Humanitarian Aid Work & Development Programs
Spread over 15 low lying islands and atolls in the Pacific Ocean, Cook Islands is vulnerable to natural disasters, particularly cyclones. Its vast geography, coupled with its exposure to the environment, limited natural resources and shortage of skilled labour, creates a number of significant development issues for Cook Islands. Of particular concern are the lack of adequate services and increasing poverty experienced by a number of the smaller and more isolated islands.
We work with Cook Islands Red Cross (CIRC) to deliver the Pacific Disaster Management Program, which aims to reduce community vulnerability to natural hazards across the Pacific and other humanitarian aid and development programs.
Responding to disasters together
To help communities prepare for and respond to disasters, Cook Islands Red Cross and Australian Red Cross joined together in the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership in 2009.
We work with Cook Islands Red Cross to train staff, make sure relief supplies are well stocked, establish links with community-based health and first aid programs and prepare for disasters (taking climate change into account). The partnership is part of Australian Red Cross's long-term support for disaster management in the Pacific.