World Red Cross Day is an international day that is dedicated to alleviating human suffering, upholding human dignity, protecting life, and preventing emergencies and natural disasters such as flood, epidemics, and earthquakes. The fundamental principles recognized during World Red Cross Day are impartiality, humanity, independence, neutrality, voluntary, universality, and unity. All components of Red Cross organizations uphold and respect these principles.

World Red Cross Day is meant to inspire, facilitate and also promote all humanitarian activities that are carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and National Societies which are its members. This is the day when members of the international Red Cross movement raise the need in assisting suffering people. People are reminded of the need of protecting their lives as well as the dignity of the victims of any armed conflicts and all situations of violence.

Every year 8th May is celebrated as World Red Cross Day to honor the International Red Cross Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant, who was born on this day in 1828. National Societies that are affiliates to ICRC celebrates the World Red Cross Day in their countries to raise the need of protecting life.

The theme of World Red Cross Day 2018 is“Memorable smiles from around the world”. Keeping up with the theme Indian Red Cross Society – Mumbai organized Various Activities to commemorate World Red Cross Day. We conducted a day long Free Screening Camp for Non- Communicable disease. Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for more than 60% of all deaths. NCD’s are primarily divided into 4 categories Cardiovascular diseases, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer. Half of these diseases occur in adults less than 70 years of age and the problems often begin in the young. IRCS – Mumbai Conducted Free test such as CBC, RANDOM BLOOD SUGAR, Lipid Profile, Hba1c, ECG, Pulmonary Function Test, Head and Neck Cancer. The Screening Camp was attended by approximately 100 people.

IRCS – Mumbai also organized a Blood Donation Drive at their Blood Centre and at different spots across Mumbai. Donor from across Mumbai came forward for Blood Donation. In addition to it, IRCS – Mumbai provided Mid-Day Meal to approx. 150 Baiganwadi children of Govandi.

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