The role of Red Cross in Nepal
Jean Henri Dunant was a Swiss businessman, influenced by the horrific aftermath of the battle of Solferino, founded the Red Cross Society in 1963 AD. He was honored with the Nobel peace Prize in 1901 AD for all his good deeds throughout the world.
Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) was established in 1963. It was recognized by the ICRC in 1964 and affiliated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1963 AD itself. It’s headquarter is in Kalimati in Kathmandu. It is providing services for the needy and the helpless people. The principles of the Red Cross Society are:
- Voluntary services
Nepal Red Cross Society’s Vision
Nepal Red Cross Society shall remain an efficient, self-sustainable, and independent humanitarian organization committed to provide immediate relief to human suffering and reduce vulnerability, under the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross, through its network of Red Cross workers throughout the country working closely with communities and governmental and non-governmental organizations in a democratic, transparent and participatory way.
Nepal Red Cross Society’s Mission
The mission of the Nepal Red Cross is to relieve human suffering and to reduce vulnerability through community participation and mobilization of an increased number of volunteers, by expanding and strengthening the organizational structure of the society and by building links with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The Red Cross Society has a wide range of services, such as:
- Providing food, clothes and other necessities for the disaster victims.
- Rehabilitating refugees and the homeless people.
- Conducting blood donation programs and providing blood for the sick and the needy people from its blood bank.
- Providing medical treatment for the injured and distributing medicines free of cost.
- Conducting child health programs
- Supplying clean drinking water to the people where it is lacking.
- Running household management programs for women from remote villages.
- Keeping the record of the missing people during wars.
- Looking after physically challenged people.
- Conducting rescue operations.
The further functions and objectives of NRCS are as follows:
- To serve war-victims, both civilians and army personnel, in times of armed conflict, and to work in the fields identified by the Geneva Conventions, including Tracing, in times of peace.
- To contribute to promoting and improving health condition, preventing of diseases and reducing suffering.
- To arrange for emergency relief services for disaster victims.
- To organize Junior and Youth Red Cross as an integral part of Nepal Red Cross Society and to conduct activities promoting their participation.
- To promote the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement and International Humanitarian Law with the objective of developing humanitarian ideals.
- To ensure respect for the International Humanitarian Law and protection of the Red Cross Emblem.
- To perform other functions of community development and public welfare.