Humanitarian Aid Work & Development Programs
With a tiny population of just over 12,000 people, Tuvalu is one of the smallest and most remote countries on earth. Scattered across 1,295,000 square kilometres of ocean, the country consists of six atolls and three islands. The capital of Funafuti sits on a coral atoll that is just 400 metres at its widest point. No point of the country is more than 4.5 metres above sea level, making it particularly vulnerable to flooding, typhoons, rising sea levels and other natural disasters. Tuvalu is politically stable and performing well on economic and social indicators, but employment opportunities need to be created for its population, in order to sustain economic growth.
Working with Tuvalu Red Cross in humanitarian aid and development, we are helping this tiny nation to prepare for and respond to disasters though the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership.
Responding to disasters together
To help communities prepare for and respond to disasters, Tuvalu Red Cross and Australian Red Cross joined together in the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership in 2009.
We work with Tuvalu 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 humanitarian support for disaster management in the Pacific.