6-month update highlights Red Cross response efforts
More than six months have passed since the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and the human costs continue to mount. People have left everything behind to flee with their lives, thousands of civilians have been killed and injured, and many are in urgent need of protection. Schools, health facilities, homes and other infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed.
The American Red Cross and the global Red Cross Red Crescent network have been working around the clock to provide assistance and meet the needs of those affected by this devastating crisis. The American Red Cross’s response to the conflict is highlighted in a new 6-month update.
“We will continue to assist with immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resilience or other essential humanitarian services as needed, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries,” said Koby Langley, senior vice president, service to the armed forces and international services for the American Red Cross.
“With such vast and endless needs in sight, the Red Cross network is ready for a long-term response to help affected families recover,” Langley said.
The global response of the Red Cross
As the conflict continues, the global Red Cross Red Crescent network is committed to providing long-term support to individuals and families suffering from the traumatic effects of the ongoing violence. Teams provided essential humanitarian relief items; health care services, including mental health services; emergency cash and voucher assistance; and water and sanitation services; as well as assisting with voluntary evacuations of conflict-torn communities.
The role of the American Red Cross
Bringing much-needed assistance to those affected by this destructive conflict is a team effort, and the American Red Cross is working closely with partners across the global Red Cross Red Crescent network and other organizations to provide help where it is most needed.
The American Red Cross has already contributed more than $53 million to relief efforts in Ukraine. This includes $40.3 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to meet some of the most urgent needs of affected residents and displaced families, including food, shelters, critical care items and first aid. The American Red Cross has also donated $2 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support life-saving assistance in Ukraine, $1.9 million to the Romanian Red Cross to support shelters for refugees and $8.8 million to the Danish Red Cross to help provide food and non-perishable food, first aid kits, blankets and hygiene kits to internally displaced people Ukraine.
Additionally, the American Red Cross donated $6 million to food partner World Central Kitchen to provide meals to people in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
The American Red Cross has deployed 26 international responders to Poland, Moldova, Hungary and Romania to support the international Red Cross operation helping families who have fled their homes. These highly trained crisis responders – who lend skills such as information management, cash assistance programming, GIS systems, communications and crisis management – assist relief efforts on the ground alongside local teams, including the Polish Red Cross, the Moldovan Red Cross and the Romanian Red Cross.
The American Red Cross provides expert technical advice and leadership for cash assistance programs within the global Red Cross network. Together with our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners, we were the first to provide more than $900 million in cash assistance worldwide to people in need over the past two years. This experience continues to help people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
Finally, the American Red Cross has sent 50 trained personnel to Europe to support the emergency communication needs of the US military during this crisis so they can stay in touch with loved ones back home. In keeping with our long history of supporting military families, SAF Red Cross volunteers also distribute comfort kits containing hygiene items and other necessities to military members as well as U.S. Department of State personnel. .
As the conflict continues and families take the next steps, the Red Cross will be there to meet the needs of those who need it most. To learn more about the Red Cross Red Crescent global humanitarian network and how we are working together to help those facing the devastating effects of this crisis, please visit redcross.org/Ukraine.