PIROI, or the Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform, is part of the French Red Cross and reports to its International Relations and Operations Department (DROI), who have carried out a regional programme of disaster risk management (DRM) in the south-west Indian Ocean since the year 2000.
PIROI consists of different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: Comoros Red Crescent, French Red Cross, Malagasy Red Cross, Mauritius Red Cross, Mozambique Red Cross, Seychelles Red Cross, Tanzania Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR).
Based in Réunion Island, PIROI consolidates skills and resources close to vulnerable areas, thus improving adaptability and response to disasters. In addition PIROI’s regional intervention force relies on extensive regional networks and coverage: more than 800 local committees and over 35,000 active volunteers work with the seven program-member National Societies. Partnership agreements established with the IFRC and IOC (Indian Ocean Commission) in 2012 ensure PIROI is a key player in management of the region’s natural risks.