In El Salvador, insecurity and violence have become structural problems that affect more youth, women and the general population every day. Under this approach to safety and protection of the integrity of the National Society of El Salvador, there is a need to increase the National Society’s capacity to facilitate the actions of the Red Cross and its recognition in the country.
Violent crime rose sharply in 2014; official sources recorded 1,857 homicides in the first six months of the year, while the figure for the same period in 2013 was 1,048. The rise was thought to be due to the reported collapse of the truce between rival criminal gangs.
President Sánchez Cerén of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front took office on June 2014, and it is expected that this change will provide the National Society with more opportunities, especially in the areas of health, disasters, violence prevention, among others.