Country: Kazakhstan

Volunteers promote blood donation in Kazakhstan with innovative ideas

By Aslan Tussupzhanov, Red Crescent of Kazakhstan Blood collection is one of the most traditional activities of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and a constant challenge when it comes to getting the engagement of young people. Which is why the Kazakhstan Red Crescent is striving to buck the trend and motivate a new generation of donors. They joined the Club 25 initiative – a youth movement with the goal of promoting blood donation – and set up their first club in Almaty in 2015, followed shortly by a second one in Astana. Club 25 members do not shy...

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IFRC President “inspired” by visit to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

Astana, 3 July 2017 – The work of the Red Crescent in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is building hope and resilience in both countries, Mr Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said today. The IFRC President visited the Central Asian nations to meet with volunteers and staff of the Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan and the Kazakh Red Crescent, and to hold high-level discussions with Government leaders on how best to support and promote humanitarian activities in their countries. “What I have seen in both countries has inspired me, and gives me a great deal of hope,” said Mr Konoé. “Red Crescent volunteers and staff are working very hard to support people in need and to promote dignity and resilience in communities across Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. “Both countries are home to very diverse communities, with diverse challenges and opportunities. But the sense of social cohesion and respect for diversity shone through very clearly, as did the people’s admiration for the Red Crescent.” In Uzbekistan, Mr Konoé was welcomed to Tashkent and Samarkand by the President of the Red Crescent, Prof. Khamid Yakubovich Karimov, and was given briefings on the organization’s work and its successful membership structure, which has encouraged more than a million people to become supporters and volunteers. This was the first visit by a serving IFRC president since the...

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.