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After the devastating earthquake in Gujarat in January 2001, the Indian Red Cross Society National Headquarters with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Partner National Societies have taken up a number of initiatives to strengthen its emergency response capabilities. Disaster Management Centre, focal point of IRCS Disaster Management Activities, has been set up at the National Headquarters. Three Mobile Disaster Units (MDU) with assessment and operational kits, have been kept in readiness for use in the event of major disasters. National Disaster Response Team consisting 16 members from various States has been formed and trained.
Disaster Relief Committee was constituted in 1991 with the following objective:
Pune District Branch has been conduction an HIV/AIDS Awareness program since 2003. From 2007to 2012 the program was supported by German Red Cross through the National Society and Maharashtra State Branch.
This is a unique program in which emphasis is given on HIV/AIDS awareness through life skill training program in twenty schools and twenty college. The program is very widely acceptedin city and also in rural areas of Saswadand Jejuri in Purander Taluka. Over 4000 students are trained in each academic year through peer education chain. The program is also extended to industries, slums, rd light areas, PLHIV, school drop out children, self help groups, women's organizations. remand homes, and hospital staff.
Indian Red Cross Society, Pune District Branch started ART centre in 2007.
Pune District Branch has adopted 48 patients for ART treatment, consultation & counseling. 31 patients were given free first line ART treatment at discounted rate.
YPEP project handles the ART centre in all types of counseling to PLHIV patients for example- testing, health living, nutritional counseling adherence to regular treatment etc.
Every month two meetings are conducted for distributing the ART medicines to PLHIV.