Globally, as of March 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has directly claimed nearly three million lives and continues to put lives, health, education, livelihoods, peace and almost every aspect of the society at risk.
Over 14 months since the pandemic was declared, governments, health systems, humanitarian organizations and communities are still struggling to save lives and mitigate the socio-economic consequences.
The British Red Cross (BRC) has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis in a variety of ways, with an overarching principle of contributing to a well-coordinated Movement effort, led at country level by National Societies. By the end of the first year of its response, BRC had provided bilateral support to 36 National Societies in its priority regions, branches in the British Overseas Territories, and through its domestic programme in the UK.
IRMA was commissioned by BRC to conduct a review to provide a succinct assessment of the effectiveness and quality of BRC’s actions, and to share practical ways to improve response design and management for Year 2 of the response and major/global crises in the future.
IRMA’s co-founder, Marilise Turnbull, conducted this review with support from Coverdell Fellow, Anjelica Montano.