The idea of establishing voluntary societies and international assistance to the victims of war and natural disasters belongs to Mr. Henry Dunant, a businessperson and humanist from Switzerland who organized the first team of volunteers in 1859 to help victims of the bloody Battle of Solferino in the North of Italy. Today the international Movement of The Red Cross and Red Crescent strives to prevent and alleviate suffering of people in social crisis via significant expansion of its activities. The idea to establish the National Society came to Kyrgyzstan with the Russian Red Cross, which easily harmonized with the humanitarian traditions of the Kyrgyz folk. Since ancient times Kyrgyz people had a tradition to feed the starving, give water to a thirsty one and clothes to the one who needs it, shelter to a pilgrim and treatment to a sick person. The concepts of ethnic consent, friendship, cooperation, humanism, generosity and tolerance were reflected in the unique monument of the ancient Kyrgyz culture, the “Manas” epos. The Red Crescent has always been providing assistance to those who need compassion and support. The emblems of the Red Cross and Red Crescent have always been and remain symbols of hope and courage, humanity and mercy
The first ambulance station was established under the guidance of an authorized representative of the Russian Red Cross in Moscow, A. Severov. The first organizations of the Red Cross were arranged by the initiative of the group of medical staff in Kyrgyzstan to assist healthcare organizations in their struggle with social diseases: tuberculosis (TB), malaria and other infectious diseases among the national minority groups and rural population. 428 medical institutions for 15 930 patients were arranged within these years.
On October 6 the Red Cross Society of the Kyrgyz ASSR was established. It included 655 members and 19 primary organizations. Committees of the Kyrgyz Red Cross actively participated in establishment of obstetrics institutions; they held wide range sanitary education and raising awareness work, arranged groups of first aid. The Society becomes a member of the Association of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies of the USSR.
Doctors of medical institutions of the Red Cross were temporarily appointed to prepare and arrange the canton committees. Simultaneously, the regional committee addressed to the Head of Jalalabad Healthcare Department to involve population in the work of the Society and establish the district committee of the Red Cross.
Infectious diseases episodes in the country dictated the necessity of wide propaganda of sanitary knowledge. Due to this the Republican Committee of the Red Cross was established at the 1st Republican Conference of the Red Cross Society of Kirgizia in Frunze. A decision was made to arrange Frunze, Naryn, and Karakol district committees, Osh Regional and Jalalabad District committees. Wide attraction of population to join the Society was conducted as well as establishment of primary organizations.
The groups of first aid were arranged all over the republic where people obtained skills of First Aid. The training and methodological base was established which contributed to designing hand-out materials, training programs on sanitary and hygiene education and other literature for the Red Cross training courses. The first blood transfusion station was opened in the republic to which the Red Cross of the Kyrgyz SSR provided assistance.
The Central Committee of the Red Cross Society of the Kyrgyz SSR was established in order to facilitate healthcare agencies of the Kyrgyz SSR in conducting mass healthcare and preventive work, training of nurses and staff under the Ministry of Antiaircraft Defense. The nurses of medical and sanitary institutions of the healthcare system of Kirgizia had been trained at the Red Cross courses. The Red Cross of Kirgizia has been a leading organization in fighting epidemic diseases. The organization held activities in the country on establishment of cultural and household institutions, first and foremost bathhouses and barbershops. The Red Cross encompassed 7 districts and 4 cities. 150 sanitary stations and 97 primary organizations including 14 552 members of the Society worked at that time. 9 277 persons were awarded with the insignia “Prepared for Sanitary defense of the USSR” and “Be ready for the sanitary defense of the USSR”.
All economic, medical and sanitary activities were removed from republican committees of the Society. About 700 units of treatment, preventive, cultural and public amenities were transferred to the healthcare bodies and municipal bodies of Kirgizia.
The Red Cross Society of Kirgizia reorganized its activities. Committees began serious mass sanitary defense work. Organizational bureaus were established in 5 regions, 3 cities and 58 districts. The number of primary organizations increased to 1 250 with 87 907 members. In 1940, 31 780 people were awarded with the insignia “Prepared for sanitary defense of the USSR” and “Be ready for the sanitary defense of the USSR”. Training of reserve nurses was expanded.
The Red Cross Society of Kirgizia became the real mass organization covering all regions, cities and districts of the republic.
By the end of the war in 1945 there were 5 273 primary organizations in Kirgizia including 168 000 members, 6 205 sanitary stations, and 110 professional sanitary teams. They made examination of houses, bathhouses, and barbershops.
3 000 nurses were trained within 5 years, 10 626 sanitary teams were organized, which were on duty in hospitals to help wounded soldiers. Maria Synkova from Kyrgyzstan was awarded with the Florence Nightingale medal: this medal was given to those who carried not less than 300 wounded soldiers out of the battlefields. Within the years of the war Kyrgyzstan’s people provided more than 1 000 liters of donor blood for soldiers. In 1944, the Presidium of the Supreme Board of the USSR established the medal called “Honorable Donor of the USSR”. 32 people were awarded with it in Kirgizia. Members of the society collected food from among the population, sewed body-cloths, and knitted woolen socks. They provided assistance to families of soldiers, to disabled people, to the families of killed soldiers. Millions of killed and missing people, thousands of elderly people, women and children separated from their families – these are the terrifying results of the war. The task to help the relatives to get reunited was given in March, 1945 to the staff of the Central Information Bureau on Displaced people of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies of the USSR. The Kyrgyz Red Cross Society joined this work.
All sanitary teams under the Red Cross Society provided assistance to the healthcare bodies in liquidation of pestholes of infectious diseases, in propaganda of sanitary culture among the population. Members of such teams examined sources of water, dormitories, canteens and conducted disinfection of pestholes of infection.
There were 6 157 sanitary stations, 115 sanitary teams, 151 rural medical first aid posts, and 1 693 public sanitary instructors in Kirgizia. They conducted 1 082 lectures, 6 502 discussions, distributed 4 652 booklets and leaflets, and arranged 175 sanitary educational boards. 10 353 persons in 781 primary organizations of the Kyrgyz Red Cross Society took under their patronage over 767 disabled veterans, 2 677 orphans, and 69 orphanages and houses for disabled veterans. They raised funds and managed to collect 147 922 rubles; bought and donated 1 611 of footwear, 442 meters of fabric, 4 507 kg of food. The Talas organizations of Red Cross repaired 10 apartments for disabled veterans. In Tash-Kumyr members of the Red Cross raised 19 416 rubles and sewed 1 000 of body-cloths and 80 blankets.
The Second Conference of the Red Cross Society of the Kyrgyz SSR approved the slogan “From epidemic control to healthy way of life and labor” and asked the organization to provide the assistance to the healthcare bodies.
The first sanitary and healthcare teams were organized at industrial enterprises, institutions, educational institutions, house management agencies, and collective farms where they lectured on importance of personal and public hygiene, detected sick people, helped medical staff in prevention of gastrointestinal and other infectious diseases, provided first aid on sites. 350 information sanitary boards were arranged in primary organizations.
There were 5 518 organizations under the Red Cross of the republic including 258 171 members. They held 23 197 lectures, reports and discussions, distributed 600 booklets and posters on hygiene. They raised 67 900 rubles to provide assistance to disable veterans of the World War II, orphans and families of killed soldiers.
By the initiative of the Red Cross Society the volunteer blood donation movement continued to develop. By this time there were 12 129 reserve and active donors. 650 of Kyrgyzstan’s people were awarded with the special medal called “Honorable Donor of the USSR”. The mobile teams of the Republican blood transfusion station start working on sites at the enterprises and organizations. In order to ensure medical and social assistance to lonely and sick people, the veterans of war and labor at home, The Red Cross Committees of Kirgizia established the bureau of visiting nurses consisting of 10 people, which was later called the Mercy Service. Nurses provided health care for 1 180 sick people implementing medical prescriptions of doctors, helping in resolving social problems such as treatment, pensions, utilities payments, purchase of food, etc. The number of the Red Crescent nurses had been growing every year and reached 300 people by the beginning of 1990. Active members of the society such as students of medical colleges, neighbors, and schoolchildren helped to provide homebased services to the people-in-need. The annual number of visits to the beneficiaries reaches 37 000 in 1991.
406 800 people participate in the activities of the Society. The Clubs of the International Friendship were organized at schools where students could communicate with mates from other countries via the international correspondence.
The Soviet Red Cross, one of the members of which was the Red Cross of Kirgizia, was awarded with the Lenin Order for achievement in assistance to the Soviet healthcare system and active participation in struggle for peace.
The Red Cross Society trained 13 000 public sanitary inspectors for conducting lectures on measures of prevention of infectious diseases and necessity of timely addressing for medical assistance, about the harm and danger of self-treatment.
Special teams were sent to the stock breeding regions and to pastures to provide treatment and preventive measures to livestock-breeders. 100 000 leaflets with information on gastrointestinal disturbances were distributed to population with the help of the air medical service. The average lifespan reached 70 years due to joint efforts of public, the Red Cross and healthcare bodies, whereas in 1939 it was only 40 years.
The Red Cross of Kirgizia was awarded with the diploma of the Supreme Board of the Kyrgyz SSR for active work on involvement of working population in actions on healthcare and in regards of the 50th anniversary of the Society.
Shelter for the elderly people with 70 places was opened in Kara-Balta.
The 10th Special Conference of the Association of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies adopted the document “On liquidation of the Red Cross and Red crescent societies Associations of the USSR”. According to the Order of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, the National Society of the Red Crescent of the Kyrgyz Republic became its successor, using the red crescent with a white background as an official emblem.
The Kyrgyz Red Crescent launched its program activities supported by membership fees, donations from citizens of Kyrgyzstan, organizations, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, sister Red Cross and Red Crescent societies of the other countries.
In 1995-2001 the National Society provided more than 500 000 humanitarian food packages deliveries and more than 250 tons of garments to elderly people in need, disabled people, orphans, refugee families with many children.
A special service for tracing and reunification of families was established under the National Society of the Red Crescent, which held the work via the net of regional and district committees all over the country. Within these years more than 5 000 applications were received for search of documents of evacuation, deportation, facts of being in captivity, concentration camps, forced labor, burial places, for search of relatives separated by the war and emergency situations. The program “Dissemination of the International Humanitarian Law” began to work. The ICRC provided the financial and consulting assistance.
The Red Crescent Society was awarded with the Diploma of the Kyrgyz Republic President for philanthropy activities aimed to improvement of life of vulnerable population.
In cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross, the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan launched a program on supporting medical institutions in the most remote areas of the republic. Within 5 years, the rural hospitals, ambulances and medical attendants and obstetrics stations got medical supplies for total 1 631 287 USD. Doctors and nurses were provided with pharmacology books and medical literature for groups of family doctors. 40 000 of hepatitis vaccine free of charge were delivered to children in Naryn and Talas regions in 1999. 21 ambulance cars were handled to the remote areas.
With the support of the Netherlands Red Cross, the National RC Society began the long-term program of self-support for refugees, according to which within 4 years refugees from Tajikistan were provided with seeds of vegetables, fertilizers and agricultural machines. Due to this assistance 4 000 refugee families were able to have crops, sell surplus and pay for their expenses. In 2003, The National Red Crescent Society of the Kyrgyz Republic renewed and prolonged the program for the next two years with the support of the Netherlands Red Cross and International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent societies. The RCSK was recognized as the full member of the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (IFRC/RC). The National Societies began the work with street children striving to help the government in mitigation of the problem. The asylum for homeless children was opened in Kara-Balta under the Djaiyl District Committee of the RCSK with the financial support of the Netherlands Red Cross. It was rearranged into the children crisis center later. In 2001 the Red Crescent school was opened for street children in Karakol with the support of the Netherlands Red Cross. Since May 2004 the Red Crescent took the Bishkek Rehabilitation Center for homeless children under patronage providing additional nutrition to 70 children, educational programs and other rehabilitation measures. Financial support for these activities was provided by the Norwegian Red Cross.
In 2003-2005 the helpline worked for children and teenagers under support of the IFRC/RC. Psychologist received more than 900 calls for the project implementation period.
Natural disaster preparedness became one of the main trends of activities of the RCSK, the goal of which was to help those who suffered from natural disasters before arrival of general help. Reserves of food and living essentials were arranged in the south and north of the Republic with the support of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. Population was trained on behavior in the environment of natural disaster, on provision of self-assistance and mutual aid. Since 2003 these activities were supported by the ECHO and the Netherlands Red Cross via the program “The RCSK public and organizational program on natural disaster preparedness in the South of Kyrgyzstan” which means risk reduction at natural disasters via mobilization of local communities by training of local residents on rules of behavior at natural disasters, individual risk assessment in emergency situations, creation of mobile groups of response out of local residents, and mitigation of consequences. By the beginning of 2006, 44 communities were trained in Jalalabad and Osh regions. 200 000 persons were protected from landslides, mudslides and floods.
Flood in the Suzak district of the Jalalabad region.
During the first days of disaster, the Red Crescent delivered to the site 116 tons of food, living essentials, tents, bedding, and medical supplies. The IFRC/RC, the Red Crescent of Iran, the Embassy of China in the KR, USAID, and the Red Crescent of Turkey provided assistance.
Seven medical and social assistance stations of the Red Crescent were arranged in Bishkek, Osh, Karakol, Issyk-Ata, KyzykKiya, and Maili-Suu with the support of the Netherlands Red Cross, German Red Cross, and the UNHCR. Medical and psychological assistance was provided to more then 50 000 people in need.
The KRCS launched the Youth Project under support of the Finnish Red Cross Society. 2000 permanent volunteers of the Red Crescent are executors and managers of the project. Due to their activity, more than 100 events are annually performed in regions and cities. The youth centers proved to be very effective in work with street children and children from families in need. Due to this initiative, actions on collection and distribution of clothing, hot meals and other humanitarian aid, which were previously of one-time character, changed to be the long-term projects. The annual national project on raising funds for children in need called “Give joy to children” was launched. Within 8 years 1 300 000 KG soms were collected from local residents with which 13 000 of the New Year gifts were bought and given to orphans, children with disabilities, street children all over the country. The number of people with the TB disease was 128 persons per 100 000 of population. The KR NRCS began the program “Prevention of TB”. The British and Spanish Red Crosses provided assistance in this activity. The main participation of the Red Crescent in anti-TB actions was by way of attraction of mercy nurses to work with people sick with tuberculosis. The targeted groups of the RC were patients at the post-hospital stage of treatment under the DOTS Program and people inclined to break treatment such as families in need with many children, former convicts, drug and alcohol-addicted people, people having no permanent domicile and uniformed population. The important component of this program was the social support and the full-value nutrition to people sick with tuberculosis until the complete recovery. Since 2001 the Red Crescent provided the sick people with 19 984 packets of food, 26 760 packages of vitamins, and 2 602 of hygiene supplies. Red Crescent opened a charity canteen in the TB prophylactic center of Bishkek City, which was attended by 1 272 people who got the full-value hot meals for total 72 700 USD (62 500 meals).
The Kyrgyz Republic Law “On ratification of the Geneva Convention of 1949 and two Additional Protocols of 1977” was adopted.
Military events in the Batken region.
Hundreds of displaced persons became homeless and had no means of subsistence. Stuff and volunteers of the Red Crescent assisted to people in need with 1.6 tons of cloths and 140 tons of food products, tents, beddings and hygiene appliances. The ICRC, the Red Cross of Netherlands and local companies provided assistance as well. To provide social assistance to lonely elderly people in need, disabled persons, families with many children, and persons having no permanent domicile in Bishkek the RCSK starts the program “Hot meals for the people in need”. In 2001 the Red Crescent opened the charity canteen. Within 7 years more than 5 000 people in need received hot meals.
The Netherlands Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Japan Foundation of the Empress Shoken, the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the British Red Cross, and the Red Crescent of Kuwait provided assistance to the program. The RCSK expanded activities to provide medical and social assistance to the population in need through the sanitary and hygiene institutions such as hair-dressing rooms, laundries, bath-houses in Bishkek, Naryn, Karakol, Maily-Suu and Kara-Balta.
The Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “The use and protection of the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems” was adopted. The RCSK started the program on HIV prevention, which was focused on young people at the age of 15-25. The National Society selected dissemination activity as one of the methods for enlightening HIV/AIDS issues. It was aimed at improvement the knowledge about the ways of transmission of HIV and control over consequences of the disease, such as discrimination. All activities were based on the “peer-to-peer” principle – the youth can effectively provide necessary information to contemporaries. 793 trainers were trained within the period of the program. 57 611 young people all over the republic received the information of the course titled “Truth about AIDS. Pass it on!” through training courses, printed materials and public events.
The RCSK mobilizes the population for vaccination in the framework of the National Campaign on measles and rubella vaccination. The staff and volunteers of The Red Crescent conducted informational and explanatory work with uncoordinated groups of population such as refugees, migrants, unemployed, homeless children, and arranged points of hot meals and distribution of cloths for street children, and ensured good order at vaccination stations. 99% of people were vaccinated – 1 800 000. The “Home kitchen” project was launched aimed at the social support of elderly people. With the help of the project, the elderly received additional protein nutrition.
In the Batken region the land mining awareness program was launched in the villages bordering with Uzbekistan. 20 000 residents of these villages live in dangerous neighborhood with unexploded mines. The RCSK helped to make safe the life of these people informing them about the danger of mines with special signs, billboards, training local residents on safe behavior, and arranging special children’s playgrounds. The Red Crescent began the project on social rehabilitation of vulnerable women - unemployed, multi-children, single mothers and internal migrants. Due to the project, 6 rehabilitation centers were arranged and equipped in Bishkek, Osh, Tokmok, Jalalabad, Karakol and Naryn. Three-month training courses on cutting and sewing and 2-month training on computer literacy education were provided to the beneficiaries of the project. In these centers, women received knowledge about their legal rights, development of their potential, communication, childbearing health, organization of business, etc. Within three years 2 273 women have been educated and trained in new specialties and basic gender development. The program was supported by the TACIS project of the European Commission via Netherlands Red Cross and the British Red Cross.
The RSCK launches the program titled “Medical and humanitarian assistance to victims of conflicts”. In the framework of the program workshops were conducted in 15 border areas of Osh, Jalalabad, Batken regions on tolerance, first aid during the conflicts and emergencies. Conflict response teams were created. Events were held aimed at improvement of ethnic and national relations among the population with active participation of volunteers and colleagues from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. By 2005, the “Complex strategic action plan of the National Society of the Red Crescent of the Kyrgyz Republic on conflict preparedness and response” was developed and approved by the Presidium of the National Society, which included training on use of the emblem, first aid techniques, safe access of staff and volunteers of all structural divisions of the National Society. The ICRC supported the program.
Landslide in Uzgen District of the Osh region.
Hundreds of families from four mountain villages became homeless. Within the first days, the National Society of the Red Crescent with support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provided the victims with the tents, blankets, living essentials, mattresses and hygiene supplies from the reserve stocks. Via the Embassy of China in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Red Cross of China provided the National Society with funds to purchase 350 foodstuff sets. The second hand garments for the victims in the south of the country were provided by the humanitarian committee of the air craft base GANSY in Bishkek, namely by the Royal Air Force of Netherlands in coalition, via the National Society of the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan.
The hospice named after Henry Dunant was opened under the Djaiyl District Committee of the Red Crescent. Within the time of its work 530 sick people were taken care. The Red Cross of Netherlands provided the initial amount of 9 000 USD supporting opening of the hospice.
The RCSK with the assistance of the Japan foundation of the Empress Shoken renewed the project on donor blood donation. The objective of the Red Crescent is to mobilize population for the volunteer and nonremunerated blood donation. The RCSK sends 24 tons of products to the population affected by the earthquake in Kochkor region, Naryn oblast.
With the assistance of the European Union and the Netherlands Red Cross the project supporting the vulnerable women was launched in order to provide life skills trainings, the basics of working on the computer, and dressmaking and sewing courses.
Under the regional representations of the RCSK the first aid centers are opened. On the basis of the centers FA trainings are conducted for volunteers, employees and the population of the country. Also, with the assistance of the European Union the “Road Safety” project starts. In 2008 a long-term successful cooperation of the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan with the Directorate General of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) receives continuation.
Forces of the Emergency Management Department are focused on assistance in elimination of consequences of the destructive earthquake which have taken place in the Nur village. The victims have been provided with the humanitarian and psychosocial support.
Changes happen in the system board within the RCSK. Society’s structure acquires two principal bodies - the Board and the Executive Board headed by the Chairman and the Secretary General. In the spring 2010 RCSK participates in elimination of consequences which were entailed by the April revolution. Operations towards searches for missing persons are carried out. In conjunction with the ICRC the wounded have been provided with free telephone communication and an opportunity to send the Red Cross Message for their families. Large-scale humanitarian campaign is started with the participation of the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan in order to provide the assistance to the victims of the June events that took place in the south of the republic after April revolution. In response to the outbreak of poliomyelitis which has burst in 2010, RCSK wages a large-scale campaign for immunization of the population with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The RCSK representations in the Jalal-Abad region opens in 2010.
The country representation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies opens In Kyrgyzstan. RCSK becomes the sub recipient of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Activity of RCSK in the area of training of the population on first aid receives the European certification, thereby quality of training and compliance to the European standards on first aid is guaranteed.
The project on rendering assistance to migrants and members of their families is started with the help of the European Union. Within activities of the project, the migrants and those who returned from migration are provided with social, legal and humanitarian assistance. The project on promotion of voluntary and non-remunerated blood donation starts in Osh with assistance of the Turkish Red Crescent.
The project on support of vulnerable women is started with assistance of the Italian Red Cross. The project provides sewing courses, computer and life skills trainings for the beneficiaries. Within cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, the shelter for persons without a fixed place of residence opens in Karakol city.
Trans boundary project starts in Batken region with assistance of the German Red Cross. The project’s objective is to provide assistance to the population in strengthening the potential of disaster response by implementation of the mitigation activities. The project on promotion of voluntary and non-remunerated blood donation is started in Bishkek with the support of AIHA. With the assistance of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority a hospital is built in Myrzake village, Osh oblast.
The Kyrgyzstan Red Crescent provides support to state services to control the outbreak of the bubonic plague. The Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan becomes the Secretariat of the European Red Cross/Red Crescent Network on HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis (ERNA), thereby providing a platform for exchanging experience and practices related to the matters. With the support of the Red Cross of China the RCSK launches a number of incomegenerating projects in Chui, Naryn and Issyk-Kul regions. The projects create the capacity for sustainable development of the RCSK activities in prevention of infectious diseases as well as providing assistance to the vulnerable groups of population. Two mobile diagnostic complexes are provided by the Government of the Russian Federation for ensuring the population of the remote villages and districts to access medical services. The Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan became the direct executor of the project started in Chui and Osh regions. 18 649 people received the medical services within the project. The project on providing support to the lonely elderly people living in the cities of Bishkek and Kara-Balta was launched in cooperation with the Swiss Red Cross, as well as a project on community-based disaster response capacity building in Talas oblast. Two hospitals in Tup and Kara-Kulja villages were constructed by the RCSK within cooperation with the Red Crescent Authority of Saudi Arabia. RCSK benefits the social order of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, thus clubs for elderly people are opened and are functioning in the Issyk-kul region.
The representation of the RCSK in Batken region moves to a newly built office. As a result of fruitful work of the Restoring Family Links program of the RCSK, a citizen of Mozambique Salvador Ayres gets reunited with his mother after 25 years of being separated.
The government of Japan granted two ambulance cars to the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan to be functioning in the cities of Karakol and Kara-Balta. From May 7 to 23, the RCSK took active part and rendered support in realization of the 2nd phase of the National measles immunization campaign. The number of the captured recipients is 138 078 people, aged from one to 20. 2000 families across Kyrgyzstan received the food packages provided by the Qatar Red Crescent and the Turkish Red Crescent.
Conference with the participation of the members of the European Red Cross/ Red Crescent Network on HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis took place in Bishkek. The event reunited national societies of the IFRC European zone, partners from among the non-governmental organizations and public sector.
In the framework of the Erasmus Plus project, the RCSK becomes a member of the harm reduction program together with the Italian Red Cross, Iranian Red Crescent, Thai Red Cross, Kenyan Red Cross and the Red Cross of Uruguay. «Prepare Bishkek/Osh” project is launched with the support of the American Red Cross. The project’s purpose is to prepare the population of two large cities for the risks due to earthquakes, and to provide first aid rendering skills. Activities on providing humanitarian aid such as clothes to the people in need are restarted. In this regard, the humanitarian aid was received by the Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross and Swiss Red Cross.
The RCSK Delegation participates at the IFRC General Assembly, Statutory Meetings and the Council of Delegates. The RCSK representative is elected as a member of the Youth Commission.
Disaster Response Emergency Fund of the IFRC is activated to support the population affected by the earthquake in Osh oblast. 300 families from among the most affected receive unconditional mini-grants. Turkish Red Crescent, Iranian Red Crescent and Qatar Red Crescent provided tents, warm blankets, kitchen and hygiene sets to residents of the affected areas.
Department for multi drag resistant TB has been constructed in Bishkek. The project was initiated by the RCSK with the support of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority.
The First Aid mobile application was launched. Using it, any smartphone owner can independently learn basic first-aid rendering. Red Cross of China provides 600 pieces of special equipment including wheel-chairs and rollators. Within the social order from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, RCSK begins work on creation of family type orphanage in the Kyzyl-Suu village of Zheti-Oguz district. The RCSK team successfully participates at the European competitions on First Aid FACE-2016, entering the third group of countries.
Project on improving the access of the population of Batken region to qualified medical services in the domain of eye diseases has been implemented with the support of the Swiss Red Cross. In the framework of cooperation with the South Korean company “Vision K”, the children with cardiac diseases were sent to South Korea to get operated. With the support of the Qatar Red Crescent, 500 families in need in Bishkek receive food packages within the charity campaign. Young leaders of the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan take part at the camp organized by the Danish Red Cross. Staff of the RCSK Disaster Management Department participates at the humanitarian missions in Ukraine, Armenia and the Russian Federation providing assistance in distributing humanitarian aid among the population affected by the conflicts and disasters.
The chronicle gives the opportunity to follow up the development process of the Red Crescent in Kyrgyzstan, expansion of its activities, changes in targeted groups and accents of assistance, and to see the trends of the development today. Due to the scope of its work, the global net of regional divisions, the wide range of international communication and recognition of public, the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan is now one of the leading non-governmental organizations in the republic implementing humanitarian activities during 90 years. The philanthropy system of the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan has been formed based on high traditions of mercy, sincere sympathy to the faith of the people in need. It allows the organization to adapt to changing environment and conditions, find ways of resolving of vital problems. It remains to be seen what the Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan will be in the coming 10 years, the perspectives are already being developed now. It depends not only on the professional skills of staff and volunteers of the Red Crescent, but also on the challenges that the life will create tomorrow.