May 26, 2014, 10:44 AM
Kanifing Municipality Red Cross Branch (KMRCB) is a branch under the auspices
of the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) and is one of the strongest branches in
It has a volunteer-based of about 10,000 and 56 registered links in both schools and communities within the municipality.
The branch on Saturday held a presentation at the Old Jeshwang Primary School to give an account of the branch activities for the past year, and also present awards to parents and deserving volunteers.
In her statement, Fatou Gaye, the acting Secretary General of the GRCS, said Red Cross volunteers, in particular, are involved in many humanitarian activities geared toward reducing the suffering of the more vulnerable, wherever they may be found.
They are always in the forefront in supporting and protecting the dignity of their communities; they provide first-aid coverage
in public gatherings, sensitisation on basic health and personal hygiene, disease prevention and control.
They also serve as community surveillance in risky and difficult situations.
She added that they are also involved in the task of protecting human dignity, achieving noble goals such as eradicating poverty and hunger, intolerance and discrimination; and other threats to human dignity, which would be impossible without the energy and dedication of volunteers.
Red Cross volunteers believe that the task goes beyond merely protecting human dignity; they need to actively promote human dignity, she continued.
Everyone should continue to work with the Red Cross and volunteer organizations everywhere, so as to create a more conductive environment for volunteerism, Ms Gaye added.
The branch chairman, Mustapha Bittaye, read the yearly activity report, and said in 2016 the branch implemented the beneficiary communities (Bencom) Ebola project, which was funded by the European Union (EU), IFRC and the Spanish Red Cross.
It was a project geared toward Ebola preparedness and prevention.
It also focused on awareness creation on prevalence of Ebola and other diseases within the communities.
He added that from 5 to 10 September, the Gambia Red Cross Society organized a TOT training on dissemination, held at Basse for all the branches.