- Who are we?
The East Asia regional office (EARO) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is based in Beijing, China, and provides support to the five National Red Cross Societies in East Asia: China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK). The IFRC EARO has a status agreement with the Government of China and functions as a regional office and representation of the IFRC and as country office in providing direct support to the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC). EARO is managing IFRC country representations which are integrated in the national societies in DPRK, Japan and Mongolia. It is part of the IFRC Asia Pacific Zone whose headquarters are in Kuala Lumpur.
EARO consists of a team of national and international experts with the capacity to provide support to the East Asia National Societies (EANS) in community-based programming, disaster preparedness and response, health and care, disaster risk reduction, organizational development, communications, programme management and coordination. It also supports capacity in planning, monitoring and reporting, logistics, finance and administration.
The IFRC also supports partner national societies working with RCSC and other EANS. At the beginning of 2012, the EARO hosted offices of the American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society, Netherlands Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross1 , and the Global Road Safety Programme.