Red Cross to open office in Keetmanshoop

10 May 2017 08:20am
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) will open an office at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital on Saturday.
This will be the first Red Cross office in the //Kharas Region.
Humanitarian and Diplomacy Manager, Rosemary Nalisa told Nampa on Tuesday the office will provide humanitarian and social assistance, particularly to the youth, orphans and vulnerable children.
“We have identified youth issues as a concern and will provide social assistance in that regard,” she said.
Also on Saturday, the NRCS will conduct a public sensitisation activity under the bridge running through Keetmanshoop.
“We will disseminate information about our work and our services so people can know what we do and how to reach us,” Nalisa said.
On Monday, the NRCS joined the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in celebrating World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
To mark the day, staff and volunteers of the local branch of the organisation pooled funds which they donated to the Children’s Cancer Ward at the Windhoek Central Hospital, Nalisa said.
In a statement on the day, the NRCS said internationally, the Red Cross reaches more than 160 million people through its network of around 17 million volunteers and 450 000 staff.
In Namibia, the society reaches more than 300 000 people directly, the statement says.
It implements programmes such as water and sanitation, disaster management, livelihood and nutrition, first aid, health and social services, and youth and community outreach through its network of 4 000 volunteers.
“Red Cross volunteers are working in virtually every community, giving their commitment, energy and time,” NRCS Secretary-General Naemi Heita said in the statement.
The 08 May celebration is held to recognise the contribution and achievements of volunteers and staff members around the world.
Heita further called on stakeholders to take cognisance of the effects of climate change that result in more recurrent natural phenomena such as drought and floods.
“We need to strengthen our preparedness and ensure that we build the resilience of communities at risk to enable them to be able to cope with these challenges without or with minimum outside assistance,” she said.
The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is the birthday of the movement’s founder, Henry Dunant 189 years ago. The society was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863.