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                   INDIAN RED CROSS
        The Indian Red Cross's programmes are grouped into four main core areas: Promoting humanitarian principles and values; Disaster response; Disaster preparedness; and Health and Care in the Community.
      Red Cross promotes the Humanitarian values , which encourage respect for other human beings and a willingness to work together to find solutions to problems. From the seven fundamental principles, the movement aims to influence the behaviour of all the people.
     Disaster response continues to represent the largest portion of IRCS work, with assistance to millions of people annually ranging from refugees to victims of natural disasters.
      The sharp increase in the number of natural disasters countrywide in recent years has prompted the Red Cross to devote more attention toDisaster preparedness activities. These aim to make Red Cross Societies and communities more aware of the risks they face, how to reduce their vulnerability, and how to cope when disaster strikes.
       Too many people die as a result of no access to even the most basic health services and elementary health education. Health and community carehas become a cornerstone of humanitarian assistance, and accounts for a large part of Red Cross spending. Through these programmes, the Red Cross aims to enable communities to reduce their vulnerability to disease, and prepare for and respond to public health crises.
       Guiding and supporting the development of its Societies is one of the Red Cross's fundamental tasks and runs through these four core areas and others. Capacity building programmes and activities include : management and volunteer training, improving branch structures, planning, fund-raising and gender equality. creating the opportunity for Red Cross Societies to network .
       Other Major activities includes : hospital services, blood bank, HIV/AIDS programmes ,vocational training centers, tracing activities, maternity , child and family welfare, nursing, junior red cross activities, preparedness and prevention of communicable & infectious diseases, relief operations in fire, railway & other accidents and events .
        “The Youth Red Cross”  is the most important constituent of its parent organization, Indian Red Cross.  It is a group movement organized at the initial stages for students between 18 and 25 years of age within the colleges.  A qualified lecturer is recognized as the leader and he is called the programme officer under his guidance, the students are trained and encouraged to manage the affairs of the group, electing their own office-bearers.
Main Objectives

·         To create an awareness on the care of their own health and  of others.
·         To understand and to accept of civic responsibilities and acting accordingly with humanitarian concern to fulfill the same.
·         To enable the growth and development of a spirit of service and sense of duty with dedication and devotion in the minds of youth.
·         To foster better friendly relationship with all without any discrimination.
·         Protection of health and life.
·         Service to the sick and suffering.
·         Promotion of National and International friendship.
·         To develop the mental and moral capacities of the Youth.
In Tamil Nadu
   Youth Red Cross (YRC) in Tamil Nadu has seen a tremendous and phenomenal growth in a short span of six year.The  membership has increased from a meager 37,000 to 7 lakhs, the number of colleges to start YRC unit has grown from 140 to 852.  Now the Number of Universities are 13 including Arts & Science Colleges, Engineering Colleges, Polytechnic Colleges, Para Medical Colleges, Law & Agriculture Colleges .Under the each university the Vice-Chancellor will be the monitor.  Under whom the Co-ordinators (University Level) District Organizers (District Level) Programme Officers (College Level) will be the functionaries of the YRC unit.
No. of colleges enrolled   :   Over 800 &
Membership                     :    Seven Lakhs.

                7  Fundamental Principles of Youth Red Cross
Humanity :
     The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.
Impartiality :
     It makes no discrimination as to nationally, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress. 
Neutrality :
     In orders to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. 
Independence :
      The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement. 
Voluntary service :
      It is voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. 
Unity :
     There can be only one Red Cross Or Red Crescent in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
Universality :
     The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.
We the members of Youth red cross under the guidance of
Dr.K.U.Suresh Balan,(staff advisor)
Collins Ephereme noble(CRRI), have done the following activities in our college…

1.Awareness of dengue fever and prevention among medical students

Date: November 13 2012
Venue: Lecture Hall KGMCH
Dengue awareness debate program was conducted for the III year MBBS students. 79 students participated in the programme. Nodal officer Dr. K.U. Suresh Balan presided over the programme. The duration of the programme was 2 hrs. Dr. K.U. Suresh Balan welcomed the students & volunteers of YRC.
A debate on the topic ‘Is it possible to eradicate Dengue Fever in Tamilnadu’ Students Karthikeyan, Kuralarasan, Abisheka, & Gomathi participated in the debate. The students debated at the various social, cultural & medical issues in dengue diagnosis & prevention.
Vote of thanks was given by the Youth Red Cross Secretary A. Collins Ephreme Noble ( MBBS Student)

2.Eye Donation camp:

Date: September 10 2012
Venue: IDSP Hall Community Medicine Department KGMCH
Eye donation camp was conducted for MBBS students 60 students from 2nd & 3rd yr MBBS participated in the programme. The function was presided by Dr. K.U. Suresh Balan ( Nodal Officer), Dr. Beena (MS Opthal) , Asst. Professor Ophthalmology Dept.  KGMCH also participated Dr. Beena spoke about the techniques, importance of eye donation.
Out of 60 students 27 students filled the form for eye donation. Nodal officer collected the forms and gave to Dr. Beena.
Programme duration was 2 hrs. (2.00pm -4pm) Vote of thanks was given by A. Collins Ephreme Noble (MBBS Student)

3.Blood Donation camp:

Date: May 15 2013
Venue: Blood Bank KGMCH
Programme duration was 3 hrs (10am-1pm)
Blood donation camp was conducted by Youth Red Cross. MBBS students participated in the camp & 28 students donated blood. The function was presided by Dean Dr. S. Rewathy, Dr. Kaveri (Blood Bank MO) Dr. Mary Vijaya (ARMO) Dr. K.U. Suresh Balan (Nodal Officer) participated in this camp.
Awareness about blood donation was given by Dr.Kaveri (Blood bank MO).

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