Red Cross workshop to train volunteers
Statesman News Service
Bhubaneswar, 4 September
In a bid to enhance the capacity of Red Cross volunteers to help the community to trace out the missing persons when the contact is lost as a result of conflict, migration, natural disaster or other crises and support for restoring link with their families, the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch organised a two day workshop Family News Service (FNS), which concluded today. A number of state disaster response team members, Red Cross members and volunteers and Youth Red Cross counsellors from most of the district Red Cross branches, city branch and regional branch of Red Cross Society participated in the event, which was conducted with support of IRCS, National Headquarters, New Delhi and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Training was imparted on different tools of traditional tracing activities, introduction on RFL in disaster, RFL assessment, reporting, preparedness and dissemination, appropriate approach with family of missing persons and dead body management etc.
Health and family welfare minister Dr Damodar Rout attended the valedictory ceremony. Mr. Nicholas G. Bachmann, Restoring Family Links programme, ICRC, Ms. Ritu Satmukhi, youth coordinator, IRCS-NHQ and Dr. Sarita Supkar, Youth Red Cross Officer, IRCS-OSB attended the function.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Mangala Prasad Mohanty, honorary secretary, IRCS-OSB 2013 Odisha state branch yesterday.