RED CROSS / RED CRESCENT MOVEMENT

OVERVIEW:

The Red Cross, established in 1863 in Geneva, by Jean Henry Dunant, is an International Organization meant for humanitarian services. It's headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland with many affiliated National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It is a non-religious, non-political and non-sectarian International body. Regardless of either frontiers or race, the Red Cross remains a voluntary organization and also an independent one having considerable welfare activities to its credit. Red Cross Society functions with the one and only aim of serving people in distress without any consideration of caste, religion, language and nationality. The seven fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are

  1. Humanity
  2. Impartiality
  3. Neutrality
  4. Independence
  5. Voluntary Service
  6. Unity
  7. Universality

BLOOD DONOR CELL - BLOOD GROUP INVENTORY SYSTEM:

Blood is universally recognized as the most precious element that sustains life. It saves innumerable lives across the world in a variety of conditions. Despite the increase in the number of donors, blood remains in short supply during emergencies mainly attributed to the lack of information and accessibility. Donating blood is safe and simple. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the blood donation process. Any healthy adult between 18 years and 60 years of age can donate blood. Donating blood is a life saving measure especially when you have a rare blood type. Blood type is determined by which antibodies and antigens the person's blood produces.

An individual has two types of blood groups namely ABO-grouping and Rh-grouping. Rh is called as the Rhesus factor that has come to us from Rhesus monkeys. Most humans are in the ABO blood group. The ABO group has four categories namely 1) A group 2) B. Group 3) O group and 4) AB group. In the Rh-group either the individual is said to be Rh-Negative or Rh-Positive. Thus blood group of any human being will mainly fall in any one of the following groups- A positive or A negative, B positive or B negative, O positive or O negative, AB positive or AB negative. Type O individuals are often called "universal donors" since their blood can be transfused into persons with any blood type. Those with type AB blood are called "universal recipients" because they can receive blood of any type Blood Donor Cell is maintaining an Inventory Register of voluntary blood donors. Blood Donation request form is available with the BDC and for all emergencies on need basis the donors are sent to authorized blood banks to profuse the blood along with an escort from the college. The recipient parties have to produce the proof of ration card Xerox and medical officer's certification for request along with the details of the blood group.

Red Ribbon Club organised its first meeting on "Aids Awareness" under the presidentship of our college Secretary Yatiswari Saravanabhavapriya Amba in our college on 05.10.2010.

RED RIBBON CLUB:

Red ribbon club is a movement by the Government of India in educational Institutions through which students will be making awareness of AIDS. Through RRC youth are encouraged to learn about safe and healthy lifestyles. The RRC promotes access to information on safe sexual behaviors and voluntary blood donation as well as enable them to become change agents in HIV & AIDS programme.

AIM:

The RRC aims at harnessing the potential of the youth by equipping them with correct information on HIV/AIDS prevention, Care and Support and Treatment. It also aims in building their capacities as peer education in spreading message on positive health behavior in an enabling environment and increasing voluntary blood donation from among youth.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To reduce new HIV infection among youth by raising their risk perception through awareness on Sex, Sexuality and HIV & AIDS.
  • To induce among youth the spirit to help and support people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) thereby is reducing stigma and discrimination against PLHWAs.
  • To motivate youth and build their capacity as peer educators and change agents by develop their skills on leadership, negotiation, and team building.
  • To promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation among youth.