Last year more than 304,000 people lost their lives in natural and man-made emergencies, with millions more affected. In response to the growing number and intensity of floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and ongoing global conflicts we ensure the right people with the right skills are on the ground in the weeks and months after major disasters hit.
In 2010-11, we trained 6,124 aid workers in 26 different countries while our experienced humanitarian Members worked in over 80 countries worldwide.
Young refugee girls in Breidjing camp, Chad © UNHCR/Helene Caux
Monsoon rains came to Pakistan in July 2010 on a scale not seen for 80 years. More than a million homes were destroyed and 1,700 people were killed. This year flooding has affected 16 million people across the country.
Having set up a humanitarian training programme in Islamabad in March 2010, we were able to rapidly respond to humanitarian training needs on the ground. Since then we have been equipping Pakistani relief workers from hundreds of aid and community-based agencies with life-saving, disaster-response skills.
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January 2010 killed more than 230,000 people, while 1 million homes, 1,300 schools and 50 hospitals were lost.
In six months we equipped 964 Haitian nationals with vital skills in key humanitarian areas like Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Safety & Security, Logistics, Communications and Fleet Management.
Our training helped make sure that those who had been made homeless by the disaster were able to access clean water, as well as mitigating the spread of deadly diseases like cholera.
Haitian nurse Nicolette Bernard attended one of our courses, equipping her with vital skills to continue her life-saving work. We also trained 158 international aid workers who had been rapidly deployed to Haiti to support the relief effort.
Our 1,700 experienced humanitarian Members respond to emergencies all over the world, operating in over 80 countries last year. Whether delivering essential water and sanitation in East Africa, assessing needs of displaced communities in Libya, leading relief efforts following the Japan earthquake and tsunami or helping communities in Haiti, Uganda, Zimbabwe or further afield, RedR Members work at all levels of global disaster response.
In the last year our Recruitment Service has continued to match aid workers with assignments in a wide range of challenging situations, supporting life-saving humanitarian projects run by aid agencies like Save the Children, Merlin and Islamic Relief, to name but a few.