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Ahmed Muhammed

Ahmed Muhammed

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Donor Advisory Group visited Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) from October 9-13, 2017 to assess the drought response by ERCS in Bidu, Afar regional state.
 
Dr. Ahmed Reja, President of ERCS welcoming DAG delegation at ERCS Training Center During their meeting, Dr. Ahmed Reja, President of ERCS called on the IFRC to extend its support for Ethiopia's efforts towards building a resilient society. Dr. Ahmed stated the Society’s need to give attention to support government's endeavors in building a resilient community - the capability to withstand natural and man-made disasters. Enhancing water supply in the drought-prone areas would have lasting effect in improving the community's drought resilience capacity, Dr. Ahmed noted.
 
During their discussion with ERCS higher officials, Dr. Jemillah Mahmood, IFRC Under-Secretary General said that IFRC has been closely working with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society to address the critical needs of drought affected citizens. She said we have witnessed that ERCS have been engaged with local communities to build their drought resilience capacity. Dr. Jemilah noted that the delegation has assessed the magnitude of the problem with a view to mobilizing donors' support to people affected by the drought. Praising the role, the Society has been playing in responding to the drought, the Under-Secretary General has also reaffirmed the IFRC's support to ERCS endeavors.
 
 
From right to left: W/ro Frehiwot Worku, ERCS SG, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under-SG and Ato Getachew Taa, IFRC EAIOI cluster head discussing with Bidu Woreda community leaders, Afar.
 
ERCS Secretary General W/ro Frehiwot Worku on her part said the Society has been closely working with partners including IFRC to address the drought. She noted that the Society has distributed supplementary food, restocking, water trucking and non-food items, among others to the affected people. Stressing the active participation of all actors in the drought response; she also called on IFRC and other stakeholders to support the Society's effort. It is learned that during its stay in Ethiopia, the delegation led by Dr. Jemila Mahmood will pay a courtesy visit with Dr. Mulatu Teshome President of the Country and Patron of Ethiopian Red Cross Society; will hold discussion with government ministers of health, water, national disaster management commission, among others, and the President of the Afar Regional State and relevant local authorities in Semera; last but not list will pay visit to Bidu woreda of Afar to assess the IFRC support given to the affected communities.
 
A delegate from the International Humanitarian Assistance Operation, Global Affairs Canada paid an official visit to the Ethiopian Red Cross society.The visit basically aims to discuss on the status and challenges faced in implementing Strengthening Emergency Response in Africa (SERA).
 
During the discussion held on October 3, 2017 at the society board room W/o Frehiowt Worku, Secretary General of the Ethiopian Red CrossSociety explained the structural adjustments the Society has been undertaking in recent years to meet the emerging needs and the income sources together with the resource mobilization activities to the delegate. Putting the need for the SERA project forward, “SERA has been a key component in our strategic works”, she stated.
 
The Secretary General underscored that the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) which is underway has to be priority issue as system development is important for people to operate through. Putting forth the working relationship of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) with the Movement Members, Wro Frehiwot added any partnering body with the Societyis supposed to come up with at least three years project that has sustainable impact.
 
Helen Barrette, on her part, forwarded that ERCS is among the strongest from the two SERA projects being implemented in Latin America and Africa.
 
 
Mr. Mohammad Araghi, Director General of International Affairs of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) payed a one day visit to Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) on 24 August 2017.
 
Mr. Araghi expressed the interest of IRCS to work in partnership with ERCS in areas of health. He also stated that both societies can work in the production of emergency relief items such nonfood items and essential shelters.
 
Mrs. Frehiwot Worku, Secretary General of ERCS on her part said “we want to maintain and improve the emergency health area by learning from the best practices of IRCS and work together in setting up emergency health clinic in Addis Ababa that would supplement our ambulance services and emergency care.”
 
“As a strategic direction, our Society has established a business development sector that is supposed to generate resources for humanitarian interventions; therefore, an experience from the Iranian Red Crescent business enterprises in medical and medical equipment production will help a lot to start our own here in Ethiopia”, she added.
 
Mr. Engida Mandefro, Deputy Secretary General for programs and Dr. Solomon Ali, Head of Humanitarian Diplomacy, Governance and membership Affairs briefed Mr. Araghi on current status and prospects of ERCS.

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