Finland will contribute EUR 3 million to the COVID-19 Emergency Appeal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help India, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Niger. Finland will help India with EUR 1 million and the other three countries with nearly EUR 500,000 each. The Finnish Red Cross will also provide material assistance.
The overall funding requirement for the IFRC appeal is around EUR 2.3 billion, and it is severely underfunded. At the moment, the appeal has received contributions amounting to EUR 1.59 billion.
“It is important to show solidarity with the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Overcoming the coronavirus across the world will benefit Finland, too. By supporting the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, we are efficiently responding to the coronavirus pandemic even in the most difficult conditions,” says Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari.
Finland’s contribution will be channeled via the Finnish Red Cross.
The COVID-19 pandemic remains serious across the world and is particularly hard on already fragile states. The IFRC appeal will allocate support to healthcare sectors, to addressing the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to vaccine rollout, including vaccine transports, organisation of vaccinations and sharing of information about vaccines.