Plan of Action & Appeals
The Lebanese Red Cross policy aims to develop its position as the most effective humanitarian volunteer Society on the national level. This is achieved by strengthening its voluntary human and financial resources. It mobilizes the power of humanity in society and concentrates its efforts and services towards the most vulnerable people in order to protect human dignity. It contributes to maintaining balance in society with focus on promoting the national humanitarian spirit among young people.
The Lebanese Red Cross is the largest national humanitarian organization in Lebanon. It has 7,000 volunteers (male and female) and a limited number of qualified staff trained to effectively manage the different services and activities and serve the most vulnerable people of the Lebanese community in various fields.
The Lebanese Red Cross has developed its work, services and activities for more than 50 years (since 1945). Its scope of services today includes among others: medical and social services, first aid, teaching first aid techniques, teaching nursing, blood transfusion and distribution, prevention and health education, handicapped services, educational and recreational programs for the youth, dissemination of the International Humanitarian Law and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Principles, mine awareness, school health and other humanitarian activities.
The LRC mission aims to spread and promote peace, serve the society, and ease human pain without any discrimination as to nationality, social class or political commitments. The National Society plays a leading national role in first aid and ambulance services, as well as providing blood, primary health, and social services.
Nonetheless, LRC will strengthen its position and look to other areas where it will be able to play a significant role, such as disaster preparedness, road safety, preventive healthcare services, and youth and volunteer activities, which are essential in order to promote humanitarian values among the new generation of citizens. Based on the above, and the International Federation Strategy 2010, the LRC established a development plan with annual plans of action in order to reach the objectives.
The priorities of the Society include continuing the implementation of institutional changes based on the organizational development program; focusing on the governance structure by reviewing the organization and establishing a long-term development plan; developing resource management strategies in order to become economically self-sufficient; supporting and further developing the activities and recruitment of volunteers in the National Society through various Red Cross activities and services; strengthening the base of volunteers through youth, to ensure quality performance of the first aid and ambulance services on a national level; continuing the assistance through primary healthcare and social centers; supporting the most vulnerable through health and social welfare services; ensuring quality performance of the services at the blood banks, completing the technical set-up of the blood banks and promoting blood donations to the public.
How does the Lebanese Red Cross finance its services and activities?
The Society relies mainly on the following resources:
- Volunteer membership subscriptions
- Symbolic fees collected for medical services, blood transfusions, preventive instructions and teaching programs
- Annual fund-raising campaign (contributions of the Lebanese community)
- Donations, legacies and aids from individuals, firms and institutions
- Programs financed by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross-Geneva
- Contracts with the public sector (particularly the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of the Displaced)
- Programs financed by international institutions