The skills, knowledge and expertise of our people are crucial to ongoing humanitarian efforts around the world. We are contributing to humanitarian responses in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific. We have offices in Melbourne, Fiji, and Jordan.
The map above shows where our people are deployed in the field as at August 2019.
Crises we are working on
Ebola Virus Disease – Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently facing the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), with more than 2,000 lives lost and 3,000 confirmed cases since the latest outbreak was declared on 1 August, 2018. RedR Australia deployed its first specialists to assist in the response across humanitarian coordination, and infrastructure and camp management.
Tropical Cyclone Idai – Mozambique
On March 14-15, 2019, Beira City in central Mozambique was struck by Tropical Cyclone Idai, causing more than 600 deaths, and leaving an estimated 1.85 million people in need of assistance. High winds and heavy rains caused flash flooding and destruction of infrastructure, properties and livelihoods. Through Australia Assists, RedR Australia has deployed specialists across coordination, education in emergencies, and shelter to support the humanitarian response.
Disaster Preparedness – Ethiopia
More than 80 percent of Ethiopia’s population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods. Through Australia Assists, RedR Australia has deployed specialists to help build the resilience of farmers and the wider agriculture sector so that communities can better respond to shocks. RedR Australia has also deployed specialists through Australia Assists to help strengthen the Ethiopian logistics sector, so that food aid can be more effectively delivered to where it is needed most.
Rohingya Crisis – Bangladesh and Myanmar
Since August 2017, escalating violence in Rhakine State, Myanmar, has caused more than 742,000 Rohingya refugees to flee to Cox’s Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh. This influx added to an estimated 200,000 Rohingya already settled in the area, leaving more than 900,000 Rohingya people now calling Cox’s Bazar home. It has since been labelled one of the world’s fastest-growing humanitarian crises. Since October 2017, RedR Australia has deployed 50 humanitarian specialists through Australia Assists to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar, including across WASH, protection, shelter and food security.
As the Syria conflict enters its ninth year, the humanitarian crisis that remains is far from over. More than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, seeking safety in neighbouring countries. Since May 2011, RedR Australia has deployed humanitarian specialists to support the refugee communities in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, across areas including protection, education, monitoring and evaluation, health and civil-military coordination.
Ambae – Vanuatu
In 2017, the island of Ambae, Vanuatu, faced the threat of a full volcanic eruption. In September 2017, the Government of Vanuatu declared a State of Emergency which led to the first evacuation and repatriation of the people of Ambae. In April 2018, the Government of Vanuatu declared another State of Emergency, which necessitated the second evacuation of Ambae’s population in August for the safety of the island’s communities. Since this time, through Australia Assists RedR Australia has deployed more than eight humanitarian specialists to support the responses of the National Disaster Management Office and UN agencies across Vanuatu.
The Pacific is one of the world’s most natural disaster prone regions, facing frequent threats of cyclones, flooding, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. RedR Australia has humanitarian specialists on the ground building the capacity of local emergency responders to ensure communities are prepared when disasters strike. RedR Australia has also deployed specialists who are supporting the Tropical Cyclone Pam recovery program.
In The Field
22 Jan 2021
Redefining resilience in the face of Covid-19
Through the Australian Government’s Australia Assists program, Nisarg, an emergency management specialist from Melbourne, joined UNRWA’s Covid-19 Response Taskforce as an Emergency Officer. UNRWA provides education, health, relief and social services, camp improvement, sanitation and hygiene to elig…
20 Jan 2021
Creating a long-term vision for ICT in education in the Pacific
For many people, education abruptly came to a halt due to COVID-19, causing a significant loss of le…