Iranian Red Crescent
Vision of Iranian Red Crescent
The principles for developing a vision for IRCS International Cooperation Strategy are as following:
- The institutional principles and values of the Iranian Red Crescent including the humanitarian and Islamic ethical values, the Constitutional Law of Iran, the 5th National Development Plan of Iran, the Statute of the Iranian Red Crescent, the Fundamental Principles and other rules and regulations of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,
- The mandate and legal responsibilities of the IRCS mainly in the fields of disaster preparedness and response, health, promotion of peace and friendship and dissemination of International Humanitarian Law,
- Humanitarian needs and priorities at national and international levels,
- Actual and potential capacities and resources including budget, and predictable resources until 2023, public voluntary donations, capacities of youth and volunteers and predictable international contributions,
- Improving the IRCS role in the international humanitarian community.
Based on the above principles, the 10 year vision of the IRCS for international cooperation is:
Effective contribution to protection and promotion of human dignity, improving the life of vulnerable people and those affected by disasters and crises and strengthening peace and friendship at international level.
The principles for a mission of IRCS International Cooperation Strategy are as following:
Providing international humanitarian assistance based on
- Sufficient information and knowledge on the needs and priorities of vulnerable and affected people
- Providing humanitarian assistance in a coordinated and timely manner and with taking into consideration of political, economic, social and security situations
- Providing humanitarian assistance with taking into consideration of recovery and long term development of the vulnerable and affected community
- Active and effective participation of the vulnerable people and local community in particular the National Societies in the humanitarian programme
- Respecting the humanitarian and Islamic ethical principles and values in providing humanitarian assistance
- Providing humanitarian assistance according Fundamental Principles and strategies of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,
- Contribution to disaster prevention and risk reduction and improvement of the health condition of the affected community as well as protection of environment,
- Promotion of peace and friendship and culture of non-violence globally
- Enhancement of legal principles and institutional capacities for protection of victims of armed conflicts (International Humanitarian Law) and the safety and security of relief workers
- Effective use of the capacities of youth and volunteers in humanitarian services
Based on the above principles, the 10 year mission of the IRCS International cooperation Strategy is:
More effective provision of humanitarian assistance and services to the vulnerable and affected people in disasters through:
- Upgrading international cooperation and partnerships
- Effective use of available resources and capacities
IRCS has 30 governorate headquarters, one in each province of Iran, and 330 branches throughout the country, as of 2005. Based on the latest structure, it is made up of four departments: relief and rescue (emdād wa najāt), medical provisions (tadārokāt-e pezeški), volunteers (dāvṭalabān), and youth (javānān). The latter is largely made up by high school and university student members.
According to the law enacted by the Iranian Parliament, the society is run by a chairman appointed by the President of Iran. This procedure is in contrast with the elective nature of a society chairman as suggested by the IFRC. The secretary general is responsible for the administrative and executive affairs.
IRCS owns and runs Helal Iran Textile Industries Co., a producer of blankets and tents. SOHA, a manufacturer of disposable medical devices is also owned by the society, as well as Shahrvand, a daily newspaper. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, an English language peer-reviewed journal on clinical and scientific medicine, is another publication of IRCS.
The Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRCS) was established in 1922 under the name of “Red Lion and Sun Society of Iran” and was recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross and later was admitted at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (initially known as the League of Red Cross Societies). Since its formation, the National Society began its activities independently under its constitution and the supervision of a Board of Directors, setting up branches in different cities. The people, often through endowments and donations met the bulk of its financial demands. Since the outset, the National Society has participated in many public activities such as establishing maternity hospitals, setting up clinics with free of charge medical services, supplying water, constructing gravelled roads and helping the army health centres. Up to 1979, the National Society had been able to establish hospitals and medical centres, nursing schools, road relief bases and drugstores, air and marine rescue posts and blood donation banks. Furthermore, the National Society was equipped with 5 airplanes, a hospital ship, and 5 relief helicopters. In 1980, the National Society changed its name and emblem to Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran and expanded its provincial and local branches and various facilities and activities. IRCS is currently the country’s main humanitarian organisation and one of the active members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. At present, most of the National Society’s activities are focussed on rendering relief services to the victims of natural and man-made disasters. Other fields of the National Society’s activities cover the setup of medical and rehabilitation centres, production of medical supplies and medicines and the management of youth and volunteer affairs. In rendering humanitarian services and introducing its activities to public, the IRCS structural components are as below: – Relief and Rescue Organisation – Volunteers Organisation – Youth Organisation – Medical Procurement Organisation – Health, Treatment and Rehabilitation Division – International Affairs and International Humanitarian Law Division – Higher Educational Institute/ Education and Research Division – Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Division – Logistics and Human Resources Development Division – Helal-Iran Textile Industries – Hajj Pilgrimage Medical Centre
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Account holder: Iranian Red Crescent Society Account Number: 1404440 IBAN: IR220120801100000001404440 Swift Code: BKMTIRTH015
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Account holder: Iranian Red Crescent Society Account Number: 999999 IBAN: IR470120805100000000999999 Swift Code: BKMTIRTH015