TC Winston

Fiji Red Cross to support 65k people affected by TC Winston

Fiji Red Cross has concluded a successful two-day meeting with partners on its Tropical Cyclone Winston operation, with a commitment from Red Cross Movement partners to a year-long Emergency Plan of Action. Fiji Red Cross aims to help 65,000 people over the next year with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and […]

Peni Shute

April 16, 2016 8:38 am

Fiji Red Cross has concluded a successful two-day meeting with partners on its Tropical Cyclone Winston operation, with a commitment from Red Cross Movement partners to a year-long Emergency Plan of Action.

Martin Faller, IFRC head of operations, Asia Pacific (left), Filipe Nainoca, FRCS Director General (middle), Kathryn Clarkson, IFRC head of country cluster support team, Pacific (left). (Fiji Red Cross)
Martin Faller, IFRC head of operations, Asia Pacific (left), Filipe Nainoca, FRCS Director General (middle), Kathryn Clarkson, IFRC head of country cluster support team, Pacific (left). (Fiji Red Cross)

Fiji Red Cross aims to help 65,000 people over the next year with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Australian Red Cross, New Zealand Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other internal and external partners.

Director General of Fiji Red Cross, Mr Filipe Nainoca said the meeting has enabled all those involved in the cyclone response to harmonise their contributions.

We are united, open and eager to support a common approach. We are keen to hear new ideas and initiatives. It has been a very open process and we hope to continue down that path.

Working collaboratively and strengthening our partnerships and cooperation will ensure the needs of affected communities are properly addressed. It also means the long term strategic goals of Fiji Red Cross are taken into account.

Mr Nainoca said approximately $1.6 million worth of emergency aid was received from partners and distributed to the affected communities.

Head of IFRC’s Suva office, Kathryn Clarkson said it is heartening to see so many partners working together to support Fiji Red Cross.

We are very proud of how quickly Fiji Red Cross has responded to this disaster. Much of that is due to its strong and extensive network of volunteers and its disaster preparedness work.

IFRC has launched an appeal for 7 million Swiss francs, to assist 50,000 of those affected by the cyclone, which is only 41 per cent covered. We are seeking additional contributions so that Fiji Red Cross can meet the extensive recovery needs that still exist.

The Fiji Red Cross has assisted more than 10,000 households which represent more than 50,000 people. About 250 staff and volunteers from 15 Red Cross branches are supporting people in the affected areas.

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