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Italian Red Cross President visits the National Headquarters
June 19th, 2008  

‘I started my career with Red Cross as a volunteer at the age of eight. The Red Cross movement is a big family wherein International Federation can be regarded as father, ICRC as mother and National Societies as children. Anyone between the age bracket of 8 to 85 can be a part of the movement and can contribute towards humanity’ says Dr. Massimo Barra, President of the Italian Red Cross and Deputy President of the Standing Commission of International Federation, Geneva.

Dr. Barra with his entourage visited the National Headquarters on June 18th 2008. While introducing him to the officials, Prof. (Dr) S.P. Agarwal , Secretary General, IRCS informed that Dr. Barra is a professor of Medicine and has specialized in drugs, addiction and
related diseases. The Secretary General informed the distinguished visitor about the HIV/AIDS Red Cross India Consortium. He invited the President to join the Consortium as its member. Other health & care and disaster management programmes and IRCS new initiatives were also discussed.

The Indian Red Cross Society has signed the MOU with Italian Red Cross for one year in January 2008. The objective of the programme is to strengthen the IRCS capacity to effectively respond to the most vulnerable population affected by disasters and public health issues in the states of Punjab, Tripura and Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Barra also called on the Hon’ble Chairman, IRCS and Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss and Former Vice Chairman of IRCS and Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr. Murli Deora.

The discussions during the meeting were fruitful, as it would strengthen the relations between the two National Societies.
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