper Egypt and the Red Sea coast, affecting more than 6,500 families at the governorates of South Sinai, Red Sea, Sohag, Qena, and Assuit.
According to official estimates as of 29 October 2016, 26 people have been killed and 72 injured as a result of intense flooding and related hazards.