After 12 years of operations that included
assisting 230,000 internally displaced persons fleeing Kosovo in 1999 and
700,000 refugees fleeing Croatia and Bosnia, the IRC program in Serbia
and Montenegro closes next week.
The program's main activities included emergency food and non-food distributions, a nationwide pharmacy network, medical advocacy and referrals, support for asylum seekers, psychosocial assistance, shelter projects, repatriation aid to Bosnia and Croatia, health education for the Roma community, micro-enterprise development and support to local aid organizations.
In the last few years, the Serbia program coordinated closely with other IRC offices, local groups, development organizations and government agencies to ensure a smooth transition from humanitarian to development activities, and to provide durable solutions for refugees and displaced persons deciding whether to return home or integrate in Serbia and Montenegro.