LAST March 14, 2022, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) donated $50,000.00 to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society’s response to people affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In a letter to the president of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, Professor Mykola Yefremovych, PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon, on behalf of the PRC Board of Governors, volunteers, and staff, extended solidarity with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society in providing humanitarian assistance to people who have become vulnerable because of the war.
PRC’s donation was in response to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ emergency appeal. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is currently providing humanitarian assistance to populations displaced by the Russia-Ukraine war. Among the support provided by ICRC so far are cash assistance for the purchase of fuel; food; hygiene products; and medical equipment for hospitals and primary healthcare facilities. The ICRC has set up water stations, as the war has caused water services disruptions. ICRC has also provided housing repair support to those whose homes were damaged.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started on February 24, 2022. The ICRC president, Peter Maurer, expressed grave concern for Ukrainian communities. He reiterated that international humanitarian law must be upheld and that civilians and essential services must be protected.