TRCS Contextial Background

Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) is a voluntary and independent humanitarian organization established in Tanzania by an Act of Parliament No. 71 of 1962 and is mandated to play specific voluntary humanitarian roles, both during disasters/emergencies and in peace time, as an auxiliary organ to the public authorities.

The Society joined of the worldwide network of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1963 when it fulfilled the requirements for membership to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Today, TRCS has employed staff in 15 out of the 26 regions where TRCS is operational. The Society has 280 branches with over 12,000 members and more than 10,000 volunteers. 36% of the members and volunteers are women.

TRCS Mission

To mobilize resources through the power of humanity towards improving the situation of the most vulnerable in Tanzania

TRCS Vision

Tanzania Red Cross Society as a strong, credible and dependable national institution that supplements government efforts in achieving social and economic justice and growth through the provision of effective humanitarian services in the country.

MAJOR AREA OF OUR WORK

The services and interventions provided by Tanzania Red Cross Society are based on the country’s risks and vulnerabilities and target different vulnerable groups including children, women, and chronically ill patients especially people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, the elderly and disaster/emergency victims.

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BLOOD DONATION PROGRAM

This programme is operational in nine regions and is responsible for recruitment and retention of voluntary non remunerated repeating blood donors as part of the National Blood Trans­fusion services. This program is being implemented together with the Ministry of Health; the latter is operational in the rest of the regions and is responsible for the entire management of collected blood.

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MAJOR AREA OF OUR WORK

HEALTH AND CARE IN THE COMMUNITY

All activities relating to major public health problems, including water and sanitation...

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Disaster management covers disaster preparedness and disaster response as well as mitigation and risk reduction activities...

INFORMATION DISSEMINATION

The focus is making the TRCS well known, sup­porting volunteer recruitment, improving fundraising and income generation...

ORGANISATION DEVELOPMENT

Programmes under organizational development aim at making TRCS a well-functioning National Society in terms of capacity and performance...