In order to ensure medical professionals and Red Crescent volunteers are fully protected, PIROI recently dispatched a new consignment of PPE. The equipment sent by PIROI – which is intended for healthcare workers and Comoros Red Crescent volunteers – has been further supplemented by donations of masks (from Reunion’s Departmental Council) and antigen tests (from Reunion’s Regional Public Health Authority) for the Comorian health authorities.
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The French Red Cross in the Comoros
The French Red Cross has been working alongside Comoros Red Crescent since 1999. FRC is currently conducting three development projects in-country, in the fields of healthcare, disaster risk reduction, and the fight against gender based violence, benefiting 50,000 people overall.
Ever since the beginning of the pandemic the French Red Cross has been assisting Comoros Red Crescent and the country’s Ministry for Health to limit the impact of the health crisis on local populations. Teams carry out disinfection (in Covid patient care centres, and in homes following burials), monitor and detect cases in local communities, maintain proper access to water and hygiene at healthcare centres and Covid patient care centres, and organise “roadshows” to raise public awareness about protective measures.
The FRC’s main partners in the Comoros are the French Development Agency, the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, Mayotte’s Departmental Council, and the European Union through its Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) and INTERREG regional cooperation programme.