World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: Innovation and diversity at the core of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s work

Nepal Red Cross Society organized various programme throughout the country together with the Red Cross Movement partners with the theme of the year- Red Cross: Everywhere for everyone.

The World Red Cross Red Crescent day, May 8 was celebrated amid a ceremony held in Kathmandu yesterday as a national programme. Acting Chairman of Nepal Red Cross hoisted Red Cross flag at NRCS National Headquarters in Kathmandu to mark the day. He said the founder of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement was a great personality and he has always inspired the people toward humanity.

At the event, NRCS Secretary General Mr. Dev Ratna Dhakhwa highlighted the importance of the day and said- “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 8 May, is an opportunity to recognize the contribution and achievements of the millions of volunteers and staff members around the world who are keeping our commitment to humanity every day - by making the last mile effort to ensure that no one is left behind.

Mr. Andre Paquet, Head of Mission of International Committee of the Red Cross and IFRC Country Office head Mr. Max Santner praised works of NRCS through a diverse and innovative range of services tailored to local needs in Nepal.

On the same occasion, NRCS leaders and youths expressed their commitment towards Healthy Me, Healthy Country’, a yearlong health campaign spearheaded by the Ministry of Health (MoH). Mr. Ramesh Prasad Adhikari, head administrator of public health division of Nepal Government highlighted about the campaign -

A special interaction programme with youth was organized at National Headquarters on the day. Present on the interaction were the youths from Youth Circle from Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur district, Senior management of NRCS, Youth Department of NRCS,  executives of NRCS district chapters of Kathmandu valley, representatives from Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Health and the UNFPA. The youths of NRCS interacted with representatives of Government of Nepal, Youth Council, NRCS leadership and UNFPA in various youth engagement activities and organization aspects. They talked about Sustainable Development Goals and its implementation with wider youth engagement.

31 youths and staff donated blood during the function.

Nishan Karki, youth of NCC Circle urged the strong network to learn among youth circles of Red Cross.

Nepal Red Cross district chapters have organized unique activities on the same day. District Traffic Police Office Parsa and Nepal Red Cross Society Parsa jointly organised a week long function to mark World Red Cross Day. Red Cross Gorkha Chapter provided water purification machine to Gorkha hospital to support safer patient care. The day was marked to show diversity in Red Cross work. For example, Red Cross organizes fun group games during an “open day” as part of a program to promote psychosocial wellbeing and resilience among children.

The work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – comprised of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies draws on more than 150 years of humanitarian action.