Wednesday 5 May 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Land Rover will today premiere the first of a series of short films showing how local teams are the future of emergency response efforts.
The first-of-its-kind four-part series, On the ground: Humanitarians in Action, uses GoPro cameras to capture Red Cross volunteers and local teams helping vulnerable communities around the world in a year of huge challenges. IFRC staff and volunteers used Land Rover vehicles to reach people on three continents – the latest example of a long-running humanitarian partnership.
Each film captures life-changing moments of humanity and crisis, from the streets of Italy, where homeless people are more vulnerable than ever, to the communities still rebuilding their lives after the devastating Australian bushfires in 2020. Local teams also teach life-saving skills to people in remote Mexican communities and support those hit hardest by coronavirus in the UK.
The IFRC’s Facebook Live page today hosts an exclusive premiere of the films, along with a panel discussion titled ‘The future of crisis response is local: how communities stepped up to the pandemic’.
Coronavirus lockdowns, travel bans and other major disruption created a huge need for rapid, effective help. Local medical personnel, health workers and community volunteers all provided care, treatment and support. Recent findings from the IFRC include:
Nena Stoiljkovic, IFRC Under Secretary General for Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization, said: “We have seen during this year, like no other, that the future of emergency response is local. Communities have gone above and beyond to support each other and their most vulnerable people.
“However, the capacity to respond locally varies vastly by country and area. International organisations like ours need to work with local communities leveraging our National Societies and put their expertise and resources towards strengthening local capacity and addressing inequality.”
Land Rover and the IFRC network have worked together for more than 66 years in one of the world’s longest-standing corporate/humanitarian relationships. Throughout this time, Land Rover has facilitated the IFRC’s life-saving work through funding, vehicles and expertise.
Finbar McFall, Land Rover Brand Director, said: “This last year has been exceptionally challenging for people all over the world and Land Rover is prouder than ever to work with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
“These films capture the commitment of the IFRC’s staff and volunteers and the vital importance of going above and beyond to support people at a local level.”