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

PRESS RELEASE

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

2074 Baisakh 25, 8 May 2017

Every year, around the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement reaches more than 160 million people through its network of around 17 million volunteers and 450,000 staff.

In Nepal alone, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) reaches more than 3 million people each year, building safer and stronger communities through a diverse and innovative range of services tailored to local needs. Last year the NRCS reached more than 7 million people including the service to the earthquake affected people.  The activities ranges from strengthening disaster response and recovery mechanism, reducing disaster risks, assisting conflict affected people and extending quality blood transfusion service to services like ambulance, first aid, eye care, community health, resiliency and activities contributing to non-violence, non-discrimination and peace promotion. NRCS provides these services through the tireless dedication of its more than 1.1 million members and more than 100 thousand volunteers, particularly the youths.

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

“Red Cross volunteers are working in virtually every community, giving their commitment, energy and time,” said Ajeet Kumar Sharma, acting president of NRCS on the birthday of the Movement’s founder, Henry Dunant, about 189 years ago.

“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,” said Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General of NRCS. “In complex contexts with increasing vulnerabilities, our ability to access people in need is constantly changing,” he added. But, Red Cross volunteers and staff are finding creative and innovative ways to adapt local solutions to reach people in need and help them prepare for, deal with and recover from these challenges.

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.

 

For further information, please contact

Dibya Raj Poudel, Head of Communications, NRCS

Phone: 9841699068, dibyarp@gmail.com