04 June 2007
A doctor from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) takes care of a young child in Pakistan. (Photo: Sveinung Uddu Ystad/Norwegian Red Cross)Islamabad, Pakistan:
Volunteers are a catalyst of change for any society and there is urgent need for creating an enabling environment at the national level to foster volunteerism, said Federal Health Minister Muhammad Nasir Khan on Saturday.
He was addressing participants of a ceremony held to award the educational institutions of Rawalpindi and Islamabad for their contribution during emergency and blood donation campaigns at the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) headquarters in Islamabad.
“This can be facilitated of young Pakistanis are mobilised to volunteer and share responsibilities of relief organizations,” Khan said. He added that
volunteers should be provided opportunities to contribute to a culture of humanity and non-violence and to promote the fundamental principles of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement in all segments of society.
PRCS Chairman Saeed Ahmad Qureshi predicts that the number of volunteers will double in the next three years, from 50,000 to 100,000. He also said that, during the same period, the number of people provided with first aid training would be doubled from the current 56,000 in addition to supplementing the blood donor programme. He said that the PRCS programme to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS would benefit 100,000 individuals.