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FAQs

Who is Kenya Red Cross Society

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was established on 21 December 1965 through the Kenya Red Cross Society Act. (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya). Its Constitution is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 to which Kenya is a signatory.

The National Society was officially recognized by the Government in the Kenya Red Cross Society Act (Chapter 256 Laws of Kenya) as a voluntary aid Society auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and as the only National Red Cross Society that carries out its activities in the Kenyan territory. In relation to public authorities, the Society maintains an autonomy, which allows it to act at all times in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Cresent Movement.

Who can become a member of Kenya Red Cross

Anyone can become a member of Kenya Red Cross through registration in its various platforms, that is either through the official website, KRCS APP or by visiting any of our branches countrywide.

What is the work of Kenya Red Cross

As auxiliary to the national and county governments, we will work with our communities, volunteers and partners to ensure we prepare for and respond to our humanitarian and development needs. We focus our collective capabilities and resources to alleviate human suffering and save live

What are the core programs of Kenya Red Cross

1. The Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Department is the organization’s flagship for resilience building. It implements programmes that aim to lessen or transfer the adverse effects of hazards through preparedness, mitigation and response. The focus is on three thematic areas; Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Food Security and Livelihood (FS&L) and Environmental Management and Climate Change Adaptation (E/CCA).

2. The Disaster Management Operations (DM-Ops) Department provides immediate relief to affected populations so as to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises. The department’s key activities are in: Emergency Operation, Tracing and Restoration of Family Links, Refugee Operations in Dadaab and Kalobeyei, Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations, as well as Disaster Management Strengthening.

3. Health Nutrition and Social Services Department accessible and equitable community based health care. The interventions are anchored to the KRCS 2016-2020 strategic plan, the National Health Sector Strategy III, Vision 2030 (the social pillar) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The sector embraces the KHSSP mission, ‘To deliberately build progressive, responsive and sustainable technologically driven, evidence-based and client-centered health system for accelerated attainment of highest standard of health to all Kenyans.’

4. provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Department has aligned itself to the IFRC global water and sanitation initiative, which outlines a common approach among National Societies to establish large scale, long term sustainable water and sanitation programmes.

5. The overall goal of the Organizational Development (OD) Department is to “build a strong national society.” In line with this goal, the department helps to build strong branch networks, improve governance, strengthen youth progammes, streamline membership and volunteer management and improve knowledge and awareness of the Red Cross to gain public support

6. The Global Fund Round 10 HIV Programme is a single stream funding for the government of Kenya to support the road towards a HIV Free Society. This grant is managed through the Ministry of Finance for the state PR (Principal Recipient) and the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) as the non-state Principal Recipient (PR).

The goal of the program is to contribute to achieving Vision 2030 through universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care for all. The programme priority areas of focus are based on the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Framework (KNASF) 2041/15 – 2018/19, which seeks to reduce new HIV infections by 75% and reduce AIDS related mortality by 25% by 2019.

Who can donate bloood?

16 years to < 65, above 50 kgs, safe sexual lifestyle

Can you get HIV/disease from donating?

No. All needles and lancets are sterile and used only once. Our staffs are well trained and follow strict standardized procedures.

Is it safe to donate blood?

Yes, a detailed questionnaire that enables self-exclusion to address your health and lifestyle. We test your HB (amount of blood), BP (pressure) to ensure you are fit to donate.

Who will receive my blood?

Anemic, people undergoing surgical operations, patients with cancer and leukemia, accidents victims, complications during pregnancy

How many lives can a unit of blood save?

Anybody who donates at least twice in a year

How many lives can a unit of blood save?

A unit of blood can be used to save more than one life; blood is composed of different components.