24,000 people in Pakistan benefit from Irish donations to the Red Cross

from Irish Red Cross
Published on 19 Aug 2010 View Original
Thursday 19 August 2010

Twenty four thousand people will be provided with essential hygiene parcels and food supplies this week, thanks to the €75,000, which the Irish Red Cross has transferred to the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement's Pakistan Monsoon Floods Appeal. This has been possible as a result of the generous donations received from people all over the country.

Hygiene parcels will be distributed to 2,955 families and will benefit 20,685 individuals. Urgent food supplies for 445 families will benefit a further 3,115 individuals in Pakistan. However the Irish Red Cross is appealing for more funds as the situation in Pakistan is still at a crisis stage and millions of people are at risk of water borne diseases and hunger.

Ms Sheila Callan, Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross Overseas Working Group said that the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement was now planning a fivefold increase in its response to Pakistan's monsoon "superflood".

"In the medium term, at least 6 million people will need emergency humanitarian assistance including safe water, tents and shelter materials, and medical help.

An eight-member Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) was deployed to Pakistan last week. It comprises specialists in relief, logistics, water and sanitation, health, shelter, early recovery, health, reporting, and media and communications. The FACT team is supporting the Pakistan Red Crescent Society in ongoing assessments, analysis and planning for the immediate emergency and future recovery activities," Sheila explained.

Since 21 July, with international support, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society has distributed relief to more than 250,000 people countrywide and its emergency medical teams have reached more than 30,000 people.

Donations to the Irish Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal are being accepted online at www.redcross.ie or by calling 1850 50 70 70.

Notes to the Editor

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has issued an appeal from €12.5 million, calling on all Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to give what they can. This appeal, when reached, will help 175,000 people for a 9 month period.

So far, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, with support from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has distributed aid to more than 250,000 people. It has also treated more than 30,000 people through its emergency health services.

There is a Red Cross Movement-wide response to this disaster. All components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are working together to address the needs of affected communities.

How you can help

Donations to the Irish Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal are being accepted online at www.redcross.ie or by calling 1850 50 70 70.

Cheque and postal orders should be marked for the relevant appeal and made payable to: Irish Red Cross, 16, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.