Whilst playing a key role in providing medical support to all pilgrims in Iraq, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has sent several medical teams with equipments to the holy cities of Iraq. Since the beginning of the walk for Arbaeen, a sacred Shia Muslim ritual or Chehlum which commemorates the end of the 40-day mourning period after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, in a battle in 680 AD, IRCS has been offering services to approximately 20 million pilgrims including 2.5 million Iranians in various parts of the march route as previous years.
Ali Asghar Ahmadi, Secretary General of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said that Red Crescent is currently involved in rendering humanitarian outpatient treatment services to pilgrims in its clinics and medical centres in Iraq. "All pilgrims will be referred to Iraqi hospitals in case of need for receiving inpatient care services,"
"From zero point of the border in Iran towards Najaf and Karbala in Iraq, the Iranian Red Crescent has set up its tented medical centres whilst rendering health and medical services together with ambulances to pilgrims in Iraq,". Ahmadi also mentioned. "Five developed clinics and medical centres are working with more than 80 Iranian Red Crescent's medical personnel in each of centres from Karbala to Najaf,"
He also added that in addition to the Iranian Red Crescent medical centres, a medical tent with the medical staff, medicine and ambulances are active for every 15 km in a way between Najaf to Karbala cities.
Secretary General of Iran's Red Crescent pointed out that the accumulation of Red Crescent medical staffs are in Karbala due to large number of pilgrims. Ahmadi also said the Iranian Red Crescent is providing its medical services in close cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent and a field hospital has also set up to provide services to all pilgrims in need.
Despite unsafe conditions in Samarra, Red Crescent medical team is also active in this city because of the importance of humanitarian assistance and needs for pilgrims in Samarra