Humanitarian Aid and Relief Ops

Humanitarian Aid and Relief Ops

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. — Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Catastrophes can happen at any given moment, in any given geographical location.

People are in awe of natural or man-made disasters and acts of war because of their unpredictability and the fact that one cannot make any estimates as to the severity of the phenomenon until it strikes.

Crisis management by humanitarian relief agencies, entails attending to the immediate needs of those affected by the disaster and may cover an extensive area. Usually, it will take even years to restore conditions to normality.

What IBDS Group offers as Humanitarian Aid.

“People Helping People”

The scope of Humanitarian Aid is to save lives, relieve suffering and make sure human dignity is respected by all, throughout the duration of the management of any given crisis. The mandates of Humanitarian operations, as opposed to other forms of intervention, are:

  • It must adhere to the fundamentals of benevolence, impartiality, respect, dignity and independence.
  • It must be temporary in nature and tend to emergencies in the hours, days or months following, and related to, the disaster. The definition of when humanitarian aid ends and other sources of help take over, is often complicated, especially when the effects of the disaster last for a prolonged length of time. 

Humanitarian Aid agencies’ tasks are complex. The below statistics are some of the geographical and anthropological details of natural disasters and forced population relocations over the years:

  • The occurrence of natural disasters has risen by 65% over the last 10 years according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters.
  • Demographics show that those most affected by the crises are women – especially single-headed female households and children – especially those under the age of 5,
  • The continents of Africa and Asia are those most hit by natural disasters (more than 50%) and forced population relocation due to political or religious unrest.
  • Poverty and marginalization play a substantial role in susceptibility during a crisis.
  • Since the 90’s, the vast majority of fatalities occurring during warfare were civilians and the main cause of death was illness and lack of food and water.

IBDS Group of companies is an active participant in humanitarian relief forces operations, and is characterized by its cultural awareness and respect of human dignity  throughout its presence abroad.

In the countries where IBDS Group is requested to intervene and alleviate distress due to emergency situations, clean water, food rations and household staples are provided, aiding governments and local agencies to reduce vulnerability andrelieve distress of the affected masses.



Figure 1:  IBDS Group of Companies – Distribution of Humanitarian aid




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