The International Federation's East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The International Federation has programmes that support the national societies in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Following the worst floods in decades which hit Mongolia in July, killing 24 people and affecting thousands more, CHF 240,000 in funds was released from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society's (MRCS) relief efforts with food and non-food items.
In other developments, the East Asia regional disaster management programme continues to provide technical support to DPRK Red Cross, Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and MRCS in the areas of disaster risk reduction. The programme supports the national societies in reviewing and developing funding plans and proposals and conducting feasibility studies together with the national societies and discussing with potential donors and partner national society interested in supporting disaster risk reduction in the region.
The regional health programme supports the national societies of the region in various health programming, including HIV, blood donor recruitment, and emergency health and water and sanitation. The regional health programme has also been actively supporting the adaptation process of the International Federation's new community-based health and first aid approach in the regional countries.
Regional support to the national societies in communications, organizational development, planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and overall coordination continue to be a priority for the regional office.