Romanian Red Cross
Strada Biserica Amzei, 29
Fax: (40) (21) 312 8452
The Romanian Red Cross providing first aid supplies.
1876 – Creation of the Romanian Red Cross
1906 – Creation of the Red Cross Society of Ladies of Romania
1915 – The RRC and the RCSLR merge
1940 – Due to Romanian’s territorial loss the RRC is force to evacuate 27 braches
1947 – The Romanian Red Cross loses its autonomy
1990 – The Romanian Red Cross regains its autonomy
1995 – The Romanian Red Cross Law is adopted
2003 – A new statute is adopted
The Romanian Red Cross assists vulnerable people in disaster and crisis situations. Through its programs and activities in the benefit of society, helps to prevent and relieve suffering in all its forms, protect health and lives promotes respect for human dignity without any discrimination based on nationality, race, sex, religion, age, social or political affiliation.
47 branches, one for every county in Romania and one for every district in Bucharest
The central bodies of the RRC are: the General Assembly, the National Council and the Governing Board. The General Assembly is composed of: the members of the National Council: 2 delegates from every branch: 1 delegate elected by the General Assembly of the branch (youth representative from the Youth Department of the branch), and the branch President, as member of right in the National Council.
Between the sessions of the General Assembly, the RRC is administrated by the National Council. The National Council meets once every two years, respectively when the ordinary General Assembly session do not take place. The National Council is composed of: the president of the RRC, 7 vice presidents, the treasurer, the presidents of the branch committees, 5 youth members of the branch Youth Departments, elected by the General Assembly as well as 5-9 representatives of different ministries and institutions with which the RRC cooperates. The representatives of the ministries or other institutions do not have the right to vote.
The Governing Board, as a governing body is composed of: the president of the RRC, the vice-presidents, the treasurer, 3 youth members and 6 presidents of the branch committees. The Governing Board meets every two months in ordinary meeting or whenever necessary, at the request of the President or at the request of half plus one of its total number of members.
6 495 volunteers
- Disaster prepares and intervention
• To accomplish this task the Romanian Red Cross has:
• 97 teams of intervention in cases of disasters in all 47 branches in counties and districts of Bucharest, with a total of 1082 volunteers trained by certified trainers;
• 47 branches of the Romanian Red Cross;
• A central warehouse of intervention in cases of disasters in Bucharest;
• Six regional warehouses intervention in cases of disasters
• Tents, clothing, footwear, sleeping bags, linens, blankets to cover the needs of about 10,000 potential victims of a disaster.
- First Aid
The RRC together with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Internal Affairs organizes the „Skillfull first- aiders” competition. It is the only competition for basic health and first aid that takes place in schools in Romania for 50 years without interruption. All students from middle school and high school can enroll, voluntarily, in the competition.
- Health education
This program aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Promote personal and collective hygiene regulations;
- Prevention and control of infectious disease;
- Prevention and control of alcohol, tobacco and drugs;
- Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
- Social Services
To achieve this task the RRC carries the following activities:
• social programs to assist people without income;
• providing food to provide better meals at the social canteens;
• supporting children in orphanages;
• moral and material support older people in hospitals and residential homes for the elderly;
• occasional helping refugees in Romania;
• home care services and social care for older people;
• community development programs;
• equipping schools affected by disasters.
The main social program is the Red Cross Food Bank. 32 branches (26 counties and 6 districts of Bucharest) take part in this project and partner markets include all big retailers that operate in Romania. In 2012 a number of 4 320 families received over 133 338 kg of food distributed by over 2 000 volunteers.
- Family tracing
International Humanitarian Law
The RRC organizes seminars and trainings on International Humanitarian Law and RC/RC principles, in particular for military and security forces, authorities, journalists, students at schools and universities and Red Cross staff and volunteers from different organizational levels. These activities aim to improve the public's knowledge of humanitarian law and the Fundamental Principles of the Movement as well as to promote the better understanding of the role of the emblem. The RRC also organizes an annual IHL National Competition for university students.
The Romanian Red Cross is also involved in implementing the international educational program - Exploring Humanitarian Law. EHL was designed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in close association with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). A resource pack for teachers, EHL provides 36 hours of activities that introduce young people to the basic rules of international humanitarian law (IHL). The Ministry of Education has approved the syllabus for the optional subject "International Humanitarian Law” and high school student can choose this subject if they are interested.
The Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering is a responsibility which young people can assume easily. Through the actions carried out, young people can make a significant contribution to meeting the needs of vulnerable people.
The RRC Youth Program wants to include young people in the organization both as partners and as implementers and beneficiaries.
GPD per capita: 9,614 €
GDP per capita: € 5955
Life expectancy:Life expectancy: 72.1 years
Accession to the EU: 2007