Lithuanian Red Cross
Gedimino ave. 3a
01 103 - Vilnius
Annual Report 2014
Previous Annual Reports:
Annual Report 2011
Members of the Lithuanian Red Cross Youth.
1919: Foundation of the Lithuanian RC1923: recognition of the Lithuanian RC by the ICRC1991: Following the break-up of the Soviet Union and Lithuania’s independence, the society was admitted to the International Federation.2000: A Red Cross law was accepted by parliament. The statutes were adopted in 1991 and revised lately in 2004. The last general assembly was held in November 2004.
The Lithuanian Red Cross Society has an overall mission statement. During the society’s general assembly in 2004, its strategic plan for 2005-2009 and activity plan for 2005-2006 were accepted. The public image of the Lithuanian RC is generally positive, but there is some misuse of the emblem by medical establishments.
The Lithuanian RC covers the whole territory of Lithuania. The structure consists of:42 local Red Cross committees.
Organisation/planning: The Lithuanian RC has a strategic plan for 2005-2009 and an activity plan for 2005-2006. Each Red Cross committee has a one-year activity plan adopted by local board members.
A general assembly is held every year.but elections take place every four years. The last one was held in November 2004. It elected a president, and the executive board of 17 members and two candidates and appointed a Secretary General.The executive board meets not less than once in three months. Each year, an assembly is organized in which the secretary general reports on the year’s activities and presents the budget for the following year and the Lithuanian RC’s activity plan.Board decisions are implemented by the secretariat.
Lithuania is situated on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has made steady progress towards developing a market economy.
There are a total of 60 employees in the society, including one full-time officer at headquarters. Each of the 42 branches has a paid secretary and there are 181 certified first-aid trainers, 269 first-aid volunteer trainers who work in schools and ten youth trainers at the Lithuanian RC’s 33 youth clubs. It is not easy for the society to attract and retain staff due to the low level of salaries.
Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants
Since 1996, it has been providing humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and refugees. Its social workers implement social psychological support programmes at the refugees centre and outside. Special attention is provided to the children of refugees. Since 1997, the society has also been providing legal assistance to this group, including legal counselling and representation of asylum seekers in appeal procedures.
In 1999, it became a member of the European Council for Refugee Exiles (ECRE), an umbrella organization for cooperation between European NGOs concerned with refugees. The society also works in partnership with UNHCR, UNDP and IOM.
A description of the Lithuanian Red Cross migration-related activities (2012) is available for download here or through the Red Cross EU Office webpages on migration and asylum.
The society has 181 first-aid trainers who teach schoolchildren and 40 first-aid instructors who teach drivers and the wider public. More trainers are needed to cover the whole country.Risk reduction / Disaster Preparedness
The Lithuanian RC has started DP program. It established three DP units in three places Kaunas, Vilnius region and Silute. Each unit consists of 17 members that are trained in first aid, psychological support and search and rescue. They participate in the exercises organized by Civil Security Department.Social Services
The Lithuanian RC has a visiting nurses programme with 32 nurses, which targets vulnerable groups such as elderly, lonely sick people and the disabled. The society has social centres and distributes food, clothes and medicine to the most vulnerable.Tracing
There are about 553 requests each year for this service, which covers tracing people’s relatives and arranging visas to visit the graves of deceased relatives abroad.Youth
There are 33 youth groups participating in social work, educational work and first-aid training. About 1,000 youth volunteers take care of handicapped children at home and in state institutions, train their contemporaries to render first aid, participate in international summer camps, seminars, arrange summer camps for street children, provide leadership training courses and participate in HIV/AIDS and social integration projects for refugee children and teenagers.
Membership in RCRC networks:
Climate Change Center Cooperation in response to Human trafficking; ELSG – European Legal Support GroupENPS – European Red Cross Societies Network for Psychological Support; EPSG – European Public Support Group; ERNA – European Network of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies on HIV/AIDS; European Reference Center on First Aid; PERCO – Platform for European Red Cross Co-operation on Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants; Reference Center on Psychological Support
Population:Population: 3.445 million
GPD per capita:GDP per capita: € 10,000
Life expectancy: 69.6 years
Infant mortality:Infant mortality rate: 14.1 ‰
Accession to the EU:Accession to the EU: 2004