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Red Cross Blood for Train Accident Victims
Delhi | 20.08.2017
Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters Blood Bank in Delhi provided 200 units of blood to assist Meerut Medical College Hospital where majority of the injured patients are being treated. Dr Vanshree Singh, Director of the Red Cross Blood Bank said, “We approached the Meerut Medical College to offer our services and they requested for urgent supply of blood. Initially, 200 units of blood have been released.” More»

 
Indian Red Cross Releases Relief Supplies for Flood Victims
Delhi | 03.08.2017
Shri J P Nadda, Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society released relief supplies for flood affected states of Assam, Gujarat and Manipur today i.e. 2 August at 1.00 pm from the IRCS Headquarters. More»
 
Red Cross Chairman to Flag off Relief Supplies for Flood Victims
01.08.2017
Shri J P Nadda, Minister for Health & Family Welfare shall flag off relief supplies for flood affected states of Assam and Manipur on 2 August at 1.00 pm. From the IRCS Headquarters. More»
 
 
Red Cross delivers the dead with dignity
Chennai | 31.07.2017
amil Nadu state branch of IRCS with the support of the State Government introduced hearse service in 2011. The neediest were the daily wage earners in Tamil Nadu from across the country and also from the neighboring countries. This was necessitated as poor families were forced to pay anywhere between Rs 5,000-60,000 to get their dead home. In some cases worker's closest relative would abandon the body in the mortuary. More»
 
Blood Camp in Ambala
24.07.2017
Indian Red Cross Society, Nhq blood bank team was in Ambala for collecting blood from voluntary donors. A big blood donation camp was held in new civil hospital Ambala Cantt on 23 July 2017 More»
 
India Floods 2017
13.07.2017
Indian Red Cross Society through its State and District Branches has been responding to the floods in different parts of the country. So far there has been above average rain fall in the ongoing monsoon season of 2017 resulting in extreme flooding in several states. More»
 
Red Cross Relief for Shelling Displaced
05.07.2017
The recent firings from across the LoC in district Rajouri (Nowshera Sector) of the State of J&K have affected a large population. They have been evacuated and housed in temporary shelters at Nowshera. More»
 
Heat Wave Response, Flash Mob Sessions Unveiled
04.07.2017
Due to geographical factors historically months of summer have been difficult ones in most parts of the Indian sub-continent. This season also affects our flora & fauna. More»
 
Membership, Volunteer Registry, Pledges, Health Camps…. Mark Red Cross Day across India
The State/UT, district, sub-district branches, Red Cross health & MCW centres, warehouses, cyclone centres....and scores of schools & colleges across the country celebrated this year’s World Red Cross Day. More»
 
ICRC – IRCS Planning Meeting
22.06.2017
Programme Managers/Coordinators of the 12 states where ICRC-IRCS activities are going on were joined by the Programme Coordinator of Telangana for the 3 day Planning Meeting. Among the programme states only Nagaland was absent. The planning meeting was held from 15 to 17 of June, 2017. More»
 
21.06.2017
Yoga Day at Red Cross
Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, was joined by several branches at State/UT and district level to observe International Day of Yoga. In Delhi IRCS, ICRC, CMSS, DHR & IDBI office staff and past & present students of the Health Promotion through Ayurveda & Yoga course took part in the Yoga Shivir. Some of the alumni of the past batches thanked Red Cross for having started the course which has had been a life changer for them’. They participated in the yogic exercises and pranyama at the Yoga Shivir. The session was conducted by the Yoga Instructers of the Moraraji Desai Institute under the Ministry of Ayush. More»
 

21.06.2017
World Blood Donor Day
In IRCS National Headquarters and a number of branches organised and participated in activities to observe World Blood Donor Day.
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This year's theme was "Give blood. Give now. Give often". More»

 
15.06.2017
WASH Assessment in Odisha
Indian Red Cross Society together with the IFRC and the Australian Red Cross is conducting a baseline survey in 3 districts of Odisha, namely Nayagarh, Gajapati and Ganjam. The survey is broadly designed to assess needs of menstrual hygiene, household water treatment and hand washing. More»
 
19.05.2017
Healthy Ageing Training of Trainers for India, Sri Lanka and Maldives by Indian Red Cross Society
In The Training of Trainers for Healthy Ageing for India, Sri Lanka and Maldives National Societies took place from 27-29thApril, 2017 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was hosted by Gujarat state branch of the Indian Red Cross Society with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Total 24 staff and volunteers participated in this training. More»



05.05.2017
Indian Red Cross at CSR Fair
The introduction of the Companies Act has changed the CSR landscape in India by putting in place-legal provisions that have had a domino effect that includes better informed and sensitized stakeholders, and a development sector that has begun to align itself to accepting CSR funds from corporates. More»
 

24.07.2017
Hoshiyarpur Receives a Donation of Rs one Crore
A NRI philanthropist, Shri PL Saini, has made a donation of Rs One Crore (1,00,00000) to the Hoshiyarpur district branch in the state of Punjab. This has been the biggest donation ever in the history of the district branch. Shri Saini had earlier also donated Rs 22 lacs to the society. More»

 
20.03.2017 - Srinagar, India
Federation SG calls on Chairman
20 March 2017: The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies Mr Elhadj As Sy accompanied by Mr Jagan Chapagain, Chief of Staff and Mr Xavier Castellanos, Regional Director, Asia Pacific was on a one day whirlwind tour of Delhi on 20 March, 2017. More»
 
17.03.2017 - Srinagar, India
Review Meeting at Sri Nagar
ndian IRCS Jammu & Kashmir state branch hosted review meeting on 17th March, 2016 at Srinagar. The meeting was chaired by Shri Avinash Rai Khanna, Vice Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters. More»
 

04.01.2017 - New Delhi, India
IRCS and RBU ink MoU
Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, New Delhi has signed an MoU with Rayat Bahra University, Mohali, Punjab to, broadly, build the resilience of communities to disaster and climate change through education, research and awareness programmes, collaboration on disaster risk management on natural, manmade and related environmental, technological health hazards. More»

 

05.12.2016
Jammu Fire Victims Assisted
JAMMU, Nov 30: A fire broke out at about 12.30 am on 26-11-2016 in a slum area of Narwal ‘Basti’ of Burmese refugees who were living in hutments made of wood and plastic sheets in an open private plot at Kiryani Talab area of Narwal, at the outskirts of Jammu. More»

 
02.12.2016
Red Cross Assistance for Train Accident Victims
In one of the worst train accidents (Indore-Patna Express) 20.11.2016 early morning left over 150 dead and scores injured and missing. More»
 
21.11.2016
AMCDRR
onference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) was established in 2005. It is a biennial conference jointly organized by different Asian countries and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. (UNISDR). More»
 
02.11.2016
Vice Chairman’s Field Visit to Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Mr. Avinash Rai Khanna, the Vice Chairman of the IRCS, is providing astute leadership towards efficient functioning of the Indian Red Cross Society. His endeavours have been crucial towards strong NHQ – State Branches’ relationship which results into timely interventions of the IRCS. More»
 

10.10.2016
RedCross Sarai at PGIMER, Chandigarh
Red Cross Chandigarh UT Branch will construct and run a “Sarai” in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at Chandigarh. The land for the Sarai has been donated by PGIMER. Infosys will support the IRCS with fund support of approximately Rs 12 crore. More»

 
14.05.2016 - New Delhi, India
Training of Master Trainers
RCS National Headquarters hosted a training to train the Red Cross & St John Master Trainers at its premises from 9 – 12 August 2016. The course participants were already proficient and qualified to train people in their respective territories. More»
 
12.09.2016 - New Delhi, India
India Floods Update
Following alarming drought earlier this year, India is now facing above average monsoon rainfall across three quarters of the country. The worst affected states include Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and the northeastern state of Assam, where floods have affected nearly 1.7 million people. More»

17.08.2016
Bid Adieu to ICRC HoRD

Ms Mary Werntz, Head of the Regional Delegation of the ICRC, New Delhi has finished her stint in the region. IRCS, Nhq organized a farewell function on the occasion on 27th of July 2016. Delegates, officers and staff of the IRCS, ICRC & IFRC attended the function.
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04.08.2016
India Floods Update
The flood situation in the country, especially the badly affected states of Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand was reviewed at the IRCS Nhq. Dr Veer Bhushan, Acting Secretary General, chaired the meeting. More»
 

15.07.2016
Uttarakhand Floods
In the month of June, 2016 Dansai block in Tehri district witnessed cloudburst. The resultant downpour triggered landslides affecting normal life in the area. The branch reported death of 06 people, injuries to many and loss of property and livestock. More»

 
 
22.06.2016 - New Delhi, India
Vice Chairman Calls on Rajasthan Governor
The Hon’ble Vice Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, Shri Avinash Rai Khanna, called on the Governor of Rajasthan, H.E. Shri Kalyan Singh, who is also the President of the Rajasthan State Red Cross on 16 June 2016. More»
 
21.06.2016 - New Delhi, India
International Yoga Day
Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, observed International Day of Yoga at the precincts of its office complex. A number of people from IRCS, IFRC, CMSS, DHR & IDBI office staff took part in the Yoga Shivir. Several of the alumni of the 19 past batches of the IRCS run course “Health Promotion through Ayurveda & Yoga” also participated in the yogic exercises at the Yoga Shivir. More»
 

10.05.2016 - New Delhi, India
IRCS - University College Dublin Join Hands
On 10 May 2016 a new chapter was added to the glorious history of the Indian Red Cross. More»

 
09.05.2016 - New Delhi, India
Bust of Red Cross Founder Unveiled on Red Cross Day
The IRCS National Headquarters complex wore a festive look today i.e. 9th May 2016. Several activities were planned to celebrate the birth anniversary of the founder of the Red Cross movement, Jean Henry Dunant. More»
 
08.05.2016 - New Delhi, India
Winners of online Competition Awarded on Red Cross Day
On the occasion of World Red Cross Day observed on 8th of May every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of the Red Cross, Mr. Jean Henry Dunant the Indian Red Cross Society, together with its partners, i.e. the ICRC and the IFRC held on line painting, photography and essay competitions. More»
 
05.05.2016 - New Delhi, India
IRCS – AIWC Join Hands to Empower Needy and Serve the Society
On the 5th May 2016 IRCS and All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The two organizations have come together to jointly train young men and women as Home Health Care Attendants.More»
 
08.02.2016 - New Delhi, India
Afghan Secretary General Visits IRCS
The Secretary General of the Afghanistan Red Crescent Society, Mr Mohammed Naim DINDAR, visited Indian Red Cross Society on 4th February 2016. He was accompanied by two senior colleagues of the national society on the tour.More»
 
04.01.2016 - New Delhi, India
Powerful earthquake rocks north-east India
A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake, rocked remote north-eastern regions of India before dawn today at 4:35 am while many people were still in bed. More»
 

21.12.2015 - New Delhi, India
ABC Peer Educator Training

The first National Training of Educators of “Youth as Agents of behavioral change’, was inaugurated at the IRCS National Headquarters on 14 December 2015. More»

 
 

04.12.2015 - New Delhi, India
Indian Red Cross Deploying Wat-San Units in TN
The Indian Red Cross Society is scaling up relief efforts after floods in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu that have affected over 2 million people. The aid effort is being supplemented by nearly Rs 2 crore released from the disaster relief emergency fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Monday. More»

 

26.11.2016
Tributes paid to Dr Agarwal
A meeting was held at the IRCS National Headquarters to pay homage to Dr S P Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS, and St John Ambulance (India), who passed away after a brief illness on the morning of 17 November, 2015.
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07.11.2015 - New Delhi, India
Health Emergencies in Large Populations
“Indian Red Cross Society’s First Medical Responders Programme is envisaged to empower volunteers from within the community to provide disaster relief, first-aid, family reunification and other complementary support in times of any emergency”, remarked Dr Veer Bhushan, Joint Secretary of the Indian Red Cross Society.
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07.11.2015 - New Delhi
FNS Evaluation Workshop
A one day workshop to evaluate the existing Family News Services (FNS)/Restoring Family Links (RFL) programme activity in the country was convened at National Headquarters on 2 November 2015. More»
 
15.10.2015 - New Delhi, India
Hon’ble Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society visits Shauryanjali
Shri J.P. Nadda, Hon’ble Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society & Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India alongwith Hon’ble Mrs. Mallika Nadda visited the Indian Red Cross Society stall set up at “Shauryanjali”- an exhibition organized by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Indo –Pak war of 1965. More»
 

26.08.2015 - New Delhi, India
Bid Adieu
Indian Red Cross Society today bid adieu to the Head of the South Asia Regional Delegation (SARD) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mr. Simon Missiri. More»

26.06.2015 - New Delhi, India
“Learn from Water” says Swami Anant Bharti on International Day of Yoga

As the world celebrated the first International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2015, the Indian Red Cross Society had in its National Headquarters, Swami Anant Bharti, a world famous Yogic exponent as the motivator for volunteers and participants of the IRCS’ Certificate course on Health Promotion through Ayurveda and Yoga. More»

 

Yoga leads to mental and physical well being- feedback from the participants of 16 batches of “Health Promotion through Ayurveda & Yoga course”
Since ancient time, Ayurveda and Yoga have been the key factors of health of people in India. The practice of Yoga asanas helps improving flexibility of the body, leads to better concentration and good posture. More»

 
17.06.2015 - New Delhi, India
Celebrating the drops of life
The Indian Red Cross Society celebrated the World Blood Donor Day along with National Aids Control Organization on 14th June, 2015 at Central Park, Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi from 7 am onwards. Despite the rainy morning, many enthusiastic voluntary blood donors and voluntary blood donation organizations were present at the venue. More»
 
20.05.2015
Together we are strong
“Together we are strong”, was the echoing sentiment at the recently concluded two day state branch coordinators meet for the ICRC supported programmes. The concluding session was chaired by Dr S P Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society. More»
 
15.05.2015
Making school children aware about “Our Principles in Action” on World RCRC Day
The Red Cross Movement is driven by its 7 fundamental principles of Humanity, Neutrality, Unity, Impartiality, Universality, Volunteerism and Independence.More»
 
11.05.2015
IRCS sustained relief efforts as fresh tremors hit Nepal
As four more tremors hit Nepal on Sunday, 10th May, 2015, triggering panic among the severely hit victims, IRCS keeps up sustained relief efforts for Nepal victims.
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01.05.2015
IRCS Steps up relief as scale of needs starts to get clearer
As the Nepal Army Chief fears that the toll from the Earthquake devastation could reach up to 15,000, and millions affected, the Indian Red Cross Society is upscaling its support to the Nepal Red Cross. More»
 
30.04.2015
IRCS mobilizes more relief for Nepal
As the toll of those having lost their lives in the Nepal Earthquake reaches to more than 6000 with millions affected severely, the Indian Red Cross Society has been keeping a close watch on the scenario as it has been unfolding.
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27.04.2015
Nepal in Crisis
It was a lazy Saturday morning on the 25th of April 2015, when life in Nepal was brought to a screeching halt by an Earthquake measuring 7.9 intensity on the Richter scale. After about 10 minutes there was another tremor that shook life out of the nation. People were caught unawares.
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28.03.2015
Secretary General stresses on greater networking between Red Cross Disaster Response Teams
As the 4 day refresher training of the National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) came to a close on Thursday, 19th March, 2015, Dr S P Agarwal, the Secretary General of Indian Red Cross Society stressed on greater networking between various emergency response groups of the society.
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16.02.2015
Video conferencing adds valuable inputs to TB Meeting
At the recently held TB review and orientation Meeting with the Irish Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross- India Team, many valuable community inputs could be added with the help of Video Conferencing facility at the IRCS National Headquarters
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19.01.2015
Mr. Yves Dccord, Director General, ICRC says “it is time for Red Cross to raise the game"

On his visit to the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) National Headquarters on the 16th of January, 2015, Mr Yves Daccord, Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that the Red Cross will have to concentrate on both quality of the aid that it provides as well as the growing needs of the people due to disasters, conflicts and health insufficiencies.  More»
 
Obituary
Shri Murli Deora, the former Vice Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society & former Vice President of International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies passed away on 24th November 2014 in Mumbai. More»»
 
 
31.12.2014
On the field, our volunteer is a Red Crosser
A two day training session for Emergency Preparedness and Response focal persons was held on 22nd and 23rd December, 2014 at the multipurpose facility of the IRCS NHQ. It was attended by participants from 8 states
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19.12.2014
Secretary General advocates for more women volunteers for NDWRT
At the valedictory session of the recently concluded National Disaster WatSan Response Team (NDWRT) Induction and Refresher training held on 12th December 2014 at the National headquarters of the Indian Red Cross Society, Dr S P Agarwal, Secretary General, said that more women should be encouraged to join such trainings and be a part of the volunteer force that will be deployed in disasters
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29.10.2014
National level training on “Restoring Family Links” at IRCS National Headquarters
13th October, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, was the perfect day for the Indian Red Cross Society to start the training on Restoring family links (RFL). Participants from nearly 20 most disaster prone states attended this training for RFL focal persons and workshop for specialists.
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20.10.2014
Indian Red Cross Society Assistance for J&K
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare and the Chairman of the Indian Red Cross flagged off relief supplies today form the National Headquarters of the society, for the victims of the floods in the state of J & K.
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Appeal for Donation – Flash flood in Jammu & Kashmir
The State of Jammu & Kashmir is facing the worst floods in six decades. Incessant rains have rendered life out of gear in the state with over 200 dead. Around 2600 villages have been affected with 450 completely submerged in water.
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25.09.2014
Jammu & Kashmir Floods-In pictures
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24.07.2014
Training Volunteers for Help-IRCS, NHQ
Volunteering is at the heart of the Red Cross Movement. It is the force of the Red Cross volunteers that makes helping possible. In its continuous endeavour to add to the already growing numbers, the Indian Red Cross undertakes training of youth and junior Red Crossers, through its National Headquarter.
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08.07.2014
“Good Work is infectious”, says Secy Gen at Valedictory Function of FMR ToT
“Immediate care is very important, whether for disasters, road accidents or any other emergencies. So long as you can stop bleeding, give First Aid, you have done a good job,” said Dr Agarwal while addressing the master FMR trainers at the end of the week long training session being held at the Disaster Management Centre of the Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarter.
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02.07.2014
Preparing for Monsoons; IRCS begins National level training of FMR trainers
The Indian Red Cross Society (National Headquarters) has organised the 2nd national level training of Trainers (ToT) of the First Medical Responders (FMR) at the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). The training is being conducted from 2nd – 8th July 2014.
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20.06.2014
Start a Blood Donor Year
As a culmination of all the events during the world blood donor week, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, felicitated the regular blood donors and Blood Donation camp organizers, at the valedictory function organized on 20th of June, 2014, by the Indian Red Cross Society.
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17.06.2014
Commemorating the first anniversary of the Uttarakhand Tragedy
The Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters commemorated the anniversary of Uttarakhand Flash Floods on 17th June, 2014 at its multi-purpose conference facility.
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24.05.2014
Red Cross efforts reunite Sambhari Singh with her family
For the Indian Red Cross Society it was a heartening moment when they were able to reunite a tribal woman languishing in a mental asylum in Maharashtra with her family in Odisha after 4 years of separation.
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19.05.2014
World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day Celebrations
The World Red Cross Day was celebrated on 8th of May, 2014.The event was attended by members of the Red Cross fraternity in New Delhii as well as dignitaries from various consulates and embassies among others.
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19.05.2014
Adding to the volunteer force, on the World Red Cross Day
Volunteering and promoting humanitarian principles are the bulwark of the Red Cross Movement across the world. On the World Red Cross Day celebrated on the 8th of May, the Indian Red Cross Society members, along with the partners, visited two premiere schools in Delhi, to create awareness about Red Cross and to exalt the authorities to be a part of the Movement.
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13.05.2014
Agreement of cooperation signed between the Indian Red Cross Society and Belgian Red Cross-Flanders for IFAM
An agreement of cooperation was signed by Dr S P Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS and Dr Philippe Vandekerckhove, CEO, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders for development of the Indian First Aid Guidelines (IFAG) & the First Indian First Aid Manual (IFAM), on the 3rd of May, 2014 at the National Headquarters of the IRCS.
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26.04.2014
A Heartening Partnership: Indian Red Cross Society - Vodafone
As William Clay Ford Jr. Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company puts it, “Creating a strong business and building a better world are not conflicting goals – they are both essential ingredients for long-term success”.
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09.04.2014
14th batch Health Promotion course starts
The 14th batch of health promotion through Ayurveda and yoga course was inaugurated on the 18th of March, 2014.
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09.04.2014
TB Project India- Review Meeting, 18th March, 2014
The Indian Red Cross Society started the TB Project India in 2009 in 3 states. The project is being implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, State health department and TB Association of India with the aim to increase community awareness on TB, MDR-TB, XDR-TB and TB/HIV through advocacy, social mobilization and dissemination of IEC materials, in addition to advocating against stigmatization and discrimination of TB patients.
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06.03.2014
100 percent patient adherence in Red Cross TB Programme in Punjab
For the Indian Red Cross Team, visiting Punjab, it was fruit of hard labour that all the 181 TB patients of the two districts of Amritsar and Jalandhar fully adhered to their treatment and are now TB free.More»
 
06.03.2014
Indian Red Cross volunteers ensure massive success for TB Project, India
The stairs leading up to the apartment of the Singh family in the center of the town of Amritsar are steep and outworn. Breathless, one arrives at the first floor only to discover another winding flight to climb. More»
 
04.03.2014
IRCS: An active partner in India’s march towards being Polio-Free
India is now a Polio Free country. From over 2,00,000 cases of Polio per year upto 1985, India is now officially Polio-Free; no new cases have been reported since 13th January, 2011.A function to commemorate the landmark achievement of Polio Free India was held at New Delhii’s Talkatora Indoor Stadium on 11th February, 2014. More»
 
28.01.2014
Indian First Aid Manual (IFAM) Expert Panel Meeting(16-17 Jan, 2014)
The Indian Red Cross Society in collaboration with the Belgian Red Cross/Flanders deliberated upon recommendations on First Aid for various conditions based on hard medical evidence for developing the Indian First Aid Manual (IFAM). More»
 
06.01.2014
NDRT Training to scale up IRCS Disaster Management Efforts
The years 2012 and 2013 saw a number of disasters plaguing the country. Thousands of lives were lost and huge damages incurred by way of destruction of houses, crops and other infrastructure. The Indian Red Cross Society was present with relief and rehabilitation measures in all situations. More»
 
03.01.2014
To the rescue of Dengue patients once again: The IRCS Blood Bank
This year saw a surge of Dengue cases. The Municipal corporation data shows that the cases of the mosquito-borne diseases since September, have reached nearly nine times. More»
03.01.2014
Together We Can: State & UT Branch Secretary’s Meet (Nov.-Dec., 2013)
The Indian Red Cross Society has 35 state and UT Branches in the country. The Meetings of the State & UT Chairperson/Branch Secretary’s were held in the New Delhii, Chennai and Kolkata on 22nd November, 2nd December and 9the December 2013 respectively. These meetings were concurrently organised along with the National Disaster Response Team Trainings held at Bahadurgarh, Arrakonam and Salt Lake IRCS warehouses. More»
 
21.11.2013
First Medical Responders (FMR) Training Programme launched in Bhaderwah, Jammu & Kashmir
The place was Bhaderwah in Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir, and the event was the inauguration of the FMR training module of the Indian Red Cross Society on the 16th of November 2013. What bigger reason to start this volunteer training in Bhaderwah than the fact that this area lies in a zone that is most vulnerable to earthquakes and was rocked by intense tremors in May this year.
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12.11.2013
Scaling up its Water Sanitation measures: IRCS providing water in flood affected Odisha
As rains continue to victimize the people of Odisha, the Indian Red Cross Society has scaled up its relief measures. A total of 6 water sanitation units have been mobilized to supply clean water to the affected residents, of which 4 units have the capacity of providing 2000 litres of potable water per hour and 2 units have the capacity of providing 80 litres of water per hour.
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IRCS Multi- purpose Cyclone shelters providing a strong roof for lakhs in Odisha
The IRCS multipurpose cyclone shelter committee at Gokharkuda & Khurantuha was adjudged as the best Shelter Maintenance and Management Committee at a state level exhibition on the occasion of observance of the state Disaster Preparedness Day in Odisha on the 29th of October, 2013. More»
 
Dealing with Floods in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin: Indian Red Cross Plan of Action
21.10.2013 - New Delhii, India
As the wrath of the initial cyclonic winds and waves subsides, the new challenge facing the population of Odisha is massive flooding. The Indian Red Cross team that visited villages of Bedhakandola, Bandhanmuna and Tainla found that access to these areas is now only by boat, which are very few in number. More»
 
Indian Red Cross sailing the last mile to reach flood-affected people
21.10.2013 - New Delhi, India
As the flood situation after cyclone Phailin worsened, volunteers showed up at the Odisha state branch of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in Bhubaneshwar, to lend a hand to pack relief packages .More»
 
Cyclone Phailin: Indian Red Cross providing Relief to the displaced
17.10.2013 - New Delhii, India
It was the fateful evening of 12th October, 2013 when winds gushing upto a speed of 220 kmph raked up Cyclone Phailin and hit the coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The devastation could have been massive but for the Indian Meteorological departments early and sound predictions which prompted the Indian government to evacuate nearly 90,00,000 people. More»
 

Scaling up its Water Sanitation measures: IRCS providing water in flood affected Odisha
12.11.2013 - New Delhi, India

As rains continue to victimize the people of Odisha, the Indian Red Cross Society has scaled up its relief measures. A total of 6 water sanitation units have been mobilized to supply clean water to the affected residents, of which 4 units have the capacity of providing 2000 litres of potable water per hour and 2 units have the capacity of providing 80 litres of water per hour. More»

 
IRCS Multi- purpose Cyclone shelters providing a strong roof for lakhs in Odisha
12.11.2013 - New Delhi, India

The IRCS multipurpose cyclone shelter committee at Gokharkuda & Khurantuha was adjudged as the best Shelter Maintenance and Management Committee at a state level exhibition on the occasion of observance of the state Disaster Preparedness Day in Odisha on the 29th of October, 2013. More»
 
The Most Vulnerable Squeezed in Twin Calamity in India
17.10.2013 - New Delhii
At first, it seems as if the story on cyclone Phailin is over. Up to one million people evacuated, and thousands of lives saved. However, in the trails of the cyclone, destruction and despair linger on.
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P.G. Diploma Course: 8th Batch Started
11.10.2013 - New Delhii
The 8th batch of P.G. Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation was inaugurated on 23rd September 2013.

Indian Red Cross Society, NHQ, is conducting the Part time Post Graduate Diploma course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation since the year 2006. The course is affiliated to the Guru Gobind Singh I P University, New Delhii. More»

 
Indian Red Cross pays homage to Nityanand Gupta
13.09.2013 - New Delhii
The students of the past seven batches of the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation run at IRCS gathered on 1st September, 2013 at the Multipurpose Conference Facility, Indian Red Cross Society, National headquarters; to pay homage to Commander Nityanand Gupta of the eigth battalion of NDRF. More»
 
Secretary General, Indian Red Cross delivers the Nityanand Gupta Memorial Lecture
13.09.2013 - New Delhii
Dr S.P.Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS delivered the “Nityanand Gupta Memorial Lecture” at the Disaster Course alumni meet organised at the Multi purpose conference facility of the Indian Red Cross society, National headquarters on 1st Sept. 2013. More»
 
Uttarakhand floods – An update
03.08.2013 - New Delhii
The relief effort in Uttarakhand is being coordinated by the Uttarakhand State Red Cross having its headquarters at Dehradun. The Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters (IRCS, NHQ) is in constant touch with its state branch and monitoring the ongoing relief activities on regular basis. More»
 
TB Project: Mid-Term Review
11.07.2013 - New Delhi, India
Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters hosted a daylong meeting on 20th June, 2013 to review mkthe TB Project India which is being implemented in selected pockets of 7 states namely Bihar, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. More»
 
Uttarakhand flash floods – A report
27.06.2013 - New Delhi, India
The flash floods triggered by very heavy rainfall and cloudburst in Uttarakhand on 16-17 June 2013, affected 12 out of the 13 districts in Uttarakhand. The 4 districts that were worst affected were Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh. More»
 
World TB Day - 24th March, 2013
22.03.2013 - New Delhi, India
Indian Red Cross observed the World TB day today. In the function at IRCS (NHQ) which was attended by various stakeholders, Dy. Dir. Gen. (TB), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI, Dr. Ashok Kumar thanked the Indian Red Cross for supplementing the TB control efforts and applauded the work of Red Cross Volunteers to put DOTS treatment defaulters back on treatment. Socio behavior change for prevention of new cases, social mobilization to fight stigma/discrimination and ensuring completion of DOTS treatment by TB patients was stressed by Dr.S.P.Agarwal, Secretary General Indian Red Cross Society. More»
 
Red Cross blankets save lives across northern India
16.01.2012 - New Delhi, India

Exceptionally cold conditions have swept across northern India over the last three weeks, taking the lives of hundreds of people, and causing suffering to thousands more. The cold wave is one of the most severe to hit India in decades, with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana among those worst affected. More»
 
TISS and Red Cross join hands to develop DM Module
08.12.2012
Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and TATA Institute of Social Sciences at Mumbai have come together to develop educational modules in the field of Disaster Management. More»
 
Saving Lives & Changing Minds
05.11.2012
Images of damaged and dangerously tilted houses balancing themselves over the flowing stream and on the edge of the hills drew our attention during the rainy season of 2012. More»
 
Partnership with Turkish Red Crescent Society to meet humanitarian challenges
22.09.2012 - New Delhi, India
A historic agreement on which to build positive partnership between the Indian Red Cross Society and the Turkish Red Crescent Society, was signed by Prof. (Dr) S.P Agarwal, Secretary General , Indian Red Cross Society and Mr. Ahmet Lutfi Akar, General President, Turkish Red Crescent Society on 14 September 2012 in Ankara. More»
 
Canadian Red Cross for Enhanced support to Indian Red Cross
14.09.2012 - New Delhi, India

A high level delegation of the Canadian Red Cross led by Mr Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General & Chief Executive Officer, visited the Indian Red Cross, National Headquarters on 21.08.2012. Prof (Dr) S.P Agarwal, Secretary General , IRCS welcomed the guests in a meeting which was held at Multipurpose Conference Facility. More»
 
World Blood Donor Day
04.09.2012
Indian Red Cross on the World Blood Donor Day celebrations at National Headquarters, stood together to thank their heroes. “Every blood donor is a hero”, emphasized Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chairman , Indian Red Cross. This was indeed an ideal moment to thank them and tell them “ We care, for your care”. More»
 
Belgian-Indian Red Cross Partnership in Offing
06.08.2012
The President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Belgian Red Cross (Flanders), Ms. Christ'l Joris and Dr. (Prof.) Phillppe Vandekerckhove, respectively, were on a two day visit to India. During their sojourn they held discussions with the Secretary General of the Indian Red Cross Society, Dr. S.P. Agarwal, met Heads of the Regional Delegations of the IFRC, ICRC and the heads of the India offices of the IFRC, Canadian, German and Spanish Red Cross. More»
 
Assam floods 2012
23.07.2012
Following heavy monsoon rainfall, on 26 June 2012, flooding commenced across many districts in Assam which is situated in the northeast of India. Over the past two weeks, 124 people have lost their lives due to these floods including a large number of children. More»
 
International Youth Exchange Programme 2012
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29.06.2012
 

The Journey to Return
06.06, 2012
She maintained an unruffled composure when talking about the details of her missing son. It seemed that the wait for Ameena (name changed) must have been too long, enough for making a clueless mother stay so patient and calm in the search of her missing son. waiting mother. An eerie silence combined with fear reverberated in the room. More»

 
Indian Red Cross, National Headquarters celebrates the World Red Cross Red Crescent day 2012
21.05.2012
The 184th birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was celebrated
on 8 May 2012. More»
 
UN Secretary General meets with Red Cross to discuss humanitarian needs in South Asia
26.04.2012 - New Delhii, India

As part of his three day official visit to India, UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon held a meeting with Mr Azmat Ulla, Head of the IFRC’s South Asia regional delegation, who was accompanied by Prof. (Dr.) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General of the Indian Red Cross Society. More»
 
Empowering Communities to Fight Malaria – World Malaria Day
25.04.2012

April 25, around the world is observed as the World Malaria Day to commemorate the global efforts undertaken to control the disease as well as to strengthen our commitment to lead the world towards the achievement of the 6th Goal of the Millennium Development Goal( Combat HIV/ Aids, Malaria and other diseases) and other related MDG’S such as Child Mortality. The Theme for World Malaria Day 2012 is “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria". More»
 
Recovery of Hope- Indian Red Cross bridges distance
16.03.2012
After a hard days work, when everybody gets into bed for rest and peaceful sleep Nithya Sadasivam kept awake worrying about the fate of her lost family. She had no clues, no information and no contact with her husband and daughter since they got separated in 2006 during the ongoing civil strife in Srilanka. She was left with the other two children, it was difficult for her to spend the rest of her life without the knowledge of the rest of her family. More»
 

Taking a step forward – Youth as agents of behavioral change
16.03.2012
When people were still asleep in the cosy comforts of their homes; were   enjoying a hot cup of coffee or  busy scanning the newspapers,  smartly dressed Red Cross & Red Crescent  youth huddled together in the cold winter mornings. They were attentive and actively practicing  “Qi Gong ” in perfect sync and harmony. It is a  form of Yoga that   helps to find “inner peace”. More»

 
Bridging broken lines
13.03.2012

18th September 2011, would be a date that Sikkim would like to push aside in the back pages of memory and get on with life. The horrors of the evening can be well explained only by those who had experienced the nightmare of a devastating earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitudes on the Richter scale. But memories of the faces of near and dear ones lost, the picture of the ravaged surroundings, broken homes, derailed lives and that horrifying sound shall never fade from the minds of the survivors who have lived to tell the tale.
The persistent adverse climatic conditions made it quite difficult for all the humanitarian workers to reach out to the affected victims with aid. More»
 
Abandoned Across Border
13.02.2012

It is hard to apply a quick salve on our wounded bruise and bounce back to life immediately. It’s even more difficult to scratch away the dried remains of a frozen tragedy and restart life afresh. The vestiges of the scar continue to haunt. To spread the blanket of forgetfulness over a pain that’s raw and unhealed becomes impossible for a bereaved family member. Cruel, it may sound but death brings a closure. But the fear of no knowledge about a missing loved one does not even give the opportunity to mourn the loss of a near one. More»
 
The Indian Red Cross Supports the two drops of life - Polio Eradication
27.01.2012


January 13, 2012, India achieves milestone in Global Polio Eradication. If Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penIcilin in 1929 gave mankind a fresh hope of life and survival, India’s  celebration  of  the  year since the last reported case of polio is reason enough to be optimistic about this great achievement in the Global Polio Eradication Programme. In next few weeks, India will be removed from the WHO's list of countries where polio is endemic, unless a new or previously unreported case emerges. More»
 
Serving Humanity with a heart- IRCS Volunteer
12.12.2011

Indian Red Cross Society has implemented the Tuberculosis Project India in 4 states namely Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab & Gujarat encouraging Cat II patients for adherence to treatment. IRCS had achieved 90% adherence along with complete treatment of CAT II patients in 2010 and 92.69% in 2011 under the inspiring leadership of Dr (Prof) S.P Agarwal. We also espouse anti-stigma, encourage awareness campaigns to advocate healthy living and allegiance to treatment.
Our volunteers bring a difference to a patient’s life every day, which makes them the backbone of our efforts to ensure a tuberculosis free nation. More»
 
Celebrating the spirit of Volunteerism – International Volunteers Day
13.02.2012

Indian Red Cross Society, Haryana State Branch celebrated the spirit of volunteerism to commemorate the International Volunteers Day (5th Dec, 2011) on 20th and 21st December 2011 at Kurukshetra.
This year marked thetenth anniversary of the ‘International Year of the Volunteers’ as designated by the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies. Celebrations of this event were aimed at recognizing the persistent efforts of the Indian Red Cross Volunteers to serve humanity as well as reaching out to the vulnerable communities in times of disaster and other community development or welfare programs. More»
 
Serving Humanity with a heart- IRCS Volunteer
12.12.2011


Indian Red Cross Society has implemented the Tuberculosis Project India in 4 states namely Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab & Gujarat encouraging Cat II patients for adherence to treatment. IRCS had achieved 90% adherence along with complete treatment of CAT II patients in 2010 and 92.69% in 2011 under the inspiring leadership of Dr (Prof) S.P Agarwal. We also espouse anti-stigma, encourage awareness campaigns to advocate healthy living and allegiance to treatment.
Our volunteers bring a difference to a patient’s life every day, which makes them the backbone of our efforts to ensure a tuberculosis free nation. More»
 
Indian Red Cross Society reaches out for the Tsunami Victims
12.12.2011

An Earthquake measuring magnitude 9.0(revised from 8.9) hit Japan on 11th March 2011. The earthquake caused extensive human casualty as well as infrastructure damage in many areas. To provide aid to  the Tsunami victims in Japan, the Indian Red Cross Society (NHQ) received donation from local donors which the National Headquarters had forwaded to the Japanese Red Cross on 17th October 2011. More»
 
Indian Red Cross Society (NHQ) welcomes Dr Thomas Frieden
12.12.2011

Dr Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Greater Atlanta, USA, visited the Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters on 8.08.2011. Dr Frieden , Director was briefed by Dr. S.P Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society about the volunteer based Health Programmes administered by IRCS across the nation. More»
 
Sikkim earthquake relief - Operations update
14.10.2011

Background
Following earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale that severely damaged the infrastructure in Sikkim, the Indian Red Cross Society  (IRCS)  deployed   members   of  their national disaster response team (NDRT) and national disaster water and sanitation response team (NDWRT) along with one water purification unit and non-food items in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, these non-food items and water purification units were sent to Sikkim by Air force aircraft on 21 September 2011 as part of the immediate response. More»
 
Indian Red Cross Society joins IFRC in highlighting global hunger
22.09.2011

On 22 September 2011, the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) co-hosted the global launch of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society’s (IFRC) flagship publication, the World Disasters Report in New Delhii. Published annually since 1993, this year’s report focused on hunger and malnutrition, examining there are serious challenges for both governments and humanitarian agencies such as the Red Cross, as well as analysing the solutions. More»
 
Responds to floods: Domestic Appeal for assistance
Assam | Bihar | Punjab | Uttar Pradesh | West Bengal
10.09.2011
The IRCS, a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with millions of active. volunteers across 186 countries has responded to the floods in India that have affected 8.6 million people. More»
 
Terrorist attack in Delhi
07.09.2011
A powerful bomb blast at gate no 5 of the Delhi High Court killed 10 people. The number of injured was 75 as there were queues of people at the reception counter of the court for obtaining passes for entry in to the court premises. The blast shook the earth and created fear and panic. The injured were taken to three hospitals. There was requirement of blood of different groups. More»
 
HIV Consortium
12.07.2011

Indian Red Cross Society held its 10th Red Cross HIV/AIDS Consortium meeting on 6th July 2011. The consortium was constituted in the year 2006 under the Chairmanship of Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General of the Society. Several National Societies, the ICRC and the IFRC have been members of this consortium.  

The meeting was attended by representatives of the ICRC, the Federation and Heads of Delegations of the Canadian, Spanish, German & Hong Kong Red Cross Societies. More»

 
IRCS Help for Japan Tsunami Victims
06.07.2011

Indian Red Cross Society has made a contribution to the Japan Red Cross for relief and rehabilitation work in areas affected by earthquake that triggered a tsunami in its coastal areas.

“It is a gesture exhibiting our solidarity with the Japan Red Cross which is in fore front undertaking massive relief work in several areas. The first instalment amounting to Rs. 1,32,37,986 has been routed through the International Federation” said, Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General of the Indian Red Cross Society. More»
 
Celebration of World Red Cross Day & Inauguration of Multi purpose Conference Facility at IRCS(NHQ).
06.05.2011
World Red Cross day, being the birthday of founder of the Red Cross Movement noble laureate Sir Henry Dunant, was observed at IRCS NHQ, where Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad Hon’ble Chairman IRCS & Hon’ble Union Health Minister, Government of India was the chief guest. Dr Nata, WR, WHO, Mr Azmat Ullah, Head SARD IFRC, Mr Francois Stamm, Mr. John Roche, Head, Indian Office, IFRC and other Heads of the PNS’s also spoke on the occasion and participated in the function. More»
 
NDRT Refresher Course
11.03.2011
Mr. Deepender Singh Hooda, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Vice Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society, visited Regional Warehouse, Bahadurgarh, on 11th Mar., 2011 to attend the Valedictory Function of the National Disaster Relief Team (NDRT) Refresher Training Course which was held from 8th to 11th March, 2011. Dr (Prof) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society welcomed him. Mr. Azmat Ullah, Head of the South Asia Regional Delegation of the International Federation of RC & RC Societies (IFRC) and the representatives of Partner National Societies also participated in the programme. More»
 
Japan Relief
11.04.2011
On 11th March at 02:46 pm a huge earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on the Richter scale struck off the cost of Sanriku(lat. 38.0 N, long. 142.9 E). The quake reached level 7 on the Japanese seismic scale – the highest level possible for the scale – in the most affected area.  A tsunami alert was immediately issued for the Pacific side of the whole Japanese archipelago.  The first wave of the tsunami reached the Japanese coast within 30 minutes and swept its north-eastern coastline over an area extending for 500 km.  The height of the waves exceeded 15 meters in some areas. More»
 
World Health Day
09.04.2011
Indian Red Cross Society NHQ observed World Health Day on 7.04.11. This was the 62nd World Health Day and this year the focus was on anti-microbial resistance and its global spread – ‘No Action today- no cure tomorrow’. Anti microbial resistance (AMR) and its global spread threatens the continued effectiveness of many medicines used today to treat the sick while at the same time it risks jeopardizing important advances being made against major infectious diseases. More»
 
Message
01.04.2011
The 8th of May is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day which is observed every year to commemorate the birth of its founder, Sir Henry Dunant. This day all around the world the Red Cross and Red Crescent celebrates the spi0..rit of humanity, and reflects on its work reaching out the vulnerable and helpless in our society. Volunteers have been the backbone of our National Society since its inception in 1920. Today, as ever they are central to all activities of the Indian Red Cross, contributing to our successes in assisting vulnerable people in times of greatest need. More»
 
T.B Day Observed
01.04.2011

Indian Red Cross Society NHQ in collaboration with the Tuberculosis Association of India (T.A.I) observed World T.B Day on 24th March 2011 under the chairmanship of the President T.A.I and IRCS Secretary General (Prof) Dr S.P Agarwal . Dr Ashok Kumar, D.D.G.T.B, Govt of India, Dr V.K Arora, Vice Chancellor Santosh University and also the Vice Chairman of T.A.I shared the dais with Dr Agarwal. Members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), PNS’s and the IRCS officials also participated in the meeting. More»
 
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami- Restoring Family Links
16.03.2011

Many people are without news of their relatives because of the earthquake followed by Tsunami in Japan on 11th March 2011. (www.familylinks.icrc.org/eng/familylinks-japan)

The above link is to help people seeking to re-establish contact with family members and friends missing since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Those looking for people can check the list for information and they can also register the names of missing family members and friends helping them to get in touch. More»
 
Red Cross President on a Humanitarian Mission
01.02.2011
Prince Tadateru Konoe, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is on a two day visit to Delhi during which he is meeting top Government officials and leaders of the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of South Asia. He is also on a humanitarian diplomatic mission to develop partnerships with diplomatic community, UN Bodies, corporate world leaders & others to foster alliances and understandings for sustainable partnership. More»
 
Report on AIDS day
December 2010 at its  premises in the presence of  IRCS officials, National Programme Officer NACO, and Delegates from the International Federation, ICRC and the Partner National Societies. Observance of World Aids Day was started on 1st December 1988 with the objective to promote awareness, fight prejudice and strongly condemn stigmatization. This years World AIDS Day theme was ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’.
Dr Raizada, Consultant IFRC presented authentic reports which stated that according to the UN AIDS estimates 2009 there are 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. More
 
“Status of Branches of Indian Red Cross Society setup under Indian Red Cross Society Act  1970 – whether they exist as a  separate legal person” – Clarification  by CBDT
Central Board of Direct Taxes, Department of Revenue, Ministry of finance has issued a clarification on 24th September 2010 in respect of the status of the IRCS branches set up under the IRCS Act of 1920.
It has been clarified that the Head Office and the branches are to be treated as distinct and separate entities for the purpose of the Income Tax Act 1961.
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Pakistan Floods
27.08.2010

Unprecedented floods in Pakistan are ravaging vast areas and bringing in great of miseries to the population. Indian Red Cross Society, a part of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, has offered two trained personnel to be a part of the Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT). This team has been constituted with the well trained and best performing workforce from the Red Cross Red Crescent national societies in the region. The trained members are awaiting deployment by South Asia Regional Delegation of the International Federation for Pakistan Flood Relief operation. More»
 
WATSAN Unit becomes Operational
19.08.2010
Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General paid a second visit to the devastated town of Leh on 16th – 17th of August to review the relief work being done by the Red Cross team consisting of staff and volunteers from Leh, Jammu & Kashmir State Branch, Srinagar and the National Headquarters. The Secretary General witnessed the rescue, search and transportation of dead and injured in which Red Cross teams are assisting local authorities. More»
 
Red Cross Diploma to Disaster Managers
23.07.2010
Indian Red Cross Society today conferred diploma upon 72 successful participants of the one year part time PG Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation. The course is being run by the Indian Red Cross Society since 2006. The course participants belonged to 2007-08 & 2008-09 batches. “The Society embarked upon the onerous task of creating a cadre of disaster managers in the year 2006. More»
 
Red Cross Model Blood Bank Inaugurated
14.06.2010
Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today honoured 8 centurian blood donors and two partner organizations that help the Society in blood collection.
While thanking the blood donors all over the country on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, he urged, especially the young persons, for repeated non-remunerated blood donations. More»
 
Branches : Separate Legal Entities
25.05. 2010
Department of Revenue, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has clarified that all branch committees of the Indian Red Cross Society may be treated as separate entities under the Income Tax Act 1961 provided that they seek registration under Section 12A and 80G as separate bodies from their respective jurisdictional officers. More»
 
Dr. S.P. Agarwal to Chair Health Advisory Body
Prof. (Dr.) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General has been appointed a member of the International Federation’s Sustainable Development and Health Advisory Body. His name was recommended by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chairman, IRCS and Minister for Health & Family Welfare for the position to the Federation Headquarters in Geneva. More»
 
Course on Health Promotion Through Ayurveda & Yoga ( 2nd Batch) - INAUGURATED
04.05.2010
“Traditional Indian systems of medicine are holistic as they help us in management of mind and body”, said Mrs. S. Jalaja, Secretary, Deptt. of Ayush, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI. In her inaugural speech she mentioned that older systems of medication, like Chinese, Arabic and Indian, had gone into hibernation after the Greeks developed an allopathic system. Though the allopathic system has its own merits and provides immediate relief the Ayurvedic and Yogic systems develop all round immunity, improve well being of human beings.More»
 
Chairman flags off Red Cross Relief for Bihar
23.04.2010


It has been reported that up to 1 million people are living out in the open since the tornado ripped through impoverished villages in seven districts of Bihar on 13th of April which killed over 135 people.  Tens of thousands of homes are flattened and the infrastructure of two of the worst affected districts, namely Araria and Pumia, has been badly damaged. Communication and power supplies are still being restored. More»
 
Padma Bhushan Award To Dr.S.P. Agarwal

Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society since 2005 has been conferred Padma Bhushan award which is one of the country's highest civilian awards and is given for distinguished service of high order. These awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year 'The call from the Home Ministry on Monday morning made all our (Indian Red Cross Society's) humanitarian work worthwhile,' said Dr. Agarwal, a neurosurgeon, who as India's longest serving Director General of Health Services, managed health outbreaks such as pneumonic plague and Severe Respiratory Stress Syndrome. More»
 
Red Cross Foray in to Ayurveda & Yoga
02.01.2010

Following the continued success of Post Graduate Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation the Indian Red Cross Society (NHQ) has taken another initiative by launching 50 Hours Certificate Course (3 months Part Time Programme) in Health Promotion through Ayurveda and Yoga on February 2nd, 2010. The initiative is being supported by the Department of Ayush, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India and will be conducted in close collaboration with Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Sidda (CCRAS) and Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhii. More»
 
Red Cross launches campaign for youth blood
01.10.2009

Indian Red Cross launched its campaign to motivate youth for enhanced participation in voluntary blood donation. In a function today the Society felicitated, among others, its four centurion donors and 20 youth donors More»

IRCS to increase blood donation by catching them young

On October 1st 2009, National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, Indian Red Cross not only cheers the young donors to come forward and donate blood but also celebrates elevation of its blood bank at NHQ. More»
 
Hindi Version of Dunant’s Magnum Opus ‘A Memory of Solferino’ Launched
12.08.2009

60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 was celebrated today by the Red Cross movement partners ie the IRCS, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies together with the Swiss embassy. The book launching ceremony was attended by the Chief Guest, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, eminent film Director and Goodwill Ambassador of the ICRC. More»
 
IRCS Expresses Gratitude to its Blood Donors
14.06.2009

This year’s theme for World Blood Donor Day 2009 is “Achieving 100 percent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components”. Experts on blood services emphasized unanimously in a seminar hosted by the IRCS, “This can be achieved by blood donor motivation, retention of regular voluntary donors and motivation of replacement donors to become voluntary.”

In the same seminar Dr. S. P. Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS stated, “The IRCS Blood Bank at National Headquarters has already achieved 84 percent non-remunerated voluntary donation of blood. More»
 
IRCS Equips Itself with National Disaster Water Sanitation Response Team
26.05.2009

According to World Health Organization around 1.1 billion people globally do not have access to improved water supply sources whereas 2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility. More»
 
Appeal of the Indian Red Cross for assistance to the victims of flood in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka
15.10.09

The Indian Red Cross Society aims to inspire, encourage and initiate at all times all forms of humanitarian activities so that human suffering can be minimized, alleviated and even prevented and thus contribute to creating a more congenial climate for peace. More»
 
Indian Red Cross launches “Our world. Your Move” - Campaign
08.05.2009

Ms. S. Jalaja, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Ayush hoisted the Red Cross flag, planted a sapling and launched ‘Our World. Your Move’ global campaign of the Red Cross on World Red Cross Day. She equated the founder of the Red Cross Sir Jean Henry Dunant with Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi who all in their own fields crystallized ideas and discovered scientific and humanitarian facts that made a difference on the world community. More»
 
Red Cross Exploring Partnerships
27.02.2009

The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) has developed its four-year Strategic Development Plan (2009-12), together with sectoral goals and objectives in line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Global Agenda Goals. These are also aimed to contribute towards Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. To accomplish this, IRCS held a high level Partnership Meeting on 27th February 2009, during which it presented its strategies and future priorities based on the proposals received from the Red Cross branches across the country. More»
 
Red Cross adopts Strategic Plan
24.02.2009

Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in his address during the one-day State Secretaries Conference convened on February 24th, 2009 at Indian Council of Agricultural Research, National Agricultural Science Complex, New Delhii said “Millennium Development Goals devised by the United Nations are being supported by most of the Governments and developmental agencies. More»
 
Donation
23.12.2008

“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done” is a meaningful maxim that has and will continue inspiring many of us. Mrs. Sumitra Devi from Dearborn, Michigan, USA recently donated Rs. 1,00,000 to Indian Red Cross Society through cheque for its noble efforts for the needy, informed Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS in officers’ meeting on December 22nd, 2008. More»
 
Red Cross Response to Terrorist Attacks on Mumbai
4.12.2008

The branch officials waited till morning as there was tension, confusion, chaos and public transport system had come to a halt. However, two ambulances were deployed, with volunteers, at Taj Hotels for moving casualties. More»
 
Messages
Secretary General's Message on World Red Cross Day
Secretary General's Message on World Health Day
Blossoming Partnership between Indian Red Cross Society and World Health Organization
 
Updates on Cyclone AILA

Aila Report 4
Aila Report 3
Aila Report 2
Aila Report 1
 
Red Cross Global Alliance to battle HIV Launched
01.12.2008
On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2008, the Indian Red Cross Society along with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (The International Federation) launched the “South Asia Red Cross Red Crescent Global Alliance on HIV” as part of a global effort to scale up HIV programming. The aim is to double the outreach of Red Cross Red Crescent HIV programmes in the region by targeting more than 1.5 million people. More»
A true Red Crosser
31.10.2008

Indian Red Cross Society fraternity has many members and staff who are living examples of compassion and volunteerism. One amongst them is Mitra Bahadur, an office peon who is serving at the National Headquarters with full dedication since 1977. He is a true Red Crosser and is always on an edge to volunteer. More»
 
New Managing Body Constituted
23.10.2008

The elections to the National Managing Body of the Indian Red Cross Society were held today at the National Headquarters. Members of the Electoral College participated in the elections. As per rules for conducting the elections, 12 members of the Electoral College, who secured maximum number of votes in their respective regions, were declared elected. More»
 
Raising self-esteem of PLHIV
14.10.2008

Sometimes before the disease it’s the discrimination that kills a person, not only physically but also mentally, emotionally and psychologically. On many occasions it happens with those who are living with HIV. Discrimination is almost akin to the one’s suffering from leprosy. Thus, combating this mental sickness becomes a challenge for the humanitarian organizations and governments alike. More»
Indian Red Cross response to Delhi blasts
15.09.2008

Indian Red Cross Society and its first-aid and ambulance wing, St. John Ambulance, deployed 60 volunteers and six ambulances, post the terror hit busy marketplaces in Delhi on Saturday, September 13th, 2008, that claimed around 30 lives and injured about 90 people in five blasts across Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash. More»
 
Red Cross upscales Tracing in Bihar
12.09.2008


“A large number of people had to rush out of flooded areas in Bihar. Many families are disintegrated. A number of cases of unaccompanied children have appeared in media. Resultantly, a need for activating the tracing cell at Bihar State branch has been felt strongly,” informs Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General of the Indian Red Cross Society. More»
 
Flood Situation Weekly Updates

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IRCS Responds To Bihar Floods
01.09.2008

Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS has informed that the emergency operations centre at National Headquarters, New Delhii and at Bihar State branch Patna have been functioning round the clock to monitor the flood situation and coordinate rescue and relief efforts. The National Headquarters has sanctioned the third consignment of relief items comprising of tarpaulin sheets (1,000), family packs (10,000) and tents (300), which would soon be reaching the flood affected areas. More»

 
IRCS launches Operation Jivan
12.08.2008

“On the occasion of International Youth Day, which is also Geneva Conventions Day, we have launched operation ‘Jivan’ in collaboration with Round Table India (RTI), a Chennai based social service organization, “ informs Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General of IRCS. The two organizations have decided to go for a massive nationwide drive to collect blood from voluntary donors.

Dr. Agarwal added, “Red Cross proposes to recruit 500 donors in every district, as desired by our Chairman & Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, so that voluntary blood donation becomes hundred percent in the country”. More»

 
Deadly blasts rock Ahmedabad & Bangalore- Indian Red Cross Action
30.07.2008

A wave of synchronized bomb blasts hit the western Indian city of Ahmedabad within a span of 70 minutes in the evening of July 27th 2008. The blasts killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 114.

The serial blasts occurred barely 24 hours after nine similar explosions rocked the city of Bangalore in the south Indian State of Karnataka, known as the Silicon Valley of India. Two people were killed and six injured in those explosions. More»
 
27 Red Cross Students Awarded Certificates
17.07.2008
Twenty seven students of the first batch of Post Graduate Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIU) were awarded with certificates today at Disaster Management Centre, National Headquarters, IRCS, New Delhii.

Mr. Naresh Dayal, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India was the Chief Guest for the occasion. More»
 
Italian Red Cross President visits the National Headquarters
19.06.2008
‘I started my career with Red Cross as a volunteer at the age of eight. The Red Cross movement is a big family wherein International Federation can be regarded as father, ICRC as mother and National Societies as children. Anyone between the age bracket of 8 to 85 can be a part of the movement and can contribute towards humanity’ says Dr. Massimo Barra, President of the Italian Red Cross and Deputy President of the Standing Commission of International Federation, Geneva. More»
 
Red Cross to multiply blood collection
13.06.2008
On the occasion of ‘World Blood Donor Day’ (June 14th, 2008) Indian Red Cross would be thanking its donors by felicitating them. The Blood Bank at NHQ, IRCS is observing the day by organizing a seminar on the theme ‘Donate blood regularly’ at Disaster Management Center, IRCS. Dr. Salim J. Habayab, Representative-India, World Health Organization would be the chief guest for the occasion. Officials from International Federation, Red Cross National Societies from America, Britain, Canada, Spain, Germany and Delhi State AIDS Control Society would also be joining the event. More»
 
IRCS to support unaccompanied minors
12.06.2008
‘According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Action Research on Trafficking, (2005) an average of 44,000 children are reported missing every year, out of  which  11,000  remain untraced  ‘informed Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS during the inauguration of the one day Consultation Meeting on Unaccompanied Children organized at Disaster Management Center of the Indian Red Cross Society. More»
 
IRCS gears itself to face the floods
10.06.2008
‘Annual flooding is perennial causing widespread damages year after year. With climate change the problem has augmented as States like Rajasthan are also facing annual flooding. We need to prepare ourselves as the monsoon for the current year has set in’ said prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General during the inauguration of four days Flood Response and Contingency Planning Meeting which opened at Disaster Management Center (DMC), National Headquarters, Indian Red Cross Society. More»
 
IRCS HIV & AIDS Programme Rated ‘A’
02.06.2008
HIV/AIDS programme of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) gets highest rating for its overall performance in the mid-term evaluation report of  the  Red  Cross  Red Crescent  Societies Regional HIV and AIDS programme in South Asia. The report has been filed after an evaluation visit by a three member team of Dr. Ram Neupane, External Consultant, Ms. Cecilia Anshelm, Swedish Red Cross and Mr. Bhanu Pratap, IFRC, SARD. More»
 
Five days Regional DM Working Group Meeting opens today at NHQ, IRCS
26.05.2008: New Delhi
“We need to integrate disaster management, health and organizational development with each other which would help us achieve the desired results” said Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society, while inaugurating the five days Regional Disaster Management Working Group Meeting (DMWG) from May 26th – 30th, 2008 at the Disaster Management Centre, NHQ, IRCS. More»
 
IRCS Secretary General Attends The Global Health & Care Forum 2008
19.05.2008: New Delhi
‘We need to integrate the health programme with disaster related activities. We may also work towards community based first-aid and reach out to the vulnerable population’ said Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS on his return from Global Health and Care Forum 2008. The conference was held from May 14th – 16th, 2008 at the Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva. More»
 
Inter Regional RFL Meeting held
15.05.2008: New Delhi

International migration is one of major challenge faced by the world leading to numerous consequences on humanity. A collective response by the National Societies in the  Red   Cross   Red   Crescent  movement  is required for restoring family links (RFL) and helping the migrants in detention. The Inter-Regional RFL Meet paved the way for future growth and development. For the first time ever National Societies from Asia and Gulf region participated to build strong network amongst themselves. More»
 
Indian Red Cross responds to Jaipur blasts
14.05.2008: New Delhi
Seven blasts, one after another, rocked the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan on 13th of May, Tuesday. The blasts that occurred within a span of 12 minutes killed 65 and injured over 200.

The site of the blasts was about 200 metres from the Red Cross Headquarters. It was in the vicinity of a hindu temple of Lord Hanuman, which attracts a large number of devotees on Tuesdays.

Curfew was imposed in fifteen police station areas of Jaipur. More»
 
Indian Red Cross Relief for Nargis Victims
08.05.2008: New Delhi
Cyclone ‘Nargis’ that swept across Myanmar last weekend has engulfed minimum 25,000 lives and many more thousand are still missing. It is a manifestation of the fear that climate change is leading to increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Climate change is with us and it’s no more a conjecture”; says Prof. (Dr.) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General during the observance of World Red Cross Day. As a mark of solidarity Indian Red Cross Society has sanctioned relief to the tune of Rs. 60 lakhs for the survivors of the cyclone in Myanmar.

Dr. Agarwal informed that he has triggered National Tree plantation campaign at State, District and Sub-district level by writing to the State Secretaries to plant more trees. More»
 
Regional Consultative Meeting for development of CBDRR Curriculum organized at NHQ, IRCS
30.04.2008
‘Working in a co-operative and participatory manner with communities, if done properly, can reduce the impact that disasters have on the lives of people’ said Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General of Indian Red Cross Society during the inaugural session of the Regional Consultative Meeting for Development of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Curriculum held on April 28th & 29th 2008 at Disaster Management Center, National Headquarters, IRCS. More»
 
Message From Secretary General, IRCS for World Health Day
07.04.2008: New Delhii
Climate Change is a matter of global concern and it is emerging as a real threat to all living beings. It has been predicted that any change in temperature, humidity regime, rainfall pattern and climatic condition will have direct and indirect impacts on the health of all living beings. Directly, there will be an increase in the number of deaths due to greater frequency and severity of heat waves and other extreme weather events. Indirectly, changes in weather pattern, can lead to ecological disturbances, changes in food production levels, increase in the distribution of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne diseases. More»
 
IRCS Consortium for HIV Program
02.04.2008: New Delhi
The fifth Red Cross HIV/AIDS Consortium was held on April 2nd -3rd, 2008 at Disaster Management Centre, National Headquarters, Indian Red Cross Society. The Consortium has come a long way when it was started with seven partners in 2006. Today it has nine members. But there are more willing to join. It is being hoped that with the support of all the members the HIV/AIDS programme of IRCS would be able to make an impact upon lives of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV)... »Read More
 
Canadian Red Cross to broaden partnership with Ircs
15.02.2008: New Delhi
Mr. Bekele Geleta, General Manager, International Operations of the Canadian Red Cross on a official visit to the Indian Red Cross Society has expressed his desire in broadening the scope of partnership with the Indian Red Cross Society by providing increased support in the field of Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS prevention and better response in times of public health in emergencies... »Read More
 
Red Cross Volunteers motivate villagers to part with their poultry
January 29th, 2008
The bird flu situation in West Bengal continues to be alarming. New blocks of two more districts, South 24 Parganas and Paschim Medinipur, have been struck by bird flu. According to the media reports, thirteen of the 19 districts of West Bengal have been declared bird flu-affected and so far 15.75-lakh poultry birds have been culled... »Read More
 
Red Cross assists the injured in bus accident in Orissa
January 22nd, 2008
Four persons were charred to death and 20 others sustained burn injuries on January 21st when a tourist bus from Madhya Pradesh caught fire near Kalpana Square, Bhubaneshwar around 8.30 am. The 50 seater bus was carrying 80-85 pilgrims on its way from Puri in Orissa to Bodhgaya in Bihar... »Read More
 
IRCS hosts meet on Bird Flu
January 18th, 2008
A National Level Advocacy Meeting on Public Health in Emergencies including Bird Flu, was held at the Disaster Management Centre of the National Headquarters on January 17th, 2008. It was attended by the Secretaries alongwith the focal officers for the project from four chosen States namely Maharashtra, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana. Other members included Representatives from International Federation, German Red Cross, American Red Cross and senior officials from IRCS... »Read More
 
Bel-Air is a hope for People living with HIV/AIDS
"Six- months back when I learnt I am HIV positive I had almost lost hope to live. I could see and feel the abhorrence in the attitude of the people whom I knew. Parents stopped sending their children to the Aaganwadi where I used to teach. They had the fear that if I served food to their children they'll also get HIV. I wanted to end my life but someone guided me to go to Bel- Air and that changed everything. Bel-Air has given me hope, happiness, direction, faith and a family as my marriage was solemnized with another volunteer, an HIV positive on July 12th 2007 by Father Tomy" says Vimala Prasad *, a volunteer with Bel-Air Sanatorium & Hospital, Indian Red Cross Society at Panchgani... »Read More
 
Red Cross vision for the youth
Each generation passes on the torch of development to the next. Hence it becomes the challenge for the present generation to groom the future of tomorrow and that is the 'Youth'. The Indian Red Cross which has in its fraternity 10 million Youth Red Cross (YRC) and Junior Red Cross (JRC) members keeps on organizing various programmes and activities for the youth... »Read More
 
Blood Donation Camp at Parliament House
December 13th, 2007
A blood donation camp was organized at the Parliament House on December 13th, 2007 by Indian Red Cross Society, Blood Bank (NHQ) to mark the sixth Commemoration Day of the supreme sacrifice made by security personnel on duty while thwarting the attack of terrorists in Parliament House... »Read More
 
Promotion of Voluntary Blood Donation through Indian Red Cross
New Delhii, December 12th, 2007
Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Honourable Chairman Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) and Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India inaugurated the Red Cross State Branch Secretaries Meeting on “Promotion of Voluntary Blood Donation” through Indian Red Cross Society today at National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Complex, Pusa Campus, New Delhii... »Read More
 
French Red Cross President visits the National Headquarters
December 10th, 2007
Prof. Jean-Francois Mattei, President of the French Red Cross (FRC) Society with his entourage visited the National Headquarters, IRCS.
On December 8th 2007 he addressed the students of Post Graduate Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation at DMC and on December 11th, 2007 he had a joint meeting with the officials of PNS, Federation and IRCS... »Read More
 
Special IFRC envoy on Avian & Human Influenza visits the National Headquarters
December 7th, 2007
Dr. Pierre Duplessis, Special Envoy on Avian and Human Influenza for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and former Secretary General of Canadian Red Cross visited the National Headquarters on December 6th, 2007.
He was on a three days visit to Delhi to attend the Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic influenza from December 4th – 6th, 2007... »Read More
 
IRCS embark on developing Volunteering Management Guidelines 
Volunteers work behind the scene with almost little acknowledgement but their work may change the complexion of the community. The charitable organizations in the world believe, that they are able to run their operation with the support of the volunteers...
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Red Cross Symposium on AIDS Day Eve
November 30th, 2007
The National Headquarters of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) organized a symposium on the eve of the World AIDS Day on the theme 'Leadership' under the slogan Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise. The officials and staff of IRCS, IFRC and PNS demonstrated their solidarity for the cause on World AIDS Day by wearing the red ribbon... »Read More
 
Indian Red Cross restores hope of the separated family members
My troubles began last year in August 2006 when I came to Bangladesh. I failed to produce the passport when asked by the Police, as I had lost it. I was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail. My life changed over night. Now it was in the midst of high walls, watchtowers and searchlights.. I am caged in the cell and have to sleep on the concrete floor... »Read More
 
A volunteer who dares
Thunder lightning in the sky, it didn't rain but poured, swollen river was in spate and the current becoming stronger every minute. A little girl, named Guddi, was standing near the slippery bank of the Buri Gandak River with other flood affected victims and was anxiously waiting for the food supply, which the Red Cross motor boat was carrying... »Read More
 
IRCS initiative in Community Participation & Mobilization
Salah Chandan, Salah Belsanti and Salah Buzurg are the Panchayats located in the Samastipur District of Bihar which are economically backward, underdeveloped and with no proper roads or electricity facilities... »Read More
IRCS observes Voluntary Blood Donor's Day
New Delhii: 1st October, 2007
'Indian Red Cross Blood Bank has changed our autumn into spring and has nurtured us like a mother,' were the thought provoking words of Ms. Anubha, a Lawyer and a blood transfusion recipient, who shared her experience along with other donors, with the audience on the occasion of the National Voluntary Blood Donor's Day... »Read More
An update on the recent flood fury
September 26th, 2007
Fresh spell of heavy rains and floods in the States of Orissa, West Bengal, Karnataka and Bihar has caused a wide spread destruction. 24 human deaths have been reported during the last 24 hours... »Read More
 
IRCS Consortium for HIV Program
New Delhii- 11th September
The members of the Red Cross HIV/ AIDS consortium in India met again after February 6th, 2007 meeting to review the achievements made during the period and discuss plans for 2007-2008, with the aim of strengthening and expanding the existing programme...
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Flood operations reviewed
September 7th, 2007
A meeting was convened today at the National Headquarters to review the IRCS flood operations till date. Representatives from the IFRC and Partner National Societies working in India attended the meeting... »Read More
 
Update on Indian Red Cross Flood Relief Action
August 27th, 2007
This year some parts of the country are witnessing heavy monsoon rains, which have so far engulfed the lives of 2117 people, affected a population of 410.7 lakh, loss of 90194 livestock, damaged crop area of 5038060 hectares and demolished 370862 houses in 36025 villages of 225 Districts. The total economic loss is to the tune of Rs. 638436.57 (lakhs).* »Read More
 
Red Cross relief for flood victims of Uttar Pradesh
August 21st, 2007
During the recent floods in Uttar Pradesh, 1437 villages in 19 Districts with population of about 11.88 lakh are reported to have been affected in the State. 13 relief camps continue to run in which 68,000 people have been accommodated. 460 boats are deployed in the affected areas of the State for rescue and relief operations. »Read More
 
Red Cross Assists the Flood Victims
August 13th, 2007
Incessant rains and flash floods have so far created havoc in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and killed 1550 people, affected a population of 348.7 lakh, loss of 69,889 livestock, damaged crop area of 5300074 hectares and demolished 263743 houses in 28706 villages of 206 Districts. »Read More
 
An Update on Indian Red Cross Flood Relief Action
August 7th, 2007
Rain and floods have affected millions and engulfed 1,100 lives all over India since the onset of the current monsoon season. The States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Bihar, Karnataka, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been affected. »Read More
 
Sir Nicholas Young visits the IRCS
British Red Cross Chief Executive, Sir Nicholas Young visited the Indian Red Cross Society on July 26th 2007 and met the HOD's of PNS, IFRC and senior staff of Indian Red Cross Society. In the meeting held at IRCS, NHQ to felicitate him, he said “Britain and India have a deep historical relationship. He also said that we as Red Cross members should strive hard to keep its reputation as we are watched by the government, media and by our own countrymen. »Read More
 
Indian Red Cross responds to the Avian Flu
August 1st, 2007
It is learnt through media that over 1.85 lakh birds have been culled by the Rapid Response Team (RRT) deputed by the Central Government in and around Chinmeirong village in Manipur, where an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed on July 25th, 2007. No human infection has been reported in the State so far. »Read More
 
IRCS Strengthens its Disaster Management Programme
New Delhii- 16th July 2007
A National level two-days meeting is being organized by the National Headquarters of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) to review its disaster preparedness and response activities for flood, earthquakes, cyclones etc. »Read More
 
Red Cross Relief for Flood Victims of Gujarat
July 13th, 2007
Heavy rains lashed the central and northern parts of the Gujarat affecting the Districts of Banaskantha, Patan, Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, Navsari and Ahmedabad. At least 84 people have died and 13 lakh affected and over 12,000 people were evacuated from the low-lying areas. »Read More
 
Indian Red Cross responds to the Flood Fury
June 27th, 2007
A meeting was convened today at the National Headquarters to review the flood situation in the country and share Indian Red Cross action in the flood affected States particularly Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Representatives from the IFRC, ICRC and Partner National Societies working in India attended the meeting. »Read More
 
An update on Indian Red Cross Flood Relief Action in Andhra Pradesh
June 25th, 2007
Torrential rains have battered the State of Andhra Pradesh particularly the districts of Kurnool, Mahaboobnagar, Kadapa, Ananthpur, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna and East Godavari. »Read More
 
Indian Red Cross Responds to Chikungunya Fever
New Delhii; 13th June, 2007
As indicated in the media reports in Kerala, 52 people have reportedly died and 26,000 people have been treated with many cases of hospitalization since the fever epidemic hit the State during the last fortnight. »Read More
 
Red Cross observes Blood Donor Day
New Delhii; 14th June, 2007
The Indian Red Cross Society observed World Blood Donor Day by organising a painting competition among thalasaemic children and holding a seminar on the theme, 'Safe Blood for Safe Motherhood'. »Read More
 
Press Notice
Indian Red Cross Society, (HQ), 1, Red Cross Road. New Delhii 110 001 invites sealed item rate bids from approved and eligible contractors registered with Government of India, State Governments, PSUs, Municipal Corporations, or who have executed similar work costing not less than Rs. 1.60 Crores (One Crore and sixty lakhs).»Read More
 
Rallies, Seminars on World Red Cross Day
8th May 2007
Indian Red Cross observed World Red Cross Day on May 8th by organising activities around the theme, "Together for Humanity". The day is celebrated to pay respect to the founder of Red Cross, Nobel laureate Sir Henry Dunant. The States of Bihar, Maharashtra, Haryana, Orissa, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Chattisgarh held marches, cycle rallies, felicitation functions to Red Cross volunteers and blood donors. Many dignitaries such as Governors, Chief Ministers and others of the respective states participated in the functions. »Read More
 
IRCS Secretary General Message for World Health Day 2007 : Aiming for comprehensive health care for the most vulnerable
India has made significant progress in the health sector since its independence. Although with systematic investment in public health infrastructure, the overall health indicators have shown marked improvement, still millions are deprived of primary health services. »Read More
 

Red Cross collaborates with NALSA in organizing Judicial Colloquium for the survivors of trafficking and HIV/AIDS
The Indian Red Cross Society is actively involved in addressing HIV/AIDS through youth peer education, promoting safe blood collection, care and support of HIV+ people and anti-stigma initiatives in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. »Read More

 

Preity Zinta donates Rs 25 lakh KBC prize money to Shimla District Red Cross Society
enowned actress and a true epitomiser of humanity Ms. Preity Zinta donated a sum of Rs. 25 lakh to the Shimla District Red Cross Society. Ms. Zinta donated the amount she had won in the Special Holi episode of the Kaun Banega Crorepati show of March 1st. She shared the hot seat with Ms. Rani Mukherjee and won together a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakh. »Read More

 

IRCS acknowledges the blood donor family from Mohali, Punjab for their unparalled contribution
“The best and simplest approach of unselfishly wanting to help others and showing humanity is through donating blood”, the belief being followed consistently by a married couple from Mohali, Ropar District. »Read More

 
SG, IRCS Conferred Degree of Doctor of Science
Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, New Delhii (Former Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India) »Read More
 
The IRCS Bags the Henry Dunant Medal
The VIIth Asia and Pacific Regional Conference of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was held in Singapore from November 19th to 23rd 2006. »Read More
 
IRCS efforts in helping people to say NO TO DRUGS
Life is tough and to have the ability to laugh at it is tougher, but toughest would be to enjoy it without coming in the grip of any vices. Unfortunately this maxim would not comply with a good percentage of inhabitants of Punjab and Haryana as they are ending up in drug and alcohol addiction. »Read More
   
IRCS, Blood Bank initiation in taking care off the thalassaemic patients
Lord Buddha had once said “Every human being is the author of his own state of health”. »Read More
   
The Indian Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance Association Salutes to its Volunteers
The Republic Day on January 26th holds an invaluable significance as the whole nation celebrates it with zeal and fervour. The main function is held at Rajpath, New Delhii where H.E. »Read More
   
IRCS Consortium For HIV Program
The Indian Red Cross set up a Consortium of Red Cross partners two years ago to help contain HIV/AIDS cases in India and provide care and support to those living with it.»Read More
   
IRCS Organizes The Youth Development Workshop
The youth of India represent one-third of our population and constitute a vibrant and vital human resource. They play an indispensable role in shaping the destiny of the nation which infact is their own destiny.»Read More
   
IRCS observed the World AID's Day
Started in 1988, the World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS by increasing awareness, imparting education and fighting prejudices. »Read More
   
The IRCS MRE Programme a Boon in Itself
Mines can be characterized as a stealer of lives, limb and livelihood. Unfortunately every 30 minutes there is a new casualty caused by it and if we all want to live in a mine-free world it will take 1100 years to get rid of it. »Read More
   
IRCS Efforts for Women Empowerment in Salt Lake Kolkata
Statistics reveal the sordid fact that woman around the world constitute 70 percent of the poorest, earns just 10 percent of the world's income. The efforts for women empowerment have to be made, the mission of gender equality has to be achieved, the economic independence of women and their self reliance has to be addressed. »Read More
   
Indian Red Cross Celebrates Voluntary Blood Donation Day
1st October, 2006
The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), National Headquarters (NHQ) celebrated National Voluntary Blood Donation Day on October 1st, 2006. The occasion was marked by a host of activities at the NHQ such as a week long poster exhibition, a blood donation camp at Sant Nirankari Mandal, Karol Bagh and a seminar on “Promotion of Voluntary Blood Donation”. »Read More
   
Avian Flu
Bird Flu has landed in India , in Nandurbar, a north district of Maharashtra. The kind of flue confirmed in Nandurbar is the same as the one reported across the world i.e. H5N1 ‘sub type'. Speculations that migratory birds spread H5N1 infection to birds, but the timing and area suggest it is not. It is still not confirmed how it reached Nunderbar. In 1997 H5N1 first infected humans in Hong Kong causing six deaths. Since Mid 2003 it has hit poultry hard; and confirmed 169 human cases in four Asian countries of whom 91 died. On 18 th February 2006 a death in Indonesia is reported... »Read More
IRCS Blood Bank response to the Dengue Haemorrhage outbreak
Disease, disaster or disorder see no border. One such example of this is the recent outbreak of the Dengue pandemic, which pushed the countrywide death toll to 180 and affected thousands others. »Read More
   
IRCS, (DP & R) Students Visited The Delhi Fire Service
Nobody knew in the Neolithic Age that the evolution of fire would one day give sleepless nights to the humankind who would be compelled to have a fire extinguishing service to contain destruction caused by it. Fire in scientific terminology can be defined as “rapid burning of combustible material, producing heat and usually accompanied by flame”. It can start due to electrical short circuit, naked flame, hot surfaces, or exothermic reaction. »Read More
   
Visit of the Chinese Delegation to the National Headquarters IRCS
2006 is the Friendship year between India and China. Steps have been taken by the two great nations to forge more cooperation in fields like music, art, science and culture. »Read More
   
IRCS Plan of Action in Strengthening Red Cross Volunteer Capacity
Volunteering in itself is a world, which needs to be explored as it brings not only the sense of fulfilment but also contentment. The Indian Red Cross Society, since its inception acknowledges volunteering and its strength too, lies in the twelve million volunteers and members spread all over India. »Read More
   
An Update on Indian Red Cross Flood Relief Action
New Delhii; October 9th, 2006
The country this year witnessed the wickedness of the monsoon rains, which engulfed the lives of many, submerged thousands of towns and villages and caused a widespread damage in crores to infrastructure and crops. »Read More
   
New Managing Body Constituted
1st October, 2006
The elections to the National Managing Body of the Indian Red Cross Society were held on September 29th, 2006. Members of the Electoral College participated in the elections. As per rules for conducting the elections, 12 members of the Electoral College, who secured maximum number of votes in their respective regions, were declared elected. »Read More
   
Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss recommends increment for Red Cross Course
The Indian Red Cross Society made its foray in the field of academics by starting a one year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness & Rehabilitation in affiliation with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. »Read More
   
Women of Courage: Indian Red Cross Volunteers help with disaster preparedness
She has seen it all: death, misery and pain that recurring cyclones have brought to the people living along the coast, but still has the strength and courage to help others. Circumstances have failed to dampen the spirits of Padmabati Nayak, a 56-year-old Red Cross women volunteer from (Kantipur). With her will and determination she has aptly proved that where there is a will there is a way... »Read More
   
Indian Red Cross responds to Chikungunya Fever
New Delhii; October 18th, 2006
According to the report of World Health Organization (WHO) till October 10th, 2006, 151 Districts in eight States of India have been affected by Chikungunya fever. »Read More
   
Indian Red Cross responds to the Dengue Outbreak
New Delhii; October 11th, 2006
The number of dengue cases crossed the 1000-mark today in the capital with the death toll at 23 and 72 fresh cases being reported. »Read More
   
An Update on Indian Red Cross Action in responding to the Dengue Fever New Delhii;
October 5th, 2006
The dengue outbreak in the capital city of Delhi has killed 15 and affected more than 600 people. »Read More
 
 
An Update on Indian Red Cross Flood Relief Action in Rajasthan
Rains and floods has affected 12 Districts in the State of Rajasthan i.e. Banswara, Barmer, Chittorgarh, Kota, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Jalore, Pali, Rajsamand, Sirohi, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. About 57.98 lakh population, 17.35 lakh hectares of cultivable land and 5809 villages are severely affected. Floods have already claimed 130 human lives. »Read More
 
Post-Tsunami Rehabilitation Projects taken Up
PUDUKOTTAI: The Red Cross has taken up post-tsunami rehabilitation projects in two coastal villages with the aim of creating additional facilities and overall economic development of the fishermen community. The Rs.35 lakh project, financially supported by the Red Cross, commenced in R. Pudhupattinam in Avudaiyarkoil taluk and V. Pudhukudi in Manamelkudi taluk in the month of June 2006... »Read More  
 
Indian Red Cross Scales New Heights in Disaster Preparedness
"Although we can not control hazards, but we do have the ability to plan ahead and stop them from becoming disasters,” said S. Lawrence, a Red Cross volunteer from Tamil Nadu. "Planning ahead is the key and this National Disaster Response Team (NDRT-II) is a positive step forward, I feel lucky to be a part of such an initiative" he adds... »Read More
 

World Health Day
The tradition of celebration of the World Red Cross Day on May 8th, was this year observed by paying tribute to the volunteers for their unprecedented contribution to the people in need. A seminar was held at the National Headquarter on the theme, ‘Our strength, Our future- Committed Volunteer' and in this seminar the experienced members of Indian Red Cross Society, commended the volunteers for their selfless efforts... »Read More

 
World Red Cross Day
Every year on April 7th the world celebrates World Health Day and this year too events were organized to mark the importance of health for healthy and happy lives... Read More
 
World Blood Donors Day
He Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), National head quarters (NHQ) celebrated world blood donor day on 14 June, 2006. The event was supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), India delegation. The occasion was marked by a host of activities at the NHQ... »Read More 
 
An Update on Indian Red Cross Flood Relief Action
There is no much respite from the flood havoc and its wrath continues to affect the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The Indian Red Cross continues the relief operations in the affected areas. »Read More
 
An Update on Indian Red Cross Action to Flood Fury
As the flood condition in affected States of India continues to cause concern the Indian Red Cross is actively providing relief items to the flood victims.
In Gujarat State, the flood situation is improving with water receding in affected areas and life gradually returning to normalcy... »Read More
 
Indian Red Cross Responds to the Flood Fury
An emergency co-ordination meeting was convened today at the National Headquarters to review and plan further action in the flood affected States of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Representatives from the IFRC, ICRC and Partner National Societies working in India attended the meeting... »Read More
 
Red Cross Relief For Flood Victims
Torrential rains, swollen rivers and forceful floods have once again made three states of India, Maharasthra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh worst affected leading to evacuation of millions of people, submerging of towns and villages and causing widespread damage to infrastructure and crops... »Read More  
 
Inclusion of the third Emblem the Red Crystal by the State Parties to the Geneva Convention.
The statutory meetings which were held from June 19th to 22nd, 2006 at the CICG, Geneva paved another breakthrough as the third emblem Red Crystal was added to the existing Red Cross and Red Crescent symbols for use by the Israel National Society... »Read More
 
Red Cross Relief For Flood Victims
The National Headquarters of the Indian Red Cross Society released relief supplies valuing Rs.2.5 crores to support 10000 flood victim families each of Assam & Bihar respectively... »Read More
 
World Red Cross Day
Rally by school children with placards describing the theme"Stop Discrimination" and "Protecting Human Dignity"on the roads of New Delhii... »Read More
 
Youth Peer Education - Future Plans
A workshop on 'Youth Peer Education - Future Plans' was organized by Indian Red Cross Society, National Head Quarters in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at Chennai from...
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Induction Course
The International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, India Delegation, organized a two day Induction Course for locally employed staff of the Federation, Partner National Societies based in Delhi and... »Read More
 
 
 
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