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CROIX ROUGE LAO

Lao Red Cross: serving people in need

The International Red Cross is a humanitarian organisation that helps people during times of hardship and disaster. The aid agency works with other humanitarian organisations around the world in a spirit of kindness, generosity and dedication to assist others when they are suffering, have a hard life, are poor and lonely and are not able to help themselves. It does not expect compensation or profit for its work. The International Red Cross has three components: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and National Societies. The International Red Cross was founded on May 8, 1863, and this year marks its 158th anniversary. Laos has actively contributed to expanding the role of the International Red Cross through international humanitarian law and receiving assistance for projects.
The Lao Red Cross operates in line with humanitarian principles that are fundamental to efforts to help impoverished and disadvantaged people and was particularly active in 2020. Its work is based on the seven principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The Lao Red Cross has grown and serves and assists Lao people and society, especially victims of disasters and poor people, in various ways through the provision of funds and other forms of assistance. The organisation has helped people who suffered during natural disasters in Vientiane and the 17 provinces. It provided assistance when floods struck central and southern Laos, affecting 180,417 p e o p l e f r o m 3 4 , 5 6 9 families in 857 villages of 219 districts. A total of 91,789 people from 21,046 families in 497 villages of 190 districts received assistance from the Lao Red Cross valued at more than 5.6 billion kip. This amount included 4.5 billion kip donated by the International Red Cross and Red Cross societies in other countries. An additional 278 million kip was donated by the general public, while provincial authorities provided 692 million kip, and the Lao Red Cross contributed 39.5 million kip. The Lao Red Cross has also received 60,358 bags of donated blood and distributed 70,450 bags to 46,000 patients. I n t e r m s o f b a s i c healthcare, the Lao Red Cross has attended to 1,548 people living with HIV on 90 occasions. The organisation built 520 toilets for people in 10 villages of Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, as a part of relief efforts after a catastrophic flood left many people homeless. It also distributed water treatment equipment to five provinces and provided training-of-trainer classes in eight northern provinces, which were attended by 313 people. In the provision of emergency services, the Lao Red Cross attended the scene
of accidents in Vientiane on 1,571 occasions, helping 1,654 people, of whom 122 died. Red Cross staff also took 509 people to hospital in emergency situations. The Red Cross is working to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic by forming a committee to work in partnership with other national bodies. It has also trained 281 people on the prevention and control of Covid-19. Red Cross staff have sprayed disinfectant in various locations on 35 occasions and organised events to educate people about basic healthcare and Covid-19 prevention on 40 occasions, which were attended by a total of 1,116 people.