The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is organized into four Business groups in Geneva and five Business Groups in the field, namely the Regional Offices for Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Africa Regional Business Group is organized through cluster offices covering the National Societies in Eastern Africa, West Coast Cluster, Southern Africa, Sahel and Central Africa as well as country offices in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Chad, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in its commitment to building strong National Societies and to supporting scaling up of National Societies’ services to the most vulnerable populations, has in 2013 established a Country cluster Office in Nigeria. This Cluster Office is charged with the responsibility of supporting the National societies of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo in developing their long-term strategic direction and generating resources to support a framework designed to address the needs of individuals and communities across a range of service delivery areas particularly focused on health and disaster risk management. On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.
As early as 8 December 2019, the first cases presented symptoms similar to the SARS coronavirus, which belongs to the subgenre Sarbecovirus. The coronavirus, which is causing the pneumonia outbreak, was declared by WHO as a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging health systems across the world. Rapidly increasing demand for care of people with COVID-19 is compounded by fear, misinformation and limitations on the movement of people and supplies that disrupt the delivery of frontline health care for all people. Ministries of Health across the cluster has repeatedly recognised the Red Cross as a key stakeholder in preparedness and response to COVID-19. NS has provided support at different levels since COVID-19 was first reported across the West Coast Cluster and is involved in all the strategic and thematic group meetings. At present, Ministries of Health has assigned NS to manage risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) activities, in addition to community-based surveillance through contact tracing.
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Closing date: 9th June 2020