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Humanitarian Aid Work & Development Programs

Mongolia is a landlocked country whose economy relies on agriculture, livestock and mining. Natural disasters, from snow-melt floods to grassfires to harsh winter snows, can be devastating to rural communities.

Over half of Mongolia's population lives in the capital Ulaanbaatar, with shanty towns and tents surrounding the main city. Many are vulnerable to hazards such as pollution, earthquakes and disease.

Australian Red Cross and Mongolian Red Cross Society have worked together since 2004 to help communities become more resilient to disasters and disease through various humanitarian aid and development programs.

Mapping risks, finding solutions

Red Cross conducted a countrywide assessment in 2013, focussing on how different disasters affect different communities, and identifying risk factors and practical ways for people to protect themselves.

The assessment led many communities to establish their own emergency services, or reduce their risks by restoring dams or building floodwalls.

Read a story or watch a video about the project.

Saving lives when buildings fall

Ulaanbaatar has experienced over 40 tremors in the last 20 years - a large earthquake could be devastating.

Red Cross is working to minimise injury and loss of life in the event of an earthquake, by helping schools to develop emergency procedures and safety drills, and by training and equipping first aid teams across the city.

Watch video or read story.

Strengthening Red Cross

A strong and well-resourced National Society is the best way to reach the most vulnerable people across a country. Australian Red Cross is committed to supporting Mongolia Red Cross through skilled volunteers and by sharing resources, systems, methodologies and best practice.


Photos: Mareike Guensche (Australian Red Cross)