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IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Office Lauds IRCS for Supporting Myanmar Displaced People
TEHRAN, 15 October 2019 (IRCS) – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)’s Asia Pacific Regional Director Xavier Castellanos has appreciated the National Societies, which supported displaced people of Rakhine State of Myanmar in Bangladesh.
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In a letter to Presidents and Secretaries General of the National Societies, including the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr, Castellanos wrote: “On behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the support your national society has been providing to the IFRC’s Bangladesh population movement emergency appeal. The operation continues delivering lifesaving and life changing assistance to people from Rakhine and host communities in Cox’s Bazar.”
“The IFRC has been supporting the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and Movement partners to deliver humanitarian assistance to people in need, enhancing preparedness for response, strengthening community resilience, and fostering social cohesion. In view of the ongoing humanitarian needs, IFRC is developing a multi-year response plan to demonstrate a joint Red Cross Red Crescent long term strategy for the crisis. We will continue to engage all partners during the planning process and will be sharing further details in the upcoming weeks.
Again, thank you for your solidarity and support in addressing humanitarian needs in this continuing crisis.” the letter added.
The crisis of displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on August 2017, which led to the mass influx of Rakhine citizens to Bangladesh.
Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) immediately responded to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)’s appeal to support the influx of Rohingya displaced people.
IRCS sent its first humanitarian consignment including relief, food and medicine to Bangladesh. Iranian Red Crescent sent three consignments for this crisis, totally, more than 100 tones. IRCS also sent experienced relief workers to provide relief services to the displaced people of Rohyngia.
In addition, at the request of the IFRC, the Basic Health Care Unit (BHCU) of the IRCS consisting of physicians and nurses deployed as part of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Federation to Bangladesh in November 2017 and stayed there until March 2017. In total, three 14-member teams from Khorasan-e Razavi, Isfahan, and East Azerbaijan provincial Red Crescent branches participated in Bangladesh ERU operation.
Furthermore, the IRCS clinic in Tasnim ulkula camp was active for 4 months, and 300 patients were visited by doctors on a daily basis. All the services, including visitations, laboratory services, hospitalizing, and medicines were offered to the patients for free.