The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have joined hands to boost the delivery of emergency medical and health services during humanitarian crises.
An MoU was signed between WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and IFRC Secretary-General Mr Jagan Chapagain, to cooperate in implementing the Emergency Medical Team (EMT) initiative.
Dr Ghebreyesus said that with the Covid-19 pandemic and the significant increase in emergencies around the world, this agreement could not come at a better time.
Mr Chapagain stressed that IFRC is committed to working in collaboration with WHO in providing life-saving health services to communities affected by humanitarian emergencies.
Mr Chapagain further said that this agreement will allow both organizations to standardize emergency health response work and provide increased support for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which play such a crucial role in emergency response.
“We are very committed to working together with WHO to provide quality emergency health services that communities desperately need in times of crisis,” added Mr Chapagain.
The collaboration is expected to bring more synergies to health emergency response between the two international organizations, particularly in technical standards, accountability, and coordination.
“It aligns the IFRC’s system with that of the WHO Emergency Medical Teams global classification system, in doing so recognizing the IFRC’s Emergency Response Units as EMTs and heightens the involvement of IFRC teams and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the capacity building efforts of the EMT network,” said the WHO.