German Red Cross
Being the National Red Cross Society and one of the central organisations of social welfare, German Red Cross covers a variety of sectors in Germany. Made up of approximately 140,000 staff members, 400,000 volunteers and almost 4 mio. members its tasks range from emergency rescue services and health care to tracing service, blood services and care for the elderly on to youth work, mountain and water rescue, first aid services and civil protection.
Regarding international co-operation GRC supports its sister societies currently in approximately 60 countries. Apart from emergency aid and rehabilitation / reconstruction in the aftermath of conflicts or natural disasters, the focus is placed on the following sectors: disaster risk reduction, water/hygiene, health, local capacity building and livelihood.
Under the BMZ-funded programme of social capacity building German Red Cross implements various disaster risk reduction projects, e.g. in Mozambique, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Philippines. These projects aim at strengthening capacities of particularly vulnerable parts of the population, fostering the capacities of the National Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies as well as linking up local actors, local authorities and government structures. Central elements are the effects of climate change and the consequential increase of extreme weather events. The integration of climate adaptation measures into development work is certainly one of the main topical challenges.
In the core area of blood services German RC focusses on the strengthening of the capacities of the National Societies and the involvement of governmental health structures. Such a programme is currently being implemented in Lao. German Red Cross can fall back on its long-standing experience in Germany.