Italian Red Cross
Via Toscana, 12
I-00187 - Roma – RM
Tel: +39 06 47 591
Fax: +39 06 442 445 34
Annual Report 2014
Previous Annual Reports:
Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2012
Members of the Italian Red Cross celebrating 20 years of partnerships between the Red Cross and the European Commission.
1864: Italian RC is founded, recognised in 1886; in 1919 it becomes one of the five founding societies of the League1997: Major update of the statutes, which restructure the Italian RC on a regional basis and introduce democratised structures at the local, provincial, regional, and national levels
The mission of the Italian Red Cross is to improve the lives of vulnerable people, both nationally and internationally, especially in the fields of relief, health, social care and youth. The Italian government contributes almost a third of Italian RC’s operating budget through contracts for the provision of services.
The structure covers all regions and is present throughout Italy:102 provincial committees with a board of directors elected from among its members20 regional committees with a board of directors elected from among its members432 local committees
Development plan: The society is preparing a strategic work plan, which will seek to align its activities with the International Federation’s Strategy 2010, focusing particularly on the four core areas identified in the document.Partnerships with other national organisations: The Italian RC co-operates with other organisations in the areas of civil defence, international assistance, health services, and social services.
The General Assembly is composed in part by the presidents of the boards of directors from the regions, the provinces and the local committees, and elected directly in part by the Italian RC’s members. The Assembly meets 1-2 times a year.The National Management Board is elected by the General Assembly. The board is also composed of representatives of the voluntary sections, a staff representative and the General President. The Board meets approximately 8 times a year. The National Management Committee is composed of 4 members, elected by the National Management Board from among its members, and comprises the General President, the Vice President, and two members. The Management Committee meets once a week.The General President is elected by the General Assembly from among its members. Ministry representatives are not eligible for election to the Management Committee or the Presidency.
Paid staff: 2,958 (353 at HQ, 2,605 in branches)
Volunteers: 190,000 (all at branches) in 2003. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the programmes, from conception to decision-making at management level, to implementation and evaluation. Italian RC faces problems in keeping volunteers because of competition from other organisations, and due to the obligation for volunteers to undergo training.
The Italian RC has a central blood analysis laboratory in Rome. In 2003, the laboratory carried out over 7,000 analyses.
The Italian RC promotes blood donations all over the country.Dissemination of IHL & RC principles
The Italian RC disseminates IHL and the Fundamental Principles to volunteers, the armed forces, universities and the general public.Health prevention and promotion
HIV/AIDS and drug dependence
The Foundation Villa Maraini, based in the Rome branch, offers assistance to substance abusers (alcohol and drugs), as well as HIV/AIDS patients. The foundation also carries out research in these fields. The foundation is linked to the ERNA network for HIV/AIDS. In 2003, almost 3,000 people benefited from these services.
Staff: 80 paid employees and 85 volunteers (including medical personnel).Social Services
First aid/ambulance service
4,028 ambulances operated by 90,000 first-aid and relief workers and volunteers; 217 of whom are nurses and 200 doctors. In 2003, almost 500,000 people benefited from these services.
Under an agreement with the Ministry of Health, the Italian RC provides first aid services and assistance at 25 Italian airports.
A description of the Italian Red Cross migration-related activities is available for download here or through the Red Cross EU Office webpages on migration and asylum.
The social assistance programme relies on the work of the national women’s committee (30,000 volunteers); 70,000 people benefited from services including assistance in hospitals, assistance in hospices and home care.
Social services; Visiting programme for the elderly and isolated people; Transport and escort of the elderly;Assistance to refugees, migrants and asylum seekers – including a tracing service; Primary health care and health promotion; Loans of medical equipment
The Italian RC youth activities include peace education, health education (including HIV/AIDS prevention), first aid courses and dissemination of IHL. Volunteers: 30,000 youth volunteers and 500 leaders.
International Activites: Development ActivitiesFood security
Amount spent on international work:
11.5 million Euro spent on international work (2003)
14 field delegates (2003)
Membership in RCRC networks:
Climate Change CenterELSG – European Legal Support GroupENPS – European Red Cross Societies Network for Psychological SupportEPSG – European Public Support GroupERNA – European Network of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies on HIV/AIDSEuropean Reference Center on First AidEuropean Working Group on First Aid EducationWENDOV – Western European Network on Volunteer DevelopmentWEYRCN – West European Youth Red Cross Network
Population: 57.888 million
GPD per capita:
GDP per capita: € 23,800
Life expectancy:Life expectancy: 79,4 years
Infant mortality:Infant mortality rate: 6.1 ‰
Accession to the EU:
Accession to the EU: 1957