31 December 2012

Tanzania: Red Cross Marks Semi Centennial

THE Tanzania Red Cross Society, a lead country's disaster humanitarian agency, has started activities to prepare its 50th anniversary.

The Society's Public Relations & Communications Officer, Raymond Kanyambo, told 'Daily News' that December 2012 marks 50 Years of establishment of the Tanzania Red Cross Society in the Country. The Society was established by an Act of Parliament No. 71 of 31st December, 1962.

Tanzania Red Cross is part of the world-wide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a voluntary humanitarian organisation which works to support public authorities in alleviating all forms of human suffering, in peace and during disasters/emergencies, without discrimination.

Mr Kanyambo said they were aiming at protecting health and life, and safeguarding human dignity. He said they are further building the capacity of National Red Cross Societies and that of vulnerable communities to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to emergencies/disasters; and to reduce risks and enhance community resilience.

He said they would also continue to build the capacity of vulnerable communities to be able respond to health risks related to all the major public health concerns such as HIV/ AIDS, malaria, water and sanitation, maternal and child health.

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