What do we do?
The Belgian Red Cross-Flanders collects blood throughout Flanders. This is crucial since for many sick people someone else’s blood could make the difference between life and death. Following traffic accidents, operations or childbirth a considerable amount of blood is often needed to save a person’s life. It is therefore paramount that we have sufficient supplies of blood available at all times. We are responsible for providing a constant supply of safe blood products in sufficient quantities to hospitals across Flanders.
First aid and support
We are the acknowledged expert in Flanders when it comes to first aid and our activities include everything from first aid at events such as festivals and sports matches to specialist training courses. We provide training all over Flanders and are the benchmark provider of workplace first aid. Thanks to expertise underpinned by scientific evidence coupled with many years of experience we are the government’s preferred emergency-relief partner.
First Aid materials adapted to the African context
Several African Red Cross National Societies expressed the need for First Aid materials adapted to the African context. In addition the World Bank identified First Aid training as a low-cost opportunity to decrease the burden of disease and injury in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Thus, wed decided to develop First Aid materials including prevention advice for the African context according to the latest medical and scientific data using the evidence-based practice methodology.
We make a special effort to help people for whom life can be challenging. For example, we organize vacation camps for socially disadvantaged children to give them an enjoyable time during their school vacations. If they are experiencing difficulties at school, we can provide additional support. We cater for the elderly, too: one of our priority areas of activity is combating loneliness among this target group and our mobile library visits a number of different care institutions. Finally, we also organize adapted vacations for people with disabilities.
Providing assistance worldwide
We help people all over the world. Wherever an emergency situation arises, we can offer assistance immediately through our established links with local Red Cross associations. We also work with them on a long-term basis, primarily in the fields of first aid, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
Like other Red Cross associations, we ensure that international humanitarian law is observed and do everything we can to reestablish contact between lost family members. Finally, when so requested by the government we also host asylum-seekers.