DG ECHO provides 6 million Euros to Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners for emergency relief operation in Syria

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The Danish Red Cross (DRC) in collaboration with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies, and the German Red Cross (GRC) received a grant of Euro 6 million from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to continue the provision of Emergency Health, Relief and Response capacity building in support of the population affected by the Syrian Crisis between 1st May 2016 and 30th April 2017. The involved partners will top up the grant with Euro 315,790 from their own funds.

Syria witnessed a significant escalation of its crisis in 2016 with an estimated 13.52 million people; including 6 million children, in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. Survival is a daily challenge particularly for those 4.5 million people in besieged and hard-to-reach locations. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners have scaled up their operations in Syria to attend an ever-growing number of people in need. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent continues to deliver the majority of relief throughout the country.

This grant will enable SARC to provide emergency health and relief assistance to 519,380 vulnerable people through support to 18 Emergency Health Points (EHPs) that offer emergency health care services to the injured and displaced population; distribute 62,000 shelter relief items to improve the living condition of displaced people; and distribute baby kits to 70,000 families with infants and babies to meet their hygiene needs. This action will also contribute to the ongoing Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partner’s initiative to strengthen SARC’s emergency response by supporting SARC’s logistic and emergency communications capacity.

ECHO has been supporting the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners in Syria since the beginning of the crisis through five consecutive funding decisions that enabled the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to deliver lifesaving emergency relief and health services benefiting millions of conflict-affected people.

Together with its humanitarian partners the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.