The Asia-Pacific region is home to over 4.6 billion people – nearly 60 per cent of the world’s population. Asia and the Pacific continues to be a fast-growing and dynamic region. The overall trend for urbanization will see an estimated 2.5 billion people or 55% of the population living in urban areas by 2030. However, almost 500 million people in the region still do not have access to at least basic water supplies, and 1.14 billion lack access to basic sanitation. As the most disaster-prone region in the world, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are compounded by the impact of natural hazards. In 2021, the IFRC Asia-Pacific region supported a record number of emergency operations: 52 emergency operations, reaching 3.7 million people in 18 countries. Out of these figures, 46 operation have a WASH component reaching 1.6 million people with WASH services. This is in addition to the 34 National Society Response Plans launched for COVID.
The Asia Pacific region includes 38 National Societies and IFRC supports the region through eight country delegations (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Philippines) and five country cluster delegations (Bangkok, Beijing, Jakarta, New Delhi and Suva), each covering a cluster of countries. Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore each receive direct support from the regional office.
Advocacy and strategic material
Red Cross Red Crescent materials
Country specific resources
South East Asia
Republic of Korea
Papua New Guinea