Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is helping vulnerable peopleMay 7, 2013
KARACHI: 150 years ago, an ambitious idea became reality with the establishment of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. “The World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year on May 8 to emphasize the role of its members and volunteers in saving lives and aiding the defenceless communities around the world,” said Chairperson PRCS Sindh Farzana Naek.
World Red Cross Day calls for emphasizing the hard work that all National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies dedicate worldwide for the relief of human distress and misery occurring due to disease, famine, disaster or war. Today Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have the world’s largest humanitarian network to provide relief. It is carrying out its activities and is present in more than 187 countries. So it is the world’s largest force of unpaid assistants helping some 233 million recipients every year. The total no. of members of National Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent comprises approximately 97 million members and volunteers.
Pakistan Red Crescent Society PRCS is a humanitarian organization, dedicated to improving lives of vulnerable segments of the society. She further said that in last three floods 20102012, the disasters of Pakistan divested most of the land in the country including the million of homeless people.
The Sindh Red Crescent rendered remarkably humanitarian services and provided relief to the millions of people in all corner of the Province. In order to facilitate the effected people for their recovery and rehabilitation, an Integrated Recovery Program was launched by the PRCS in Sindh with the support of its movement partners.
The volunteers and staff members who worked tirelessly to provide maximum assistance to the most affected people of the flood. The Red Crescent Society has provided more than 3000 shelters, livelihood program of affected villages of Kambar Shahdadkot, Shikarpur, Dadu, Thatta and Badin Districts, Basic Health Care and Water and Sanitation facilities in the neediest villages.
The PRCS, Sindh acknowledge the support and patronage of the NHQ Islamabad, the IFRC, ICRC, German Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Turkish Red Crescent, Iranian Red Crescent and other movement partners for their continues support and guidance for enabling us to provide most vulnerable people of the flood.
Red Crescent Diagnostic Centre was established at PHQ Karachi. This Centre is providing a good medical services on subsidise rates to poor and needy people of area. Now, Sindh Red Crescent is running hospitals and dispensaries in Sindh and treating millions of people. Hyderabad District Branch is successfully managing Cardiac Hospital as well.
While moving forward to the road of success, PRCS, Sindh should not forget the most challenging situation coming on our way in shape of frequent disasters and changing security environment. We must prepare ourselves for the future challenges and therefore need support of our partners in shape of donations and technical assistance. PRCS, Sindh is extremely thankful that our movement partners who always come forward to our help during the time of miseries and unfortunate circumstances.
The society is quite hopeful that with the help of our movement partners and patronage of the Government, society shall be able to prepare our community for any future challenges. Red Crescent appeals the philanthropic community of Pakistan to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society as much as they can for the sake of most vulnerable people.