The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – Afghanistan delegation coordinates and directs international assistance following natural and man-made disasters in non-conflict situations in Afghanistan since 2001. The IFRC health and care support program to Afghan Red Crescent Society reflects IFRC Strategy 2020 and with the commitment to facilitate access to long-term funding in support to the government’s health care delivery system and to build the institutional capacity in leading and managing health programming throughout the country.
Health is a core program of ARCS aimed to contribute in strengthening the primary health care program in the country with strong emphasis on improving access to basic health services, health education, hygiene promotion, safe water and sanitary latrines, first aid and emergency health response. IFRC support to ARCS health and care programmes implemented in 34 provinces is focus to reduce health risk vulnerabilities and improve community resilience through integrated and community based health and care services through ARCS basic health clinics, mobile health teams, school-based youth health, community based health and first aid volunteers. It incorporates gender mainstreaming and beneficiary communication with active involvement of the communities in health care programming. The implementation of health programmes builds the capacity of ARCS health staff to deliver quality services, to lead and manage health programming effectively.
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies coordinates with International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and mobilize international assistance in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters. Further, its mandate is to build the long-term capacity of national societies through provision of technical and financial support with a strong emphasis on building resilient communities.