A centre to house stocks for the humanitarian missions of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was opened in Satigny near Geneva on Wednesday.
“It’s here that a large part of the medicines, orthopaedic equipment, water treatment equipment and other material to be sent to help victims of conflicts will be received, stored and then dispatched,” said ICRC head Jakob Kellenberger at the opening ceremony.
The building will also be used for training teams to go into the field, and for technical trials by experts in the ICRC’s water and habitat section. In addition it has nearly 15 kilometres of shelving for storing archives.
Construction cost SFr33 million ($37.6 million) and was partly financed by the Swiss government. The land was provided by the canton of Geneva.
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