Managing Body Meeting
Hon'ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda and Chairman of Indian Red Cross Society, chaired the IRCS Managing Body meeting on 23rd January, 2019, to review and discuss statutory matters as well as key humanitarian endeavours undertaken by IRCS. Secretary General, Shri R. K. Jain, also shared his vision with the Managing Body at the meeting. Ongoing important activities such as Kerala flood response, Cyclone Gaja response and other similar responses for calamities faced by different States were also reviewed at the Managing Body meeting. The meeting has set the direction and momentum for the IRCS activities for rest of the year.
Visit by ICRC Vice President
Gilles Carbonnier, Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), visited India 7 – 11 January 2019. He called upon Secretary General R. K. Jain during the visit, along with Jeremy England, Head of Delegation of the ICRC in New Delhi. Mr. Carbonnier and Mr. Jain discussed broader issues related to the Red Cross Movement and the IRCS 2020-30 strategy.
Visit by Goodwill Ambassador from Danish Red Cross
Forty-year-old Torbjørn C. Pedersen has been on travel for the past five years and is still going strong for experiencing the spirit that unites Red Cross across the globe! He attended an orientation lecture to Nursing students about the Indian Red Cross Society and the history of the movement delivered by Deputy Secretary, IRCS, Mr. N. K. Singh. He also met various officers at IRCS and IFRC team to share his observations about the cross cutting spirit of service that drives the passion of staff and volunteers across the globe.
26th batch of Health Promotion through Yoga and Ayurveda commences
IRCS and St John Ambulance help desk at Safdarjung Hospital
Republic Day - A snapshot
As the nation observed its 70th Republic Day on 26th January, Indian Red Cross Society marked the day with branches across the country hosting and participating in various events. These ranged from organising blood donation camps to participation in formal ceremonies. As the largest statutory humanitarian organisation in the country, Indian Red Cross volunteers, including Junior and Youth Red Cross members, and First Aid teams were deployed at event venues and participated in various ceremonial processions. Here is a visual snapshot:
A joint field team from Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) has finished an assessment visit to the flood-affected areas of Kerala. The assessment is aimed at initiating the recovery phase activities. Between June 1 and August 18 last year, Kerala experienced the worst floods since 1924. During this period, the state received cumulative rainfall that was 42% in excess of the normal average. IRCS has been responding since the onset of the floods in early August 2018 and has moved from rescue, relief to recovery phase.
Uttar Pradesh: Serving visitors and pilgrims at Kumbh Mela 2019
Indian Red Cross Society and St John Ambulance Uttar Pradesh volunteers have been providing First Aid services to pilgrims and visitors at the ongoing Kumbh Mela. Thousands have received First Aid services from Red Cross volunteers who are continuing to work round-the-clock and will be deployed till 4th March 2019 when the Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019, ends.
Manipur: 'Light of Hope' hailed by Governor
Hon'ble Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla and President of IRCS Manipur distributed livelihood support items to women-headed beneficiaries under the Ashagee Mangal (Light of Hope) project.The distribution of the livelihood support material was organised by Indian Red Cross Society, Manipur State Branch with support from International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) & Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarter. Hon'ble Governor said that the selected widows will get positive light of hope with this support. She extended her best wishes for their future, while speaking at the event held at Lamyanba Sanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal, on January 30th 2019.