Battling COVID-19





Our Success Stories: Saving Lives, Changing Minds!

29 April, 2021: Indian Red Cross Society received

  • 20 Oxygen Concentrators, 75 Ventilator, 150 Bedside monitors, 2,00,928 Fabipiravir/Coronavir from EMERCOM of Russia early morning and handed over to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India #CovidIndia #RussiaIndia #Unite2FightCorona
  • Second consignment of 120 oxygen concentrators from British Embassy, Berlin

28 April 2021:  Indian Red Cross Society received

  • 256 Oxygen Cylinders and 16 Cylinder Steel Rack, from  Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs  which were handed over to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  • 200 oxygen concentrators, from M/o Health & Wellness Mauritius in Mumbai to be handed over to health authorities

27 Apr 2021: Indian Red Cross Society received 20  ventilators, 100 C PAP, 20 Bi PAP machines and 95 oxygen concentrators, from @FCDO Services, @BritishEmbassy, Berlin. Equipment were handed to @MoHFW_INDIA  for the distribution to medical facilities. #Covid19IndiaHelp #Unite2FightCorona

IRCS COVID 19 Bulletins


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COVID-19 and World Red Cross Day


MOHFW & Indian Red Cross Society:
National TOT - IRCS Volunteers for COVID-19 Material

1. Presentations
English I Hindi

2. Facilitator Guide
English I Hindi

3. Pocket Book
English I Hindi


Appeal COVID-19


IRCS thanks the benevolent people who are sending messages, e-mails and making phone calls   to express their solidarity with us. You may send your donations to take forward our Covid 19 humanitarian work. Tax exemption under 80G is available for contributions. You may also donate items such as ventilator, masks, sanitiser, gloves, dry ration etc at any of our State/UT Branches. Please get in touch with our branch  NODAL OFFICERS for details.

COVID 19 Press Coverage

US Governments' Gift of 100 Ventilators Received on June 16, 2020 at IRCS NHQ

IRCS Secretary General, Sh R K Jain, IAS (Retd) accepted the first tranche of 100 ventilators from the US Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenneth I. Juster on behalf of the US Government at the National Headquarters of the Indian Red Cross. More...

'Government of India has taken extensive steps to manage COVID19. To supplement the efforts of the Jack Ma Donationgovernment, Indian Red Cross has mobilized first tranche of essential supplies consisting of 10000 face masks, 10000 protective body suits, 20 Ventilators and 50 Thermal guns.

This consignment, which has been received yesterday has been donated by Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundation. Indian Red Cross appreciates their magnanimity at this difficult juncture'

Shri R. K. Jain (IAS Retd), Secretary General, Indian Red Cross Society.
30 March, 2020

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Fighting COVID 2019Indian Red Cross has scaled up preparedness to tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic by initiating a myriad of activities. In the initial phase of the outbreak, volunteers were trained, awareness & prevention programs were conducted to sensitize people & vulnerable communities.

Mass gatherings, that expose people to greater health risks during public health emergency situations were targeted. Volunteers reached vulnerable people at locations such as railway stations to educate them on prevention & spread of COVID2019.

In order to build trust and engage with communities so that 2 way conversations may be facilitated, IEC material in local languages was printed and distributed.  Queries were addresses, fears were allayed and rumours and misinformation was countered with facts. 

Post lockdown, volunteers are working in tandem with local governments, health departments and police personnel to ensure no one is left behind. Essential commodities such as food, dry ration, water, vegetables are being distributed among the needy especially migrant workers, homeless, the elderly and communities living in remote areas. The needy are being reached at highways, temporary shelters, slums and rural areas. Soaps, masks, sanitizers, blankets and other essential relief aid is being distributed. 

Volunteers are working in community kitchens, distributing essentials at the doorstep of the elderly and others in need. They are also supporting the state governments in strengthening the fight against COVID19 by enforcing social distancing in public places, conducting community surveillance to ensure people stay indoors and encouraging people to wash their hands regularly. 


Daily Reports from States/UTs Branches

Initiatives during COVID-19 as on 30 March, 2020

A large pool of trained volunteers of Indian Red Cross Society, with a network of more than 1100 branches, are undertaking following activities in close cooperation with the local government.

  • Awareness Campaign
  • Printing and distribution of IEC material on COVID-19 in local language.
  • Procurement and distribution of hygiene & personal safety materials like masks, soaps, sanitizers etc.
  • House to house visit to explain about the precautions to be taken for COVID-19
  • Distribution of food items to poor and needy.
  • Dry ration, vegetables and kitchen being run in many places in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
  • Red Cross volunteers in many states, especially in Uttrakhand and Haryana are helping to maintain social distancing at the shops where people come for essential items.

2.            Health Ministry has requested all State Governments to use the services of Red Cross volunteers for community surveillance.
3.            Coordinating the import of essential items, containing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), test kits, ventilators, thermal guns and masks from Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundation from China on behalf of and to be given to Ministry of Health & FW.
4.            Red Cross vehicles have been made available to the local administration.  Two ambulances in each district of Haryana have been given; Around 1800 vehicles of Mother & Child Care operated by Tamil Nadu Red Cross, on behalf of State Govt. are being used for transportation of patients. 
5.            Logistic support to an Isolation Centre in Gurugram; 20-bedded quarantine centre set up in Red Cross hospital, Silchar, Assam; food, hygiene, beds, medicines etc. provided in the additional Isolation centres set up in Gurugram and Ahmedabad.
6.            65 Cyclone shelters in Odisha run by Red Cross are now being converted into Isolation Centres.
7.            The Blood Bank in Delhi is run 24X7.  In view of the lockdown, pick-up and drop facility provided  by Red Cross to donors.

8.            More than 5000 family tents kept ready.

State-wise Details

Name of State/UT Number of Volunteers- COVID warriors Contact Information of COVID Nodal Officers in States/UTs Number of Districts Activities Current Focus



Mr. Diganta Bujarbaruah, Gen Secretary 9864159990


1. Awareness campaigns, distribution of IEC material
2. Door to door visits to educate communities on COVID 19
3. Distribution of hygiene and personal safety material  like masks sanitizers, etc.
4. Enforcing social distancing in public places
5. Hospital ambulances placed at the disposal of District administration 
6. 6 quarantine centres are ready. Another 2 shall be readied, if need arises in different districts







1. Family link established with pilgrims of Assam, Golaghat stuck in Brindavan, UP. Total pilgrims- 32 
2. Link established between IRCS, Meghalaya and District administration, East Garo hills, Meghalaya for 10 labourers residing in our shelter camp in Guwahati.
3. A shelter camp for stranded people has been arranged at IRCS regional warehouse, Noonmati. 
4. Distribution of packed food and dry ration to the poor & needy
5. Providing spaces to the DA for setting up quarantine wards
6. Home delivery is being provided for the elderly, disabled. people under home quarantine for medicines and other essential commodities 
7. Senior citizens and women headed households being given essential supplies. Volunteers demonstrating use of mask, hand wash and other self protection measures

Andhra Pradesh

State Report


Mr. A K Parida,
IAS (Retd.) 7032319999


2.5 lakh village and ward volunteers appointed by the State Government at the rate of one volunteer for 50 households have identified 29672 foreign returnees after house to house survey. 178 of them are admitted in hospitals and the remaining 29,672 are isolated and home quarantined.
1. Community Surveillance being undertaken, IEC activities being carried out to educate the masses
2. Awareness generation activities being conducted in public areas, traffic signals, etc. whereas social media being utilized to spread awareness.
3. Distributing masks among the masses, especially among the officers and staff involved in Corona Duties.
4. Distributing food and water among volunteers and government staff on duty.
5. Distributed Rice, vegetables and dry rations in old age homes and orphanages.

1. Enforcing social distancing, particularly in market areas.
2. Community kitchen started for distribution of food packets and water to the needy, esp. migrant labourers.
3. Providing support to the Shelter Homes started for the stranded migrant labourers  and other needy persons by the District Administration.
4. Working as part of and in association with the District Control Rooms and State Control Room established by the State Government.
6. APSB has launched a toll free number to strengthen its spectrum of services- 1800- 425-1234. This number works 24x7  







Sh. Pranav Singh


1. Volunteers are enforcing social distancing in PDS shops, medical shops & vegetable/fruit shops. 
2. Awareness generation activities are being carried out on prevention and spread of covid19. 
3. Migrant labourers and the needy are being provided food and water. 

Goa COVID Bulletin 20 Apr, 2020
79 Shri Subhash T. Salkar
General Secretary

1. Essential food material was ordered from the dealers who had food stocks & packets of essential food items were distributed among the needy families, migrant workers stranded in  industrial areas.
2. Hotels were requested to give lunch packs for the distribution to the needy
3. 5000 masks were stitched by self help groups.
4. Assistance was given to sick and senior citizens.
5. Volunteers are helping in putting grocery stores in order for smooth functioning. 
6. Essential commodities such as Vegetables/fruits, ration, medicines are being delivered at the doorstep of elderly people & others in need.
7. Migrant labourers, homeless and other needy are being provided food, ration, medicines, water, etc.

1. Getting essential items of food for the distribution.
2. Finding the communities/families in  distress. 











State Report
  Sh. Prakash Parmar
  1. Enforcing social distancing in public places
2. Thalassemic children being provided medicines & transportation for blood transfusion


State Report



1. Sh. D.R. Sharma,
General Secretary,
Indian Red Cross Society,
Haryana State Branch.
Contact No. 9958331199

2. Sh. Sanjeev Dhiman,
State Training Officer,
Indian Red Cross Society,
Haryana State Branch.
Contact No. 8360410758 (whatsapp)





1. Awareness campaigns are being conducted, pamphlets are being distributed, people are being motivated to practice hand sanitizing and social distancing through doorstep visits and social media
2. All districts have also created whatsapp groups to keep he volunteers updated and monitor their activities
3. Distributed 3,28,000 masks (2,25,000 by IRCS, Haryana and 1,03,000 through social workers) and 8000 sanitizers 
4. Isolation Centres:  Beds and other emergency material has been procured, medicines worth Rs.25 lacs have been procured

1. Packed foods and dry rations have been distributed to 3,07,241 persons 
2. Community kitchens are being run to prepare packed foods.
3. All the Rain Baseras being run by 13 District Red Cross Branches in Haryana have been converted into night shelters. Similarly other district branches have also occupied community centres, working women hostels, dharamshalsa and shoools for the same purpose. 1625 persons are being provided shelter

Himachal Pradesh 582     1. Awareness campaigns, doorstep visits to educate on covid19, distribution of IEC, facilitating social distancing
2. Distribution of masks, sanitizers, packed food, dry ration
3. Ambulances at the disposal of the DA
4. Logistic support

1. Distribution of packed food & dry ration
2. Facilitating social distancing in public places

Jammu & Kahmir

State Report


Mr. Imran Muzaffar
Program Manager

Mr. Vinod Malhotra
Honorary Secretary
IRCS Jammu Regional Branch

Mr. Mohammad Yousuf Zargar
Honorary Secretary
IRCS Kashmir Regional Branch

20 1. Awareness campaign and distribution of IEC Material
2. Distribution of Hygiene and personal safety materials like masks, sanitizers etc.
3. Enforcing social distancing - PA announcements
4. Logistic support to
Isolation/Quarantine Centre - Food, water, beds, bedsheets, pillows
5. Assistance to authorities in
surveillance, support to health workers in hospitals in quarantine centres
6. Distribution of blankets to stranded passengers at Railway Station
Distribution of packed food and dry ration to poor, needy and migrant labourers.

1. Volunteers are going door to door to create awareness on prevention and spread of covid19.
2. Soaps are being distributed among the masses to encourage them to wash their hands regularly.
3. Volunteers are also enforcing social distancing in public places.
4. The hospitals are providing service to the needy free of any charges. 



Karnataka Red Cross Response Report

13150 Mr Shivashankar
Public Relations Officer
30 1. Awareness campaigns & distribution of IEC material- 4,00,000 handouts
2. Door to door visits to educate on COVID19
3. Distribution of hygiene & PPE such as masks, sanitizers, etc.
4. Enforcing social distance in public places
5. Logistic support to isolation centres
6. Red Cross ambulances placed at the disposal of District Administration. 
1. At districts, shelter homes are being arranged in Kalyan mandaps, stadiums, BBMP Choultries for migrant labour, daily wagers.
2. Packed food, dry ration and water being distributed among the poor, needy & stranded people
3. Providing support to community kitchens being run.
Kerela       1. Supplying dry ration to the needy 
2. Community kitchens are being run and food is being supplied to the needy across the state
3. Volunteers are conducting surveillance of all vehicles 24/7.
Madhya Pradesh       1. Distributing dry ration/groceries to the needy.   
Maharashtra 300


35 1. Awareness campaigns are being run and IEC material is being distributed 
2. Door to door visits being conducted to educate on COVID-19
3. Distribution of Hygiene and personal safety materials like masks, sanitizers, etc.
4. Enforcing social distancing
5. Red Cross Ambulances placed at disposal of District Administration
1. Distribution of packed food and dry ration among the poor, needy and migrant labourers


State Report

      1. Awareness generation, distribution of IEC material, facilitating social distancing
2. Distribution of dry ration among the needy, children's homes, Homes for the disabled, etc.
3. Conducting proper hand wash demonstrations 
4. Helping victims of fire tragedy's & other needy with essential relied aid during covid19
1. Reaching the needy with dry ration, fresh farm vegetables
2. Facilitating social distancing in public places
3. Creating awareness on covid19


State Report


Sh. Ranjan Mahanty
Sh. Ajay Tripathy
Sh. Laxman Swain







30 (THIRTY) DISTRICT, 01 Regional Branch and
01 City Branch

1. Awareness and demonstration on proper Hand Wash technique
2. Distribution of IEC material to create awareness. Banners are being posted in prominent places, schools and colleges
3. Care takers and service providers being provided support through supply of drinking water, fruits & masks


1. Assistance to senior citizens, migrants.
2. Promoting blood donation, especially through involvement of Youth & Junior RC Counsellors and SERV Volunteers
3. 65 Cyclone shelters being converted to isolation centers







State Report

800 S. Amarjit Singh,
State Coordinator 9915885864
22 1. Distributing food and dry ration among the needy
2. MDR TB patients being provided ration by volunteers through personal contribution
3. Awareness campaigns, distribution of IEC material doorstep visits, facilitating social distancing
4. Distribution of Masks, Sanitizers, gloves

1. Distribution of dry ration to the needy
2. Ambulances are at service 24*7
3. District Muktsar has started a "Mask Movement". More than 6500 masks have been stitched till date  





Sikkim   Dr R.N Deokota
Tamil Nadu 3600

Contact Mr Karnan at 9841760454

Dr.Harish L Metha, Chairman, 9444440428 & Thiru M.S.M. Nasruddin, General Secretary -9444400555


1. Awareness campaign and distribution of IEC material
2. Help Desk to educate on COVID-19
3. Distribution of Hygiene and personal safety materials like masks, sanitizers etc.
4. Enforcing social distancing
5. Distribution of packed food and dry ration among poor, needy and migrant labourers.



State Report

  Sh. K Madan Mohan Rao,
General Secretary
Sh. Vijaykumar Babu
  1. Food items, dry ration and other essential items being distributed among the needy.  
Tripura 175   8 1. Food items, dry ration and other essential items being distributed among the needy.  
Uttar Pradesh       1. Awareness generation activities being conducted on prevention & spread of covid19 in remote rural areas by doctors and volunteers.
2. Communities are being educated on proper hand washing technique and encouraged to practice social distancing.

3. Masks being distributed among those stepping out for essential work. Social distancing being enforced outside, pharmacies, kirana stores, etc.  
4. Volunteers are facilitating delivery of essential commodities at the doorstep of senior citizens, women-headed households and anyone else in need.



State Report

300 Neeru Bhatt Petwal Mob. No. 7330861055 13 1. Awareness drives and distribution of IEC material across the state
2. Doorstep visits to educate people on COVID19, specially in slum areas.
3. Mask, sanitizers, soaps, bleaching powder and gloves have been distributed.
4. Circles has been drawn by volunteers outside daily need shops to enforce social distancing.
1. Distribution of dried ration among the poor, needy and migrant labourers. 
2. Given family tents to Dehradun administration for creating temporary shelters if the need arises
3. Requested the DG Health to convert MCH Hospitals- Naagthat (30 beds) and Chamma (25 beds) into isolation centers
West Bengal   Sh. Syed Nasiruddin, General Secretary
  1. Food & ration distribution to villagers and other needy people.
2. Awareness generation on covid19 through drives in remote rural areas
3. Demonstration of proper hand washing technique among the masses

For any queries, partnership, donation, opportunity to volunteer, blood needs & blood donation etc relating to the states kindly get in touch with the nodal officers of the states in the above table. For national level partnership, voluntary  donation and technical clarification one may write to  Mr N K Singh, Deputy Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, New Delhi  on email : or call 9818695865

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Community Kitchen Haryana

Social Distancing Orrisa Kerela surveillance of vehiclesKerela community kitchen


Haryana Red Cross: Community Sensitization
Volunteers are working in community kitchens to prepare and distribute food and dry ration among stranded people, migrant labourers and other needy people.

Odisha Red Cross: Volunteers facilitate social distancing among rural communities as they step out to collect water 



Kerala Red Cross: preparing packed food for the needy in community kitchens across the state.

Volunteers conducting surveillance of vehicles 24/7

Food PacketsRtaion at OLdage home Gujarat Health department surveillance telanganaSocial distancing outside shops


Shelter Home TNSocial Distancing TN


Gujarat Red Cross- Food Packets
Ration is being provided to residents of old age home
Telangana Red Cross- Social Distancing outside Pharmacy Shops
Volunteers are working with government staff to verify the health status of close contacts of covid19 positive cases.
Tamil Nadu Red Cross- Homeless people being rehabilitated in shelter homes.
Social distancing being enforced in public places
Food distribution to the needy Food is being distributed among the needy in UP. Volunteers are also ensuring social distancing is being practiced.  Awareness W.B.


Corona War room UK

Home delivery Uttarakhand

  West Bengal- Volunteers demonstrate proper handwash technique Uttarakhand District Red Cross- Volunteers make calls to suspect cases and educate them on covid19
Essential commodities being home delivered for the elderly, disabled and others in need.

Providing dry ration to the needy in Assam

Quarantine Assam

Jammu Food distribution

Redcross volunteers in Jammu & Kashmir are distributing essential items such as food, ration, PPE- masks, soaps, etc. among the needy and poor. They are reaching remote areas and ensuring no one goes hungry.


distribution of food to the needy-MPBina MP Food distribution

Food being distributed to the needy in Madhya Pradesh





Volunteers in Manipur reach the needy with releif aid such as dry ration, fresh farm vegetables

Punjab Himachal Pradesh
Karnataka Bihar Andaman & Nicobar