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Kaisa Sirén

The Finnish Red Cross arranges its first national disaster-preparedness exercise called Midwinter rehearsals on the 16th of February.

Taru Tuohiniemi / Finnish Red Cross

The disaster in Southeastern Asia in 2004 began one of the largest aid operations in the history of the Red Cross. The aid workers of the Finnish Red Cross helped in evacuating Finnish people from the tsunami area and offered emotional support in Finland. After the acute phase, an aid project, which lasted for seven years, began. In Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia, thousands of buildings were built and healthcare was improved.

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Mauri Ratilainen / Suomen Punainen Risti

When the disaster struck, 3,700 Finnish people were in the tsunami area. The Finnish Red Cross helped with the evacuations and provided emotional support in Finland.

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Jukka Uotila / The Finnish Medical Association

The ‘Paperittomat’ network (‘the undocumented network’): Equal access to healthcare services is a fundamental human right.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Since last August, nurse Tiina Saarikoski has been in charge of the International Red Cross cholera operation in Sierra Leone.

Sana Tarabishi

Syria is in dire need of help. All aid materials are quickly distributed to those in need.

Joe Cropp / IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross supports the flood operations in the Philippines by donating €50,000 from the Disaster Relief Fund.

Sarah Oughton / IFRC

The Sahel area countries are experiencing a food crisis affecting over 16 million people. The need for humanitarian aid in the Sahel area is extreme.

P. Yazdi

Particularly Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are headed towards a humanitarian crisis due to drought. The Red Cross provides relief aid to the areas in most critical condition.

IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross launches an emergency appeal for funds on March 14. The Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund needs donations to prepare for helping victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Noora Kero

Each morning around six o’clock, Finnish Red Cross aid worker Pauli Immonen wakes up in his tent at the Port-au-Prince airport. Having had breakfast, he is off to the logisticians’ meeting at the nerve centre of the International Red Cross, the main camp, from which the Haiti operation is coordinated.

Noora Kero

Nikenson Fabre (29) has an important role at the Finnish Red Cross mobile clinic in Port-au-Prince.

Over a two-week period, Finns have donated some EUR 2,5 million to the Finnish Red Cross Haiti Collection. Until now, funded by the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and ECHO, the FRC has sent to Haiti a mobile clinic, a field hospital operating theatre, a hospital ward with 100 beds, aid supplies, and 34 aid workers

The International Red Cross is preparing to help quake victims in Haiti over at least a three-year period. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimate that some 60,000 families, or some 300,000 people, are in need of aid. The IFRC now estimates that providing them with aid over three years will cost a total of EUR 73 million.

A second batch of relief supplies leaves the Finnish Red Cross logistics centre in Tampere today, en route to Haiti. The supplies, including 240 family tents big enough to house a family of six, are first transported to Berlin by lorry. Also bound for Germany are 600 tarpaulins which can be used to build temporary shelters. In Berlin the Finnish supplies will join a German Red Cross field hospital and be flown to Port-au-Prince.

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