About Ghana Red Cross Society

By | May 3, 2020

About Ghana Red Cross Society

Red Cross Society is one of the largest volunteer base humanitarian organizations in the world. In Ghana it has about 65,000 volunteers across the country and it is always very important to ensure that the general public becomes aware of what the Red Cross Society does in the lives of its citizens and also make them aware of what the society stands for in the communities.
In line with this, the International Committee of Red Cross as part of their assistance to the Ghana Red Cross supported the society to organize a public dissemination workshop on the 27th of November 2014 for fifteen community members drown five districts in the Eastern Region. (Kweabibirim, Fanteakwa, Atiwa, Akuapem South, and Yilo Krobo).
Participants were taken through the history of the Red Cross, what the International Humanitarian law stands for and its related laws, the mandate of the International Committee of Red Cross, its operational areas, the abuse of the emblems.
They were also educated on the role of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents and its (IFRC) mandates to assist the vulnerable people in every community in a country. The main functions of IFRC were also explained to the participants so as to know the difference between the mandate of ICRC and that of IFRC.
The history of Ghana Red Cross Society was made know to participants, its origin from the gold coast time 1929 to the time of 1958 (Act 10) when the society had a charter to become Ghana Red Cross Society, the mandate of the society in Ghana and also the numerous achievements that has been achieved over the years with support ICRC and IFRC and other donor agencies.

Principles and Values

The Ghana Red Cross Society lives by the Seven Fundamental principles of the Movement namely:
1.    Humanity – The Society desires to bring assistance without discrimination to the vulnerable by preventing and alleviating human suffering wherever it may be with the purpose of protecting life and health to ensure respect for individuals.
2.    Impartiality – GRCS makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals.
3.    Neutrality – The Society takes no sides in hostilities or engages at any time in controversial, political, racial, religious or ideological issues.
4.    Independence – The Movement is independent. The national societies, which auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of the government, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with their principles.
5.    Volunteerism – It is a voluntary relief movement not inspired by financial gain.
6.    Unity – There can only be one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in one country. It must be open to all. It must carry out its humanitarian work throughout the country.
7.    Universality – The various National Societies have equal status and share equal responsibility in helping each other and humanity.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission
Ghana Red Cross seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering by mobilizing the power of humanity.
Our Vision
To be the leading volunteer based humanitarian service provider in Ghana.

Disaster Management

The Objective of the Disaster Management Department is to minimize vulnerabilities and disaster risks and limit the adverse impact of hazards.
The Programme areas under the Disaster Department are
•    Disaster Preparedness
•    Disaster Response
•    Food Security
•    Restoring Family Links
•    Refugee Management

International Humanitarian Law

Dissemination on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is one of the key activities that the Ghana Red Cross Society undertakes. In line with our mandate and objectives, and with support from ICRC, GRCS holds regular dissemination sessions on IHL, particularly for the Armed Forces and other service personnel as well as traditional, political and opinion leaders. This is to ensure that the public is abreast with IHL and what it entails and its importance in situations of armed conflict.
What is International Humanitarian Law (IHL)?
Also known as the Law of War, IHL is a set of rules that seek to limit the damage and suffering caused by war by placing restrictions on the use of weapons and methods of warfare. It protects people who are not or are no longer participating in hostilities. IHL aims to protect human dignity and to limit suffering during times of war.

Health and Social Services

The Health Department is responsible for about 80% of the core mandate of the National Society Nationwide Projects include:
•    Guinea Worm Eradication
•    Human Pandemic Preparedness
•    Integrated Maternal Health Campaign (Polio)
•    Region/Sector specific Projects
•    Interventions to combat Public Health Emergencies

Hq. Plot No. 10, South Legon. Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout, near Tullow Oil.
P. O. Box 835 Accra.
Tel (1): +233 302 520 397
Tel (2): +233 299 370 431

2 thoughts on “About Ghana Red Cross Society

  1. Abdul Basit Bugala

    Ghana red Cross society is really word wild organization I am proud to be a member

  2. Abdul Basit Bugala

    Red Cross is society of uncomparism and I am proud to be a member


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