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Guatemala- IFRC Operations Update Guatemala: Volcanic Eruption

The GRC deployed a support team from its headquarters to Escuintla to carry out a needs assessment and provide support and guidance to Restoring Family Links (RFL), psychological support (PSS) actions and the provision of medical care in the collective centres.
Furthermore, using its ambulances, the GRC is providing support to the transfers of burn patients. In addition, the GRC has opened 15 collection centres to receive food and non-food items, including blankets, cleaning kits and cots.
The Guatemalan Red Cross develops national-level actions as established in the National Response Plan, which also determines the operational structure, lines of action and procedures that facilitate disaster response; the National Society has 100 staff members, 21 branches and more than 1,684 volunteers nationwide. The GRC has implemented a cash transfer programme (CTP) in its last two Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) operations, one of which was completed in the last week of December 2017 and well received by the target community.
Overview of Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in country
There are Partner National Societies (PNSs) present in the country such as the Spanish Red Cross and Norwegian Red Cross, IFRC and the ICRC, with which the GRC president, general director and staff maintain permanent institutional cooperation and coordination for both the programming of activities and accountability and resource management, among other relevant areas.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Original Publication Date: 
03 Jul 2018
Document type: 
Progress Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC)
Guatemala: Fuego Volcano - Jun 2018