0337 GMT January 19, 2019
Pir-Hossein Kolivand added that extensive humanitarian activities undertaken by IRCS have made it an exemplary member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“IRCS, which has modern equipment, is the largest relief organization of Iran,” he said.
The official noted that although Iran joined IFRC in 1924, the huge efforts made by philanthropic members of the organization, especially youth, volunteers and aid workers, have helped IRCS make significant progress.
Kolivand emphasized that its members serve as the pivot of IRCS programs.
“As the fourth biggest disaster-prone country after China, Japan and Italy, Iran is vulnerable to 34 out of 40 natural disasters,” he said.
He added that all groups of people can participate in humanitarian and charitable activities undertaken by IRCS.
Kolivand said 70 percent of the country are vulnerable to earthquakes and 50 percent to flooding, which increase the importance of expanding humanitarian and relief activities.
The official noted that IRCS, as the oldest and largest civil organization of Iran, has been offering humanitarian services to underprivileged people and victims of natural and unnatural disasters.
“IRCS aims to provide people with relief and rescue training,” he said.
“The international performance of IRCS has been very effective and successful,” he said, adding that providing benevolent services to various groups of people is a top priority.
Kolivand also said IRCS aims to establish communication with the youth and use their capabilities during natural disasters.
“The youth and teenagers constitute a major part of Iran's population and play a very important role at the time of natural disasters,” he said.
The official said a number of non-governmental organizations pursue social, political and religious goals while IRCS provides services to vulnerable groups.
He said Red Crescent and Red Cross entities are active in 190 countries.
Mohammad Farhadi, the former head of IRCS, said earlier more than 2 million Iranian youths and teenagers have joined Iran’s Red Crescent Society voluntarily.
Farhadi noted that IRCS has 700,000 employees who provide professional services to people.