SRCA concluded preparatory course of ICRC dedicated to volunteers


Attended by H.E dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qasim, president of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, and number of ICRC SMEs, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority organized a preparatory course in the last three days (15-17 April) in cooperation with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement delivered to 40 volunteers. 

The course started with a speech by Dr. Al-Qasim greeting the attendants and confirmed the concept of volunteering works that started since 1859 at the establishment of ICRC that holds almost 100 million volunteers and members all over the world with more than 13 million active volunteers.

His Excellency continued that the Authority dedicated high level of effort to spread the ideology of volunteering into the society that resulted in 2017 the total of 9757 volunteers and the number still growing. Those volunteers are privileged with the honor to serve in annual seasons of Hajj and Umrah other than the National day, volunteers world day as well visits to hospitals and schools to provide orientations of the humanitarian message of the Red Crescent and other volunteering works.

The course covered basic principles of humanitarian works presented by Dr. Ziad Abulban and Sahar El Hachem of the International Committee of the Red Cross. They discussed the history of the International Red Cross Movement, its objectives and members and the work of members of the international movement as well the coordination mechanism among them with its relevance to the acceptance and facilitation of the National Societies.

After that, Mr. Ali Al-Hawaish from the ICRC preceded with an explanation of the work in emergencies among members of the international movement in terms of similarities in tasks and differences in responding to various types of disasters, as well as the role of National Societies and members of the international movement and its work in armed conflicts and disasters.

During the course, Mr. Abdul Aziz Al-Dhwayan of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority gave a presentation on health care in relation to the provision of health care in armed conflicts and international legal obligations in terms of respect for health care workers and ensuring care for those in need in the event of armed conflicts.

Tracing field officer in the International committee of Red Cross, Rabab Samir, also highlighted on the importance of information technology in the communication of families with in cases of red disasters. She pointed out that technology contributes greatly to enhance the psychological aspects in such events. The role of the international movement in the RFL program has been presented which aims at international movement to link families with their detained members abroad.

At the end of the course, the Director-General of Volunteer Department of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, Mr. Munir Nagro, honored the participating volunteers and experts from the international movement and thanked the ICRC for their participation in this course which reflects the real partnership between the two parties. Worth to mention that this course is the first of its kind offered to volunteers and looking forward to hold a series of training courses and programs in partnership with organizations and bodies specialized in the field of humanitarian works.

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