The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZCRS) has received replenishment stocks worth US$49,000 from the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to strengthen emergency response in natural disaster prone areas .
The stocks will allow ZRCS to pre-position itself in areas such as Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Manicaland provinces that have been affected by tropical cyclones.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of ZRCS Secretary General Elias Hwenga, the Society’s Director of Operations, Tapiwa Chadoka, paid tribute to the British and Finnish Red Cross Societies for providing initial support during the Tropical Depression Anna earlier this year.
“What we have witnessed here is an expression of the relationship and strength of the ZRCS that as a member of the Global International Moment of the Red Cross we are able to garner support to fulfill our mandate which is to deliver our mandate to everyone who needs it at the right time and on time. We thank the IFRC for the support provided to replenish all the stocks we used during the response to Cyclone Anna.
“Emergencies are happening now at a faster and more frequent rate than before and they are even more damaging than before. It is also the result of climate change and many other factors that are happening Without the support we receive from our partners in the Red Crescent Movement, the IFRC, ICRC, British and Finnish Red Cross, the national society may not be able to fulfill its mandate to protect the citizens of the Zimbabwe as an auxiliary to the government,” Chadoka said.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Ms Hillary Motsiri, who replaces IFRC Cluster Office Head, John Roche, said the restocking will go a long way in serving affected societies.
“The strength of the Red Cross is in the volunteers who are the people affected, the communities, etc. Supporting National Societies, there are repositioning stocks that have been donated to address issues that affected communities during the Anna Depression, including Tarps, Shelter Kits and others. When a disaster occurs we receive weather information and people are told to move to higher ground or whatever has to happen.
“However, there are also those who lose their blankets and shelters and we are ensuring that they receive them. National Societies in different provinces will receive some of these shelter kits, tarpaulins, blankets and all the other things we need so that we are prepared for the next disaster,” Motsiri said.
The resupply shipment consists of 510 tarps, 171 shelter tool kits, 680 cotton blankets, 20 plastic sheets, 340 mosquito nets, 500 boxes of face masks, 550 hand sanitizers, 510 climate management kits menstrual hygiene, 268 jerry cans, 1700 water seals, 260 bibs, 50 T-shirts and 310 raincoats.