IRCS, ICRC to support Afghan Refugees
TEHRAN, 15 September 2021 (IRCS) – President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Tehran explored avenues to further cooperation.
During the meeting held in Tehran on Wednesday, Dr Karim Hemmati, President of the Iranian Red Crescent, refereed to various activities of the Red Crescent in Iran and abroad, and said: “Much of the Iranian Red Crescent’s activities over the past 18 months have been focused on Coronavirus. In this area, we have helped the Ministry of Health and provided many services in this field,”
“70 percent of the Coronavirus vaccines have been imported into the country by the Iranian Red Crescent. In addition to assisting domestic organizations, international institutions also helped the Iranian Red Crescent to launch a nationwide vaccination campaign against Corona disease,” he added.
Hemmati also referred to the IRCS’ support to Afghan refugees, which was rendered to them in makeshift border camps following unrest in Afghanistan.
“The Iranian Red Crescent is ready to import Coronavirus vaccines for refugees to prevent the spread of Coronavirus inside the country and to ensure the health of migrants,” said IRCS president.
For his part, Johannes Bruwer, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Tehran, said: “We are proud to cooperate with the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran and we are ready to cooperate in all areas,”
Regarding the support for Afghan refugees, he said: “We will also provide technical and national assistance to fight the Corona and help Afghan refugees.”
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) began its work in Iran in 1977 and continued its presence in the country during the Iran-Iraq war.
After several years of limited presence, the International Committee of the Red Cross expanded its activities in Iran in 2001. This was largely to support the organization's humanitarian operations in Afghanistan and later in Iraq.
Today, the International Committee of the Red Cross continues its mission in the Islamic Republic of Iran to address the humanitarian consequences of missing persons in the Iran-Iraq war. This organization cooperates with the Iranian Red Crescent Society and other organizations and institutions in the fields of missing persons, physical rehabilitation and international relief.