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IRCS Support to Manipur ethnic conflict victims

- Sh. SDS Dhillon, Member, NMB and Secretary, IRCS Punjab State Branch attended 6th Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law, held at Pretoria, South Africa from 15th to 19th April 2024

The upcoming World Red Cross Day 2024 theme is ; “Keeping Humanity Alive”.

- IRCS Annual General Meeting
17 July, 2023 [Documents] | [Letter to States/UTs Branches] | [Glimpses]

- Virtual State/UT Leadership meeting
18 November, 2022 [Minutes of Meeting]

 - Advanced Project Cycle Management (PCM) workshop (03 days) at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh State Branch
16-19 November, 2022 [Concept Note]

- State/UT Leadership meeting
22-23 September, 2022

 [ Agenda of the Meeting ] [Minutes of Meeting]

- Message from the Vice Chairman, Dr. Anant Pandhare on World Environment Day, 05th June, 2024. On this World Environment Day, the Indian Red Cross Society National Headquarters is thrilled to share the inspiring celebrations from our state branches across the nation!

-Message from the Vice Chairman, Dr. Anant Pandhare on World No Tobacco Day, 31st May, 2024

-Message from the Hon'ble Vice Chairman, Dr. Anant Pandhare on World Red Cross Day, 08th May, 2024

- Message from Secretary General - World Red Cross Day 08th May 2024

- Message from the Hon'ble Vice Chairman, Dr. Anant Pandhare on World Hemophilia Day, 17th April, 2024

- Message from Secretary General - World Health Day 7th April 2024

- Message from Secretary General - International Volunteer Day 05th December 2023

- Message from Secretary General - World Blood Donors Day 14th June 2023

- Message from the Hon'ble Chairman, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya - World Red Cross Day - 08th May, 2023 (English)

- Message from the Hon'ble Chairman, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya - World Red Cross Day - 08th May, 2023 (Hindi)

- Message from Secretary General - World Red Cross Day 08th May 2023

- Message from Secretary General - World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2022

- Annual General Meeting, 2022
17 May, 2022

[Letter to States/UTs Branches] | [ Documents ] [Proceedings]

-The theme for the World Red Cross Red Crescent Day (May 8, 2022) is #BeHumanKIND
[Message from Chairman - English  | Hindi]   |     [Message from Secretary General]

- Indian Red Cross Society Ambulances Flagged Off
04 April, 2022

-Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Hon’ble Chairman IRCS & Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers flagged off relief supplies for Uttarakhand and UT’s of Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh
29 October, 2021

-National Voluntary Blood Donation Day - 01 October, 2021

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is observed on 1st October in India since 1975 to encourage healthy people to donate blood. IRCS, NHQ organized Blood Donation Camp at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi which was inaugurated by Union Health Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan along with Dr. Sunil Kumar, DGHS, India

- World Blood Donor Day 2021- Message from Secretary General, Sh. R. K Jain (14 June 2021)

-The theme for the World Red Cross Red Crescent Day (May 8, 2021) is #unstoppable.

The aim of this theme is to celebrate the determination and resilience of RCRC staff and volunteers despite COVID-19 and to convey a message of determination and unity in the world.

Message from Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society  -

  • March 20, 2021
    Dr. Harsh Vardhan,
    Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters inaugurated a Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) Testing Facility at the IRCS NHQ Blood Centre. He also inaugurated three fully equipped vehicles, including two blood collection vans which would be used to hold blood camps and add blood units to the Red Cross Blood Centre. More....

  • February 15, 2020
    Red Cross Movement globally has been advocating Tree plantation primarily to address concerns on climate change and global warming
    Mr.R.K Jain, IAS (Retd) Secretary General IRCS (NHQ) and Mr.Udaya Regmi, Head of CCST, IFRC planted saplings to spread the message of Tree plantation at IRCS (NHQ) premises.
    The Secretary General desired that all branches & Red Crosses should plant at least one tree every year and also nourish that to grow so that we make an impact on Mother Earth which is getting warmer year after year

  • The Annual General Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance (India) held on Thursday, the 15th of October, 2020 at 12:30 PM in virtual mode. [Minutes of Meeting] [Some Glimpses...]

During the meeting following statutory business was undertaken:-

i.    Confirmation of the proceedings of the last AGM held on 30th August, 2016. [Click Here]

ii.    Adoption of Annual Report and Audited Annual Accounts of the IRCS and St. John Ambulance (India) for the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

IRCS Annual Report 2016-17 IRCS Annual Accounts 2016-17
IRCS Annual Report 2017-18IRCS Annual Accounts 2017-18
IRCS Annual Report 2018-19IRCS Annual Accounts 2018-19

St. John Annual report 2016-17 | St. John Annual Accounts 2016-17
St. John Annual report 2017-18 | St. John Annual Accounts 2017-18
St. John Annual report 2018-19 | St. John Annual Accounts 2018-19

iii.    Approval of Budget of the IRCS and St. John Ambulance (India) for the year 2020-21.

iv.    Approval of the appointment of statutory auditors for IRCS and St. John Ambulance (India) for the years 2019-20 & 2020-21 and their remuneration..

v.    Awards were announced to be conferred later for best performing branches, blood centres, distinguished Red Crossers & St. John volunteers/workers as well as St. John Ambulance Centres. [Click Here]

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Alerts - 2020

  1. The SUPER CYCLONE ‘AMPHAN’  - Affecting West Bengal and Odisha
    May 19, 2020
    • 1180 trained volunteers in Odisha are engaged in mobilizing people to 65 cyclone shelters & Early warning dissemination. The shelters are being equipped with tarpaulins, masks, firstaid kits,etc. [Glimpses]
    •  Red Cross volunteers in West Bengal are doing all they can to alert people who are at maximum risk. They are preparing communities living near rivers and in slums for evacuation to cyclone shelters. People are also being advised to move to local cyclone shelters. With support of local admin, preparations to minimize damage are being made [Glimpses]


World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 08 May, 2020 #keepclapping for volunteers


  1. Message from Hon'ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind
  2. Message from Hon'ble Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Chairman IRCS
  3. Message from Secretary General, Sh. R.K Jain
  4. Hon'ble Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Chairman IRCS flag off relief material for COVID-19 from IRCS, NHQ and online addresses IRCS branches
  5. Live from Indian Red Cross Society. A Big Thankyou to all the volunteers working very hard to keep us safe! Thankyou for empowering people for life saving information!
  6. Short Video - #keepclapping for volunteers


Glimpses of work done by Red Cross Volunteers

Indian Red Cross Centenary Celebrations - 2020

2019 Indian Red Cross Society – Centenary Celebrations – Logo Design Competition
Last Date:  29 April, 2019

Join our exhibition at IRCS, NHQ, Delhi at 1 Red Cross Road, New Delhi -110001

Click here to download Centenary Logo

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- Youth Fest 2020 
 Dates to be decided

- IRCS States/UTs Secretaries annual meeting
18-19 December, 2019 at IRCS NHQ [Minutes of Meeting]

- Quality Management Systems training for IRCS Blood Banks
by Global Advisory Panel (GAP) of IFRC
at Gujarat, Ahmedabad (4-8 November, 2019)

- Annual General Meeting of IRCS, Telangana State Branch held on 24, Oct, 2019 [Minutes of Meeting]

- IRCS Planning Meeting for 2020
21-23 Oct, 2019 at IRCS NHQ [Agenda]
[Summary of Discussions & Key Action Points]

- Swachhata Hi Sewa - 2019 (Indian Red Cross Society)- "Stopping single use plastic and it's management"
Gallery | Nukkad Nattak in Uttarkhand

- Meeting with States/UTs officials and representatives from railways and brigade to streamline the processes and good governance in St John Ambulance activities
October 04, 2019

-Training on Livelihood need assessment (module 1) at Puri, Odisha - Training on assessing economic security needs [Gallery]
23rd September, 2019 - 27th September, 2019

Inauguration on 23rd September, 2019

Chairperson: Governor of Odisha Prof. Ganeshi Lal. Ms CTM Suguna , the Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer Maj Kalpana Das and Mr R K Jain, Secretary General, NHQ graced the occasion.

Professor Ganeshi Lal, the Governor of Odisha said that we can not differentiate the impact of the disaster, instead we should work to preserve the lives of people.

Secretary General mentioned the role of Red Cross during cyclones Fani, Titaly and the 1999's super cyclone. During all disasters, the Red Cross was one of the main actor to assist the affected communities. He added that in Red Cross the basic duty is to serve the society and to help those who are in need. He also emphasized the role of training exercise in process of learning and how a well planned project is pivot to it's successful implementation. Role of IRCS is to supplement the activities of the Government and to create resilience in the community.

Past Events

- World First Aid Day (Secretary General's Message)
14th September, 2019

- Three-day workshop - Red Cross Communications & Resource Mobilisation in collaboration with ICRC [Agenda] [Report on the workshop]
3-5 September 2019


PT. Uma Shankar Dikshit Road
Teen Murti Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi
Tel: 011 23013631 Fax: 011 23016604


  1. Online Media and the Red Cross by Tanvi, ICRC
  2. Online Media and the Red Cross by Shikha Chopra, IRCS
  3. Media Monitoring for the Red Cross by Jhinuk Mukhopadhyay, ICRC
  4. Geneva Conventions and IHL (Emblem Focus) by Suriya Rao, ICRC
  5. Tools and approach to mobilise resources by Jyotsna Bhatnagar, WFP
  6. Purpose & Goals of CSR in Indian Context  by Manjusha, CAF


- PME and PfR post 2020 in collaboration with IFRC
2-4 September, 2019

-Extraordinary meeting of the Managing Body
02 August, 2019

-National Training of Trainers workshop for SERV Master Trainers
29th July - 03 August, 2019

- 3rd Project Cycle Management workshop [Agenda]
30th July, 2019 - 02 August, 2019

Brief Report on 03 Project Cycle Management (with Result Based Approach) Workshops
(supported by – International Committee of the Red Cross)

-Prof Philippe Vandekerckhove, Global Advisory Panel (GAP) President, CEO, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders along with his team met Secretary General, IRCS in his office on 15 July 2019 to discuss the risk management and corporate governance needs of the IRCS blood services.

GAP meeting at IRCS

- International Yoga Day
21st June, 2019

- World Blood Donor Day (Secretary General's Message)
14th June, 2019

- 3rd Nityanand Gupta Memorial Oration cum Alumni Meet
10th June, 2019

Indian Red Cross Society is organising third  Nityanand Gupta Memorial Oration cum Alumni Meet on 10th June 2019 for Alumni of Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation. Sh. Nityanand Gupta was student of 7th batch of PG Diploma in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation Course and was on deputation to NDRF. Sh. Gupta, Second- in - command, NDRF succumbed alongwith other personnel in an IAF Helicopter crash which was on relief mission during the Uttarakhand Flash Floods 2013.

Glimpses of previous alumni meet

- Ham Radio Training for IRCS officials - 29 May, 2019 [Session by Sh. Sandeep Baruah, Scientist 'F', Vigyan Prasar] - Short Video

-RTI workshop for IRCS officials - 28 May, 2019 [Session by Sh. Umesh Chandra Joshi, Deputy Secretary (Law)]

- World Red Cross Day - 08 May, 2019
           (Secretary General's Message) | (Photos of Celebrations at IRCS State Branches)

- Brainstorming Discussion for improvement of IRCS functioning - 30 April, 2019

- IRCS State and UT branches leadership meeting -7th and 8th March, 2019
   [Minutes of Meeting]


Kindly refer to the State/UT Branch Leadership Meeting held on 7th & 8th of March 2019 in which some recommendations were made and communicated to all the branches. One such decision in the minutes on page no 3 was-:
9.    It was also decided that 16 hour training of First Aid could be spread over to any number of days but not less than 3 days.
All the State/UT branches are advised to put on hold the implementation of the recommendation of reduction of First Aid Training being imparted throughout the country from 8 days to 3 days.
Kindly issue necessary instructions to the District/Sub-district branches, if such an orders has already been issued by you. Otherwise, it may be put on hold for the present.

- National Workshop on Family News Service - 19-22 Nov, 2018 [Details]
- International Yoga Day - 21 June, 2018
- World Red Cross Day - 08 May, 2018 [Photos]
- Nation Youth Fest 2018 - 12-14 February, 2018 [Photos]