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Impact of Sanctions on IRCS


TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (IRCS) _ To provide medicine for special diseases is stipulated in the Iranian Red Crescent’s mandate, but, sanctions do pose challenges to supply of medicine by IRCS.

At a press meeting with representatives of the foreign media in Iran, Prof. Ali Asghar Peyvandi, President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), said reimposed sanctions against the country will impact Red Crescent missions.

"All the people will suffer from outrageous sanctions, and, Iranian Red Crescent will suffer from the sanctions as well.” Peyvandi emphasized.

Referring to humanitarian efforts of fourteen IRCS medical centers abroad, he said: “Not only in Iran, but around the world, IRCS acts as a strong Society and an international organization as well as an effective member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

According to the principles and objectives, Iranian Red Crescent tries to serve the affected people from Somalia drought, Pakistan flood to conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

Asked about late November Kermanshah earthquake, IRCS President said: “Due to capabilities of National Society and public contributions, we didn’t have to resort to international appeal like Bam earthquake (2003).

Despite no international appeal, National Societies of Pakistan, Japan and Thailand donated their contributions and the Iranians granted over Rls. 700 billion (over 19 million Swiss francs) in cash donations as well as 20,000 tones in-kind donations,” Peyvandi said.

IRCS President also said this year 8 Iranian pilgrims have died in hajj so far due to illness and old age.

On IRCS reliefs to Rohingya displaced people in Bangladesh, Peyvandi said: “Iranian Red Crescent sent 3 medicine and food consignments, totally 100 tones, to Bangladesh.

Referring to contribution of Rls. 70 billion (over 2 million Swiss francs) by the public and Rls. 10 billion (290,000 Swiss francs) by the Iranian Supreme Leader to the displaced Muslims of Rohingya, IRCS President said: “Iranian Red Crescent set up a field clinic in the region that Iranian staff including doctors and nurses where active there.

Moreover, Prof. Peyvandi noted that IRCS has sent its humanitarian consignments to Yemeni people by the International Committee of Red Cross in 9 phases. From 2011, IRCS has sent in-kind contributions to Syria in 36 phases. It has also sent medicine and food contributions to Iraq in 8 phases.