Lying on the equator halfway between Australia and Hawaii, Kiribati is one of the least developed and poorest nations in the Pacific Island region. The group of 33 islands are spread over vast distances and experience typhoons and cyclones. The population of Kiribati is set to double over the next 20 years, which will intensify environmental, health and infrastructure problems. Inadequate sanitation, violence, gender inequality, disabilities and climate change - particularly sea level rise - are all significant development issues for Kiribati.
As with a number of other Pacific nations, we work with Kiribati in the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership, to help vulnerable nations like Kiribati deal with natural disasters.
Responding to disasters together
To help communities prepare for and respond to disasters, Kirbati Red Cross and Australian Red Cross joined together in the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership in 2009.
We work with Kirbati 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.