121st Anniversary of the Thai Red Cross Society
The Thai Red Cross Society celebrates its 121st anniversary on 26 April 2014. The Society was founded in 1893 in the reign of King Chulalongkorn to provide relief to the victims of the territorial conflicts along the borders of Thailand and French Indochina. The Society since then has carried out its activities in accordance with the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, namely humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The Thai Red Cross Society under the patronage of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej with H.M. Queen Sirikit as President and H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as Executive Vice-President strives to be a leading humanitarian organization by focusing on its four cores areas, namely medical and health care services; disaster preparedness and response; blood transfusion services; and promotion of quality of life.
Altogether the Thai Red Cross Society has 14 bureaus, 6 specialized centres and 5 special affair offices. In 2014 the Thai Red Cross Society plans to implement activities based on its strategy 2011 – 2015 comprising of
- excellent and holistic medical and public health services.
- dynamic relief assistance to meet the needs of disaster victims and communities at risk through participation of society and communities.
- standard blood transfusion services and continuous supply of blood products.
- promotion of quality of life of needy people and the underprivileged with participation of the community and networks of the Thai Red Cross.
- development of innovative and dynamic management