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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day stresses need for safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to people affected by conflict
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (WRC-RCD) is being observed across the globe on May 8 to mark the birth anniversary of birth of Henry Dunant (born: 1828) and reaffirm the principles Red Cross Movement. Dunant not only founded of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) but also did humanitarian work for which he received the first Nobel Peace Prize.

On the occasion of WRC-RCD, in their joint statement, Tadateru Konoe, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross stressed the need for 'unimpeded humanitarian access to people affected by conflict; and investment in youth leadership'.

"So today, while we celebrate our Movement and its brave and dedicated staff and volunteers, we will also be reflecting on how we can work with individuals, communities and governments to best support people who need us, reduce their risks and build resilience, and to improve our services and accountability," stated Konoe and Maurer.

They added, "We will strive for improved access to health care and action to prevent non-communicable diseases; the integration of disaster risk reduction into climate change strategies; the strengthening of legal frameworks and greater respect for international humanitarian law; safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to people affected by conflict; and investment in youth leadership."

In India, the structure of the Red Cross movement percolates down from the National Headquarters to the State, UT and the district branches with its thrust area of training of lay people, students and professionals in First Aid (FA). The National headquarters (NHQ) has also developed the "Evidence based Indian First Aid Guidelines".

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