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Red Cross sees record outlays for humanitarian aid

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2241
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, expects spending for delivering vital humanitarian aid to rise by as much as 10% on last year’s record of SFr1097.8bn (£630bn; €730; $1000bn).

    The funding includes medical interventions for millions of victims of violent conflicts, economic crises, and natural disasters.

    “Afghanistan, Somalia, and Pakistan are three examples of countries where natural disasters and high food prices have made life even harder for people already struggling to cope with the effects of war,” Mr Kellenberger said, presenting the agency’s annual report for 2008.

    “The people who we try to help are among the most vulnerable and among the weakest in the worst situations,” Mr Kellenberger told reporters.

    Last year the committee carried out humanitarian work in 83 countries worldwide, which included supporting 284 hospitals and 394 healthcare facilities, which treated nearly …

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