Islamabad, 26 October 2016: Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) and UNICEF signed an MoU to jointly work in seven areas that include including Disaster Risk Reduction, Education and School Safety, Use of U-Report for advocacy and accountability by giving youth and citizens a tool to communicate their needs and experience, cash transfers for humanitarian and development work, Mines Risk Education, Water & Sanitation, Maternal Newborn and Child Health.
The MoU signing ceremony took place at Pakistan Red Crescent National Headquarters Islamabad. Secretary General PRC Ghulam Muhammad Awan signed the MoU on behalf of PRC while UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Ms. Angela Kearney signed MoU on behalf of UNICEF. PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi, Members of PRC Managing Board Dr Jamal Nasir, Mumtaz Haider, UNICEF Partnership Officer Jamila Sikandar Khan and PRC National Media & Communication Coordinator Khalid Bin Majeed were also present at this occasion.
Speaking at the occasion Chairman PRC Dr Saeed Elahi said that the strategic alliance with UNICEF not only allows us to strengthen each other’s capacity to prepare for an emergency but also helps provide effective response and early recovery to ensure that rights of every child and woman are upheld during a humanitarian crisis.
UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Ms. Angela Kearney said that together, the UNICEF and the PRC hold great potential to more effectively address many of the humanitarian challenges faced by the most vulnerable populations in the country, children and young people in particular.
President Azad Jammu & Kashmir Sardar Masood Abdullah while appreciating the humanitarian activities of Pakistan Red Crescent said that PRC is serving the humanity in an exceptional manner by acting upon its 7 humanitarian principles. PRC work is admirable, the living standards of Kashmiri people has improved to a great extent through PRC humanitarian programs.
The President AJK expressed this while meeting with Pakistan Red Crescent Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi, PRC Secretary General Ghulam Muhammad Awan and PRC National Media and Communication Coordinator Khalid Bin Majeed at Kashmir House Islamabad.
On the occasion, PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Ealhi passed on good wishes to President AJK Masood Abdullah on assuming charge as President AJK and briefed him about the ongoing humanitarian activities of PRC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. President AJK lauded the efforts of PRC and assured his full support for its humanitarian activities.
The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) will register one hundred thousands blood donors besides establishing 121 state-of-the-art laboratories with blood donor centers across the country.
This was stated by PRC Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi while addressing the launching ceremony of Red Crescent Laboratories and Blood Donor Centers at Fatima Jinnah Auditorium, National Headquarters Islamabad. He said that blood donation is a specialty of PRC and registration of 0.1 million blood donors is a new inclusion in our vision of achieving 5 million volunteers by 2020. Dr Saeed Elahi said that the newly established labs are as per international standards and patients will be offered discounts on all kinds of medical tests. Talking about the new initiative, he said that PRC will soon start blood screening tests in jails and in this regard a pilot project is already underway at Adiala Jail where around 5000 people would get benefited from lab services.
While addressing the ceremony, PRC Secretary General Ghulam Muhammad Awan said that PRC Blood Donor Center has launched a joint venture with Gulf Marketing International for lab expansion. He said latest technologies and up to date equipment for all sorts of lab tests will be installed in phase 1 of expansion while radiography such as X-Ray, CT scan, MRIs will also be included in phase 2 of expansion. He said that these labs are well equipped and capable to perform 2000 different lab tests.
Chief Executive Gulf Marketing International Rana Muhammad Shafiq said that it is indeed a historic moment for him and his company to join hands with PRC in this humanitarian cause.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Guest and former Commandant Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Major General (Retd) Farooq Ahmed said that it is a memorable occasion for him. He lauded the efforts and vision of Chairman PRC and said that initiatives such as these will help the humanity to a great extent. At the end of ceremony, Dr. Saeed Elahi presented shields to Dr. Asma Cheema, Ms. Uzma Yaqoob, Dr. Wasifa and to Chief Guest Maj. Gen. (Retd) Farooq Ahmed.
Later, Maj. Gen. Retd. Farooq Ahmed inaugurated the first Red Crescent Lab along with PRC management while IFRC Head of Delegation Ghorkhmaz Huseynov and ICRC Michael Myers were also present on the occasion.
The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) will setup a state-of-the-art cardiac hospital in Quetta with the support of overseas Pakistanis besides establishing First Aid Kiosk to meet any on toward situation. This was stated by Chairman PRC Dr Saeed Elahi after his meeting with Chief Minister Balochistan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri at CM House Quetta.
Dr Saeed Elahi said that the Chief Minister Balochistan appreciated the humanitarian services of the PRC in mitigating the suffering of the vulnerable, especially during Quetta Civil Hospital blast. He said the PRC was the first to reach the blast site and six ambulances, para-medics and volunteers led by provincial branch secretary Dr Imran carried out the rescue operation besides donating blood for the injured. He said that CM has also announced 500,000 rupees to ERT (Emergency Response Team) of PRC to appreciate timely effected rescue operations to Civil Hospital blast.
Dr Saeed Elahi said that CM Balochistan has assured his full support to PRC activities and broadening its network to the most affected areas. He said that the organization will provide medicines to Basic Health Units (BHUs) of the province. He expressed that PRC will revive its district branches including Loralai, Sibi and Kharan.
One of the deadliest terrorist attacks in history took place in Quetta on 8th August 16 Monday morning at Civil Hospital Quetta taking around 70 precious lives and leaving dozens injured.
PRC was instantly informed and ERT (Emergency Response Team) PRC staff under supervision of PRC Secretary Balochistan Dr. Imran rushed to the spot along with six ambulances. PRC team gave First Aid to the injured, shifted them to other hospitals and transported dead bodies as well.
Dr. Imran lost his cousin Farooq Badini too in this occurrence but he along with his team kept conducting rescue operation by the end of the day.