A new medal has been launched to honor “unsung heroes” who provide relief during major disasters and emergencies such as floods and earthquakes.
Humanitarian Medal, which has been approved. Kingwill be awarded to emergency workers and aid teams, including charities, military personnel and medical personnel, who respond to crises at home and abroad.
This can range from natural disasters, such as tsunamis and hurricanes, to war zones and epidemics.
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Civilian and military responses from the government were indicated. Ebola Spread across West Africa in 2015, marked by the UK with a medal.
Eligibility for the Humanitarian Medal will be for those who provide aid on behalf of the UK government, but will not be limited to British citizens.
Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden said: “Britain has a long and proud tradition of being at the forefront of helping those in need, wherever they are in the world.
“This new medal is a fitting tribute to our humanitarian heroes who put the needs of others before their own priorities, often in the most difficult or dangerous environments.”
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International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell said: “At a time when the world is facing increasing crises, this new Humanitarian Medal recognizes the unsung humanitarian heroes who step up to provide relief in times of disaster.
“I admire the efforts of those who show such courage and act as inspiration in a range of desperate circumstances.
“Our work around the world depends on these extraordinary people, and this award honors their outstanding contribution to responding to a major crisis.”
The design of the medal features a portrait of the King on one side and the words “For Service to Humanity” on the other.
According to the Cabinet Office, it is decorated with multi-coloured ribbons intended to reflect “the different avenues of humanitarian service and the variety of services involved in such responses”.