The programme activities of the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) that are supported by the International Federation (IFRC) are aligned to the fundamental principles of the IFRC and contribute to the goals of Strategy 2020 (Strategic Goals: 2 and 3) to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; and promote social inclusion and a culture of nonviolence and peace. The capacity-building efforts are in line with Enabling Action One to build strong National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. With its Headquarter in Tbilisi staffed with qualified personnel and 34 local branches, the GRCS renders services to vulnerable people throughout the country. Over 2,000 volunteers and a membership of about 10,000 help the GRCS reach out to the most vulnerable communities. The Georgia Red Cross Society is a crucial participant in the National Response Plan of Georgia. The GRCS
s strategic development plan (2012-2016) (hereinafter “strategic plan”) has been finalized (adopted by the GRCSs General Assembly) in line with the IFRC`s Strategy 2020.
Unfortunately, the scarce funding through the International Federation in 2013 created significant gaps in the implementation of the initially developed Operational Plans. IFRC provided financial support for implementation of two projects: “MDR-TB control in Georgia” and “Promotion of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation” Other activities of the GRCS for the reporting period were implemented with the financial support received from ICRC and Participatory National Societies (PNSs) working with the GRCS on bilateral base.