Jan Egeland, Secretary General of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) met Prof. Ali Asghar Peyvandi, President of Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 in the IRCS headquarter in Tehran.
In this meeting, President of IRCS explained the humanitarian activities of IRCS at national and international level. He referred to the capacities of IRCS in rendering its humanitarian services that include relief and rescue in responding to disasters, health and treatment and rehabilitation, education and youth and volunteers, textile productions, medicine and medical equipment and products, as well as the international activities in medical areas and disasters and crises.
The President of IRCS remarked the status of IRCS in the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent and its membership in Governing Board of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), added that IRCS works and cooperates with International humanitarian partners such as IFRC, International Committee of the Red Cross and National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, among them Norwegian Red Cross, in areas of disaster risk reduction, community resilience and Education as Humanitarian Need, restoring family links and migration, etc.
Deploying professional relief and rescue teams together with sufficient logistics and equipments, distribution of about 84,000 tents, 240,000 blankets, 72-hours food parcels, 40.000 food and nonfood booklets and one-month food items shows the readiness and desirability of the Iranian Red Crescent Society to mobilize its resources to respond to the quake even in hard-to-reach areas, said President of IRCS.
During his speech, Jan Egeland, referred to his visit to the earthquake affected areas In Kermanshah and stated that NRC is ready to support the IRCS response operations for the benefit of the affected and assist those who are in need.
In the meeting, the fruitful cooperation between IRCS and NRC, through its country office in Tehran, was pointed out. The objective of the cooperation between two organizations is to enhance the qualities of relief services, taking more responsibility during disasters, experience and knowledge exchange, by means of training coerces called SPHERE Project, in particular in five Iranian provinces which have the Afghan refugees including Khorasan Razavi, Sistan and Baluchestan, etc.