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  1. What is the worst disaster the Lebanese Red Cross has ever dealt with?
  2. Who founded the Lebanese Red Cross?
  3. Why are symbols other than a red cross used by other National Societies within the Movement?
  4. Where can I give blood?
  5. How can the Red Cross help me?
  6. Can I get a disease if I give/receive blood?
  7. Who founded the Red Cross?
  8. Is the Lebanese Red Cross part of the Lebanese government?
  9. What can I do to help?
  10. What are the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement?
1- What is the worst disaster the Lebanese Red Cross has ever dealt with?
The Lebanese Red Cross has dealt with a great number of disasters and wars. During the Lebanese Civil War which started in 1975, the number of volunteers increased to 150 first aiders due to the need created. In 1982, with the escalation of the Israeli hostilities against Lebanon, this number increased to reach 1000 first aiders in 27 centers.

Today, there are almost 2600 volunteers spread over 42 first aid centers and 3 operation rooms across the country who participated in recent disasters like of the July-August war and the Nahr el Bared incidents to save the life of victims. 2- Who founded the Lebanese Red Cross?
The story behind the formation of the Lebanese Red Cross was a group of Lebanese graceful women from. The women started what was known as the “Lebanese French Red Cross” that provided humanitarian aid and distributed medical and food supplies.
Later with the independence of Lebanon, the government decided to embrace the Lebanese French Red Cross as a national society so the name was changed to the Lebanese Red Cross, gains recognition, and starts to expand its coverage and services consecutively. The first president of the society would become Marquise Alice Du Freige one of the pioneers. 3- Why are symbols other than a red cross used by other National Societies within the Movement?
Although the red cross is not a religious symbol, the symbol of the red crescent is used instead of the red cross by societies in most Islamic countries. 4- Where can I give blood?
Individuals wishing to make a blood donation to the Red Cross may call their local centers.
Blood Bank Center Phone Numbers
Spears (Headquarters) 01/372802-3-4-5
Zahle 08/804930
Jounieh 1975 09/931750
Tabaris 01/332100-322105
Antelias 1976 04/524164
Tripoli 01/601429
Beit Eddine 03/468728
Saida 07/752141
Nabatieh 1998 07/765505
(For more about Blood Donations click here..) 5- How can the Red Cross help me?
The Lebanese Red Cross is dedicated to save lives and reduce suffering. This organization serves humanity and helps you by providing relief to victims of accidents, wars, and disaster. The Red Cross is responsible for diverse emergency services, medical services, social, and a significant percentage of the Lebanon’s blood supply and blood products.

The Red Cross also provides awareness. In the wake of wars, natural disasters, it provides relief services to communities across the country. The Red Cross is Lebanon’s most trusted charitable organization in Lebanon, and needs the help and the support of Lebanese to succeed. 6- Can I get a disease if I give/receive blood?
Giving blood: The procedure itself is very safe-every donation is taken from a new and sterile needle, which is immediately disposed of after that single use. When these procedures are followed, you cannot contract the virus that causes AIDS.

Receiving blood: It is also safe to receive a blood transfusion. In fact, the risks of contracting a blood-borne disease through transfusion are far less than the risks of not receiving that transfusion at all. The nation's blood supply is safer today than it has ever been and is as safe as modern science and medicine can make it. The chance of contracting the virus that causes AIDS through a blood transfusion is 1 in 1.5 million. 7- Who founded the Red Cross?
The Red Cross idea was born in 1859, when Henry Dunant, a young Swiss man, came upon the scene of a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy, between the armies of imperial Austria and the Franco-Sardinian alliance. Some 40,000 men lay dead or dying on the battlefield and the wounded were lacking medical attention. Dunant organized local people to bind the soldiers' wounds and to feed and comfort them.

On his return, he called for the creation of national relief societies to assist those wounded in war, and pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions. In October 1863, The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was created in Geneva, Switzerland, to provide nonpartisan care to the wounded and sick in times of war. The Red Cross emblem was adopted at this first International Conference as a symbol of neutrality and was to be used by national relief societies. In August 1864, the representatives of 12 governments signed the Geneva Convention Treaty.

The extraordinary efforts of Henry Dunant led to the eventual establishment of the International Red Cross. Today, the Red Cross Movement incorporates the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the International Federation), as well as National Societies in 175 countries, including the Lebanese Red Cross of the United States. 8- Is the Lebanese Red Cross part of the Lebanese government?
The Lebanese Red Cross is an independent society that functions autonomously of the government but works closely with government agencies, such as the Ministry of Health. During war times, the Lebanese Red Cross acts as an auxiliary to the Lebanese Army Medical Services. It does this through services that are consistent with its the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement allowing the Red Cross to stay neutral and impartial. 9- What can I do to help?
There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at the Red Cross to support all of the organization's services.
People who wish to volunteer should contact their local Red Cross chapter because the vast majority of volunteer opportunities are typically found within an individual's local community.

The Lebanese Red Cross also depends on your financial contributions to continue its services.

Audi Bank Bab Idriss Branch
Account number 841500
Swift code AUDBLBBX (Offline Donation)
Additionally donations may also be made on our secure Internet site. (Online Donation) 10- What are the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement?
Humanity: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples. 

Impartiality: It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress. 

Neutrality: In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. 

Independence: The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement. 

Voluntary Service: It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. 

Unity: There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory. 

Universality: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.
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