Mexico: working with the Mexican Red Cross

Mexico: working with the Mexican Red Cross

The ICRC works in close collaboration with the Mexican Red Cross to mitigate the consequences of violence, increase the National Society’s presence and strengthen the resilience of communities affected by violence, including activities such as assistance for migrants, Restoring Family Links, increasing access to primary health care and the provision of psychosocial support.
Article 22 April 2020 Mexico

The Mexican Red Cross implements the Safer Access Framework to mitigate the risks volunteers are exposed to during operations. As a result, methodologies better adapted to the needs of each context have been developed and disseminated.

We worked together on the development of a national policy on security for the National Society. We also strengthened support for operational communication, which contributes to building acceptance of our organization's values, principles and way of working.

We worked with the Mexican Red Cross on the National Psychosocial Support Programme to strengthen assistance for communities affected by violence.

In Valle de Juárez (Chihuahua), we wound up the Creating Humanitarian Spaces programme that we had been implementing in schools in the area. We handed the complete methodological toolkit over to the Mexican Red Cross so that it can continue to run the programme that has benefited and strengthened communities affected by violence.

We contributed to the National Society's strategic alignment programme by holding sessions on ICRC policies and the Fundamental Principles. We also supported the National Society's participation in the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Abraham is a national youth ambassador. During the health fairs held at schools in Acapulco, he talks to children about cancer.

I think it is admirable that the Red Cross reaches these areas and promotes social inclusion, not just in schools but in society in general. I think that its concern for the most vulnerable is very important.

Facts and figures

71 National Society volunteers
were trained in operational communication at 4 workshops.
36 volunteers received training
of trainers to enable them to implement the Creating Humanitarian Spaces programme in Valle de Juarez (Chihuahua).
40 volunteers
took part in training of trainers courses to enable them to train national Restoring Family Links teams.
3,000 Safer Access manuals,
2,000 field operation planning cards and 1,000 psychosocial support guides were prepared and printed.
2,009 volunteers received
Safer Access training through 77 courses.
15 volunteers from branches in the border area in Tamaulipas
received training in Restoring Family Links services in the context of migration.