M.P. State Branch Bhopal
The International Red Cross Society was conceptualised by Sir Henry Dunant after his incidental exposure to the plight of thousands of helpless , wounded soldiers as an aftermath of war in Italy and their near total lack of medical help. The Red Cross Society was formally established in 1863 in Geneva to offer medical relief to the war victims in the battlefield. The society gradually earned the distinction of a global body selflessly working for the welfare of suffering humanity.
The Indian Red Cross Society was established in 1920 with its headquarters in New Delhi. The Hon'ble President of India is the President of the Indian Red Cross Society and at the State level the Hon'ble Governor is the President. The Madhya Pradesh Chapter came into existence in 1956 with its office in Shivaji Nagar. Presently there are 1100 branches in India. In Madhya Pradesh there are 52 District Branches and 63 sub district branches.
The Red Cross Society initiated its humanitarian activities in Madhya Pradesh in 1956. The State Headquarters are located in Shivaji Nagar where one of the largest Red Cross Multispeciality Hospital is rendering services to large number of suffering humanity at very subsidised cost. The MP State has the distinction of having the largest number of District and Subdistrict Branches in the country.
Deaddiction Centres are being run in Indore, Neemuch, Sagar, Ratlam to bring the derailed section of society back into the mainstream and help the society at large.
Red Cross also manages Schools for Deaf and Dumb Children at Dhar ,Neemuch and Morena. Leprosy relief Centres are set up at Dhar, Jabalpur,Indore, Satna, Narsingpur, Mandsaur, Rewa and Barwani to help ameliorate the suffering of Leporsy patients. Red Cross also runs Dharamshala or Rest Houses for the relatives of the patients in the District places at Shivpuri ,Guna , Ratlam , Gwalior , Satna, Damoh and Badwani.
Disaster Management and Assistance to the people affected by Earthquakes, Floods Famines is another area where Red Cross makes its presence by selfless work and help to the afflicted populace.