PR – Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, has received an update on the work of the Grenada Red Cross Society (GRCS), as the society through its auxiliary role to Government, aims to strengthen programmes by providing support in the areas of youth, health and disaster management.
Red Cross President, Ms. Samantha Dickson, at a recent meeting with the Prime Minister, spoke of the extensive work they have been doing in the community and in collaboration with various ministries.
In addition to its traditional work, the Grenada Red Cross has also become involved in the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 Operations, funded through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Global Appeal and other donors, has enabled the local Red Cross to distribute food and hygiene packages to 1,000 persons, procure personal protective equipment and install hand-washing stations. Soon, the GRCS will donate thermometers to all primary schools.
The Grenada Red Cross Society has also undertaken a Zika-prevention project, during which 32 communities received capacity building through education and the formation of community groups. Residents were also taught how to store water safely.
Ms. Dickson indicated that the GRCS Strategic Plan 2030 has also been developed to guide the society’s work as it keeps abreast of the demands in the humanitarian sector.
The Prime Minister has commended the Grenada Red Cross Society for the significant strides made and for its continued dedication to making a difference. He said, “The value of the work of the Grenada Red Cross Society should not be underestimated. They have consistently partnered with Government on programmes and initiatives to better serve the community.”
The Government of Grenada provides an annual subvention to the Grenada Red Cross Society and Dr. Mitchell gave assurances of Government’s commitment to continue supporting and collaborating with the Red Cross in whatever way possible.