The GRCS is a relief humanitarian organisation which started in 1929 as the League of Maternal and Child Welfare, and in 1932 became the Gold Coast branch of the British Red Cross. On attainment of independence in 1957, it evolved into the Ghana Red Cross Society through an Act of Parliament (The GRCS Act 10, 1958), headquartered in Accra.
Speaking at the opening of a conference aimed to organize a 3-day workshop to adopt a youth policy in line with the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies, to help streamline the youth in the humanitarian service organisations on 15th September, 2017 in Accra, the President of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS), Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo, disclosed some activities, challenges and successes of the Ghana group to the participants.
Saying, the organisation has over the years played many important roles in offering humanitarian services in and outside the country.
The Ghana group, according to him, was committed to sustaining its fundamental principles of ensuring higher standards of services to maintain its voluntary services, unity, independence, impartiality, neutrality and universality of services to all humanity.
Mr. Agyekum said, the meeting will also be a platform for experience and knowledge sharing, in order for member countries to learn from one another and agree on standards to guide the operations of the group in the region, and discuss strides made on some commitments by the group at the pan-African conference held in Abidjan.
He hereafter said, it’ll also invest in the regional partnerships among African national societies, to facilitate cross-border collaborations in support of migrants, early warning and shared reduction, among other commitments.
On his part, the West Coast Group Chairman and President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Elder Anani Bolaji, praised the Sierra Leonean group for the good work they did and still continued to do to help the survivors and affected families in the recent mudslide disaster.
He emphasized, the workshop would help build the capacity of the regional group to enhance the operations of the respective national groups and set a regional standard for their operations.
Elder Anani also commended Ghana for her good works and called on other member countries to follow suit.