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China: 1.38 billion yuan put into Red Cross relief operations in 2007

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In the past year 2007, the Chinese Red Cross put into 1.384 billion yuan in cash and kind put into its relief operations nationwide, which is reveled at the Society's annual board session held in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang province on Jan. 7, 2008.

According to the meeting, total of 2.139 billion yuan in cash and kind were raised by Red Cross organizations at all levels on the mainland China, in which 638 million by national office and its affiliated institutions, 2.139 billion by local branches. The fund and items worth 1.384 billion yuan benefited more than 15.73 million people in the country.

The society focused on management of volunteer and expanded volunteer services in emergency response, health care, HIV/AIDS, fundraising and dissemination etc. in 2007. In the year, the pilot counties for implementing new health system were added to 76 and 491 township hospitals funded by Red Cross were set up, 263 rural doctors were trained, the fund for these projects was up to 74.65 million yuan and beneficiaries were over 400,000 people.

In the tsunami relief operation, the Society has put 81% of the 443 million yuan in assistance for 11 affected countries, in which 9 victim villages were built for 5 countries and 1487 sets of houses and public health facilitates were set up.

The Society has highlighted the priorities for 2008 those are:

- To organize the training for volunteers of Olympic in Beijing, carry out first aid activities during the event;

- To strengthen OD at grass-root organization;

- To improve capacities of DM, community service and dissemination etc.