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WORLD RED CROSS DAY: Series of films will capture Red Cross volunteers and local teams helping vulnerable communities around the world in a year of huge challenges

 

Series of films will capture Red Cross volunteers and local teams helping vulnerable communities around the world in a year of huge challenges.

The first-of-its-kind four-part series, On the ground: Humanitarians in Action, uses GoPro cameras to capture Red Cross volunteers and local teams helping vulnerable communities around the world in a year of huge challenges. It’s in partnership with Land Rover, who have partnered the IFRC for more than 66 years and supplied funding, vehicles and expertise.

Coronavirus lockdowns, travel bans and other major disruption created a huge need for rapid, effective help. Local medical personnel, health workers and community volunteers all provided care, treatment and support. Recent findings from the IFRC include:

  • Before the pandemic National Societies reached 1 in 79 people globally. This is now 1 in 12
  • Almost 14 million local volunteers now support their national Red Cross or Red Crescent society, with hundreds of thousands joining since the start of the pandemic
  • 79.5 million people received food and benefited from water and sanitation programmes and other support
  • 9.7 million people were tested for Covid-19 and 4 million people in isolation received support
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent Society volunteers and staff vaccinated nearly 100,000 people in remote and hard-to-reach places
  • Land Rover has enabled the Red Cross to reach isolated and vulnerable communities, with 267 vehicles loaned to national societies
  • These vehicles have covered over 500,000 miles (804,672km) to reach people in crisis to help them respond and recover
  • Over 12 months Land Rover has supported 13 UK and international emergency responses through the British Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Alliance


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