Project profile — Deployment of Health Emergency Response Units - Canadian Red Cross 2019-2024


Canadian Red Cross (CA-CRA_ACR-3119219814)
2019-12-20 - 2024-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (33.33%)
• America, regional (33.33%)
• Asia, regional (33.34%)


• Emergency Response: Material relief assistance and services (72010) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project is supporting the Canadian Red Cross in deploying Health Emergency Response Units (ERUs) in communities experiencing crises in Africa, the Americas and Asia. GAC’s multi-year humanitarian support to this project is contributing to respond to health needs in emergencies. Emergency Response Units are a key disaster response tool and an integrated part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) disaster management system. Health ERUs, such as field hospitals and emergency clinics, provide essential health services in post-disaster and health crisis contexts, and are activated when local health care resources are overwhelmed, incapacitated or inaccessible. Project activities include: (1) mobilizing Canadian experts for health ERU operations; (2) supporting the establishment of health ERUs in humanitarian crises; and (3) improving access to health ERU services, including sexual and reproductive health services for women and men, cholera treatment and surgical care.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcome of this project is enhanced delivery of gender-responsive ERU health services in communities experiencing crises. The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crises or acute food insecurity.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $5,490,634
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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