His Excellency Thiru Surjit Singh Barnala Governor of Tamil Nadu & Parton-in-Chief of IRCS TNB

Dr.Vimala Ramalingam President

Dr.P.Sivaraj Chairman & Vice Persident

Thiru S.Silambanan Vice-President

Ms.Uma Gopal Honorary Treasurer

Tmt.Shanta Diaz Secretary

General Committe

Sub Committe

Executive Committe

Finance & Admn Sub-Committe Hospital Sub-Committe

VT & RC Sub-Committe Youth redcross Sub-Committe

Projects & Buildings Sub-Committe Junior redcross Sub-Committe

Blood Bank Sub-Committe Child Welfare Sub-Committe

Our world. Our Move
The year 2009 has great significance for the Red Cross and Red Crecent Movement as it marks the 150th anniversary of the Solferino battle which founded the ideal spirit of volunteerism, the 90th anniversary of the founding the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and also the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, which give protection to the most vulnerable people in times of war. In the true spirit of celebrating the achievement, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has launched an international campaign called “Our World, Your Move” which identifies 14 most dreadful and pressing humanitarian challenges and encourages every individual to make their possible contributions in order to build a better world. The year 2009 is also significant to Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu branch as it celebrates the 89th year of anniversary. In order to celebrate this important landmark and being a responsible member of Red Cross family, Tamil Nadu branch makes every effort to promote this imperative global campaign within its territory. Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu branch has been actively dealing six of fourteen said challenges which are relevant in our context, through its regular activities like day care hospital, disaster relief activities and its externally funded projects by other Partner National Societies. This booklet is an attempt to document all our efforts addressed towards dealing the challenges and share with its member volunteers, academic institutions, other I/NGOs, government departments and the general public. By sharing this booklet, we hope that they will understand the pressing humanitarian challenges and be persuaded to make their own move to address these challenges. I am happy to share this booklet with the belief that everyone understands the fact that Our World is in a Mess and everyone has the responsibility to make their move to build a better world. More importantly it is the right time to make that move. Dr. Vimala Ramalingam President Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu branch


Challenges Dealt by Indian Red Cross Society Tamil Nadu Branch
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INCREASED DISASTERS Saving Lives through Community Action. FIRST AID Using community-based first aid to save lives and reduce divisions. FOOD & WATER Working with communities to improve food security and access to water. ACCESS TO HEALTH AND CARE Red cross Red Crescent helps to mitigate worldwide health crisis TORN APART Bringing families back together- challenge VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION Global Commitment To Change Behaviour

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12.Increased Disasters-

Saving Lives through Community Action



Our Move in facing the challenge Disaster Management Program The sharp increase in the number of natural disasters worldwide in recent years has prompted the Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu Branch to devote more attention to disaster preparedness activities. These aim to make District and Sub Branches and communities more aware of the risks they face, how to reduce their vulnerability, and how to cope when disaster strikes. Focus of the DM Program 1. 2. 3. Capacity Building of Red Cross branches Community Capacity Building Emergency Response, Relief and Recovery

Capacity Building of Red Cross Branches A. Capacity Building to Red Cross Volunteers • A State Disaster Response Team (SDRT) was established to ensure swift response during all kind of Disaster. The team includes 25 well trained members from 17 disaster Prone Districts. • District Disaster Response Teams have been established in 12 Disaster Prone Districts • 30 members from 15 districts were trained in First Aid, Search and Rescue. As a follow-up of this training, initiation is being tak-

en to establish First Aid, Search and Rescue team at District level. • 2 District Branch Capacity Building workshops were conducted and 60 Office bearer form 22 districts participated in these workshops. B. Physical Building • DM Control Room in State Headquarters has been established with necessary IT equipments and GIS has been installed with the support of Canadian Red Cross. • DM Training Centers, Multipurpose Buildings have been constructed in 7 Disaster Prone Districts. •Construction ing Center in of State Disaster Management Head Quarters is under Trainprocess.



Community Capacity Building • Community Based First Aid, Search and Rescue Trainings are organized at vulnerable communities time and again. • Community level Disaster management committees have been established in 10 villages of Nilgiris and Chennai Districts. • Vulnerability and Capacity assessment has been undertaken in The Nilgiris District. • Periodical training camps are organized to create awareness on Disaster Management to JRC and YRC volunteer • 200 life jackets were distributed to the fishermen communities in Tiruvarur district. • In 6 costal districts 29 Communities completed village mapping to understand the potential hazards and available resources to mitigate the disaster damages.

Emergency Response, Relief and Recovery • During NISHA Cyclone in November 2008 more than 5000 family packs were distributed to the Flood affected victims in 10 districts of Tamil Nadu • After Tsunami various livelihood support and short term recovery programs have been initiated to improve the living condition of tsunami victims. • Psychological support programs was initiated to support the victims of Tsunami in Kanyakumari District. • 40 houses have been build and handed over to the Tsunami victims in Kanyakumari District.



Savings lives by ealry warning and community action Community Based Disaster Risk Reductiion project: IRCS belives that investments in disaster risk reduction (DRR) are much more cost effective than expenditire on relief and rehabilitation. Moreover, DRR initiatives attempts build safer communities through which have less exposure to disaster risks. IRCS TNB has just initiated the community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) project in 6 coastal districts-Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Kanyakumari - where integrated programme for community development (IPCD) is being implemented as post tsunami reconstriction programme with the support of Canadian Red Cross. The focus of the project is of two-fold 1. 2. Capacity of buildig Red Cross branches Capacity building of communities

Capacity building of Red Cross branches • 5-day Master Training of Trainers in CBDRR was organized by Tamil nadu state branch. 25 existing project staff of IPCD were

trained as Master Trainers in CBDRR. • The master trainers will provide training to 362 health promoters in CBDRR • District secretatries and select executive members are to be oriented on DRR • District level disaster response teams are to be formed and strengthened in 6 districts under this project • A warehouse is planned to be con struted for effective response during relief operations • Geographical information system lab to be set up at Tamil Nadu state branch, Chennai • Strenthgthend the linkages between district, state and national head quarters of IRCS, other NGOs and government departments Capacity building of communities • Formation of various community based disaster risk reduction entities at the community level



• 364 Community Micro Groups, covering 30 households in each group are to be formed in 29 communities and they are to be oriented on CBDRR. This is to ensure better participation of everyone in the community • Village disaster management teams (VDMT) with representation of CMG, Panchayat, creche teachers, health promoters, opinion leaders are to be formed in all 29 communities • Leadership training and finance management training to VDMT members • Disaster Management Task Forces are to be formed in all 29 communities and these teams are to be trained in specialise skills like search and rescue, early warning, watsan, public health in emergencies, shelter management, psychosocial care first aid etc • Assisting 29 communities to conduct vulneability and capacity assessment • Facilitate the communities to prepare village level community contingency plan (CCP) in 29 communities • Introducing group micro insurance for Community micro group members as a safety net

06 FIRST AID Using community-based first aid to save lives and reduce divisions
Easy availability of first aid providers with always ready to use first aid kits and manual in the disaster prone villages is an important component of RC strategy of preparedness towards various disasters/emergencies. So IRCS Tamil Nadu Branch promotes Community Based First Aid by identifying and training the suitable volunteers from vulnerable communities and equipping them with first aid kit . • 362 Health Promoters, selected from 29 vulnerable communities affected by tsunami have been trained in C Based First Aid and deputed as First Aid provider with adequate kits to extend their live saving services to their own communities • 100 volunteers from marginalized communities (eunuchs and commercial sex workers) were trained in First Aid and given first aid kits • 30 IRCS volunteers from 17 districts were trained in first aid and they have initiated to establish first aid team within their own district • The trained Health Promoters from 29 tsunami affected communities disseminate knowledge on the importance of first aid and transfer the skills to their own communities. They follow a standard Red Cross manual in disseminating the knowledge.



• The trained Health Promoters provide first aid on day-to-day basis and they are considered most valuable asset within their communities IRCS ensures periodical replenishment of first kits as to ensure uninterrupted service in the community.

08 FOOD & WATER Working with communities to improve food security and access to water
IRCS provides support to communities affected by disasters to restore their traditional livelihood and to look for better alternative livelihood options. The livelihood promotion of communities ensures their food security and thus better living. IRCS also improves the access to drinking water for these communities. • Community Development Groups for Restoration of livelihoods (CDG-RL) have been formed among women and men communities to collectively use the opportunity to improve their livelihood. There are 94 CDG-RL with 1880 people who are getting benefit by earning a better income under CRC supported IPCD Programme which is implemented in 29 villages from 6 tsunami affected coastal districts • 5 net mending sheds, 1 fish auction hall and 1 multi-purpose building were constructed and used by the communities to improve livelihoods, both traditional and alternative, of 3050 families • 2 CDG-RLs (40 members) in Nagapattinam district have been



supported with water tankers. These water tankers managed by the women group fetch portable drinking water for the entire community of 7134 persons from outside. This, apart from solving the drinking water problem in the community, also generates income from selling water for a nominal cost which goes to women CDG-RL • In order to restore the livelihood of fishermen affected by tsunami, IRCS provided boats, fishing nets, and ice boxes. • 40 Boats to 24 men groups which have 480 fisher folk as members; 80 ice boxes were given to these boat groups under IPCD programme supported by CRC

• 8200 Kg Fishing nets were distributed to 4600 fishermen (including inland fishermen) •25 Women CDG-RL groups from 6 tsunami affected districts were supported with seed capital amounting Rs 12,54,650 to realize their alternative livelihood options as to improve their family income. Using the seed capital these women have started new small business IRCS Tamil nadu state branch works with women for their socioeconomic empowerment. The women are organized into Red Cross groups which bring a group of approximately 20 women together and work collectively towards their socio-economic development. The women groups are encouraged to actively involve in savings and credit activities which promotes their economic independence. Also, coming and working together as a group has brought them a sense of social recognition within their community.



• 94 Red Cross Community development groups for restoration of livelihoods (CDG-RLs) are active in 29 communities where IPCD project is implemented • They have saved up to INR ............... and out of which INRs ..............have been dispursed as internal loans • Assets like net mending shed, fish auction hall, multi purpose center, water tankers, cargo autos created under IPCD programme, a tsunami rehabilitation initiative, have been handed over to these women groups for operations and management • Moreover these women groups were supported with grants for initiating new businesses and/or developing their existing businesses

IRCS strives to address the health needs of community living in chronic poverty further intensified by the disasters, through direct community based health promotion interventions and coordinating with government health departments and communities to bridge the gap between them . 362 Health Promoters in the community were trained in MCH. These HPs make door-to-door visit to disseminate knowledge to relevant people and provide special care to those in nee d • These HPs also work with government health department to reach the government services to the most vulnerable people • Periodical Health Camps are dination with the Government organized in coorhealth departments

• These HPs have also been trained in HIV/AIDS and soon they will



start disseminating knowledge on HIV/AIDS among the communities. Care and support to physically challenged The ircstnb has running an Artificial Limb Centre for providing better alternative and higher dignity to the poorest persons born with congenital or acquired ambulatory problems by equipping them with the necessary tools from -------. This includes caliper making, artificial limbs, leather work and wood works. Since the methodology and the procedures followed have been outdated, the Artificial Limb Centre has been renovated and refurbished with necessary warehouse facilities along with a modern Prosthetic and Orthopedic Laboratory and a therapy department with the support of the Italian Red Cross. As part of the rehabilitation project of prosthetic and orthopedic laboratory, Indian Red Cross Society – Tamilnadu Branch has received 1260 prosthetic and orthopedic aids consisting of tricycles, wheel chairs, calipers, crutches etc., costing a nominal value of Rs. 65,000/- from Italian Red Cross.


•Family members are often separated from each other during armed conflicts and other situations of violence, disasters and events that disrupt their lives, such as regular or irregular migration. •The Movement can alleviate the anguish of those who are without news of their relatives if all of its components are ready and able to respond to their needs, reunite with their families and clarify the fate of missing relatives.



Our Move
• Capacity Building Programme from Gross root Level • Regular visits to Refugee Camps, Juvenile Homes, Home for Mentally Ill, Children Care Homes , and Prisons for foreigners On 26.04.2009, they reached Trichy and they were taken to shanthivanam home, Mrs. Jayanthi Moithru waited for her son’s arrival. When the son saw his mother in front of the Shanthivanam Home, he fell down unconsciously. It has become very emotional, he run to hug her mother with full of tears. He never believed that his mother is still alive until he saw her at Shanthivanam home. A formal meeting was arranged in Trichy by the District branch of Tamil Nadu Red Cross and Mrs. JayanthriMoithru was handed over in the pleasure of District Collector Mr. Soundaiah I.A.S., Chairman of the branch, Dist Secretary of IRCS, District Branch and many other dignitaries.

• Family reunited at Mandapam refugee camp • Family reunited at Gummudi poondi refugee camp • Tracing cell established during tsunami at Nagapattinam district and 10 persons were traced out. • Family reunification of unaccompanied minor at Tirunelvli district • Missing person traced out at London • Missing person traced out in Switzerland • Bangladesh girl successfully traced out in Chennai • Missing person traced out in Sri Lanka



13 VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION Global commitment to change behavior

VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION Global Commitment to Change Behavior AIDS-related stigma can lead to discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS-related discrimination means that people are treated negatively and denied opportunities on the basis of their HIV status. This discrimination can occur at all levels of a person’s daily life, for example, when they wish to travel, use health care facilities or get a new job. PLHA-Care and support – Hospital project People with HIV/AIDS can live healthy lives for longer if proper care and support is provided. Their immune system can be strengthened by medical treatment, food, rest and exercise. They can cope much better if they are happy and feel productive. Emotional support and a positive attitude will help them to avoid depression. A lot can also be done to avoid the devastating effects that illness and death have on families and children The program provides comprehensive care to adults, adolescents and children living with HIV/AIDS and their families and significant others. The scope of services includes counseling, testing, outpatient and inpatient clinical care, nutrition and community support According to appropriate, physical and psycho-social care, palliative care is given to PLHA leads to the humanity and support in their family members and community, and die with dignity and warmth.



3 ‘S’ Link Programme Government hospital of the thoracic medicine, with sanctioned 776 bed strength and 120 bedded rehabilitation centre to the needs of over 1000 inpatients. It is the largest AIDS care center in India with around 500 patients visiting the separate HIV out patient department daily and over 400 patients taking inpatient treatment in 16 HIV wards including one palliative care ward. Components of 3 ‘S’ Link Programme SERVICE – • Hygiene pack for HIV in-patient; • Nutrition for HIV in-patients; • Amenities for attending families. SUPPORT • Nutritional counseling for in-patient or their families; • Counseling support to affected families; follow-up support in their home districts STIGMA – • Awareness generation; • Sensitization in society; • Mass campaign with active interaction with HIV infected individual als IMPACT • Increase in Nutrition awareness • Greater awareness on facts about HIV/AIDS and safe sex • Psychological support – suicidal tendency averted • Awareness about Care during Pregnancy

• Increased awareness on Facts about Breast feeding • ART treatment and follow up



YOUTH PEER EDUCATION PROGRAMME Three decades into the HIV epidemic, young people and children remain at the heart of the disease’s effects. People under the age of 25 continue to be disproportionately affected by the epidemic, accounting for more than half of all new HIV infections each year. This fact sheet provides the latest data about the current impact of HIV/AIDS on young people with a focus on those ages 15-24, including the impact by region, on young women and girls, factors that make adolescents particularly vulnerable and key components of prevention, care, and treatment interventions. Objective Reduction in incidence of new infections among young people through youth peer education and life skill development Implementation • Three districts in Tamil Nadu (Supported by International Federation of Red Cross) • Two districts in Tamil Nadu (Supported by Italian Red Cross)

Activities • • • • • Capacity Building to the project staff Sensitization programs for selected institutional heads Selection & Training to peer educators TOT workshop for JRC /YRC Counselors Preparing peer groups for Out-reach activities Community awareness program




COMMUNITY CARE CENTRE AIDS stigma has been widely spreading in the community. Hence, there is a need for more community care centers for children to provide love, compassion, counselling, Education, Medical care, Nutrition, possible recreation, peaceful atmosphere and special care to the infected and affected children of positive parents. Goal To address the major prevention and control measures components of HIV/AIDS such as care, support, prevention and stigma in an integrated manner. The community Care Centre established in 2004 for the children less than 6 years of age of the HIV/AIDS affected parents are giving care, supplemental nutritious food, providing pre- school, non-formal play way education, personal hygiene. The center is focusing its efforts on raising awareness of HIV/AIDS.



ICTC/ IEC MOBILE VAN (TANSACS) • Our Goals is to fulfill our mission of contributing towards minimizing human suffering, especially where health is concerned. To achieve this, we endeavor to pay more attention to health facilities for vulnerable population. We concentrate mainly on HIV/ AIDS & STIs awareness programmes so that this epidemic can be controlled and the incidence of HIV infections is minimized. • • The Tamil Nadu state AIDS control society, has allotted 10 mobile ICTC & IEC vehicles to IRCS District Branches for implementing Information, Education and communication campaigns.

Sincere Thanks to Partner National Societies

International Committee of the Red Cross

Swedish Red Cross

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent

Spanish Red Cross

Italian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

American Red Cross



Seven Principles Of Red Cross

• Humanity • Impartiality • Neutrality • Independence • Voluntary service • Unity • Universality

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