Plan of Action & Appeals
The Lebanese Red Cross policy aims to develop it's position as the most effective humanitarian volunteer Society on the national level. This is achieved by strengthening its voluntary human and financial resources. The capability to mobilize the power of humanity in the society and by concentrating its efforts and services towards the most vulnerable people in order to protect human dignity and contribute to maintaining balance in the 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 7000 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.
LRC mission is to spread and promote peace, serve the society, alleviate human pain without any discrimination as to nationality, social class or political commitments. The National Society has 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 health-care 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 on the backdrop of the International Federation Strategy 2010, the LRC established 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, develop resource management strategies in order to become economically self-sufficient, to support and further develop the activities and recruitment of volunteers in the National Society through various Red Cross activities and services; to strengthen the base of volunteers through youth, to ensure quality performance of the first-aid and ambulance service on a national level, to continue the assistance through primary health care and social centers, support to the most vulnerable part health and social welfare services; ensure quality performance of the services performed through the blood banks, complete the technical set-up of the blood banks and promote blood donations to the public.
How does the Lebanese Red Cross finance its services and activities?
The Society relies mainly on the following resources :
- Volunteers membership subscriptions
- Symbolic fees collected for medical services, blood transfusion, 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