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Video: Australian Red Cross aid workers respond to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

About Red Cross aid workers

From treating weapons-wounded patients in a field hospital to preventing the spread of water-borne diseases after a flood, Red Cross aid workers are there for people in their most vulnerable times.

Each year Australian Red Cross sends over 100 specialist aid workers overseas. Their expertise complements the work of thousands of local Red Cross staff and volunteers on the ground - whether in times of disaster or armed conflict, or to support long-term community development.

The Australian Government has supported Red Cross to send aid workers overseas since 1990.

What aid workers did in 2013/2014

  • Coordinated shelter for people who lost their homes during Typhoon Haiyan
  • Created a system to swiftly collect and analyse data during disease outbreaks
  • Helped provide clean water and sanitation in remote and inaccessible Timorese villages
  • Provided life-saving medical care for Syrian refugees fleeing armed conflict
  • Helped factor climate change into disaster risk reduction plans in the Pacific
  • Helped speed the hearing and court process for detainees in Afghanistan
  • Improved the quality of treatment for tuberculosis patients in prison in Kyrgyzstan
  • Set up therapeutic feeding programs for malnourished children in Somalia

Read our aid workers annual report for more information.

Where do aid workers work?

Aid workers are sent to the most vulnerable parts of the world, sometimes within 24-48 hours in the case of en emergency.

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Photo: Courtesy Catherine Gearing

Aid workers respond to Typhoon Haiyan


Supporting people though their physical, emotional and economic recovery from Typhoon Haiyan.
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Whats the Difference

Australian Red Cross sends both aid workers and skilled volunteers overseas, depending on the needs of our partners.

Aid workers have the specialist expertise to respond to disasters or conflicts as they arise, while volunteers are everyday Australians who donate a year or more of their careers to development work around the world.