Programme purpose: The overall priority of the Lebanese Red Cross is to continue the implementation of institutional changes, to strengthen quality performance of first aid and ambulance services, to continue assistance through the primary health care and social centres, to strengthen the volunteer base through the youth as the future capital of the National Society and to ensure quality performance of the services performed through the blood banks.
Programme summary: Each department of the Lebanese Red Cross used the first months of 2010 to develop plans of action, very much in line with the National Society's five-year strategy. Progress was made on finance development in terms of support to improved structures and systems within the headquarters.
Most of the programmes and projects started in 2009 continued into the first half of 2010.The exceptions are the two new pilot projects based in the community, community based health and first aid and community based disaster risk reduction.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Lebanese Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation was signed in April. The cooperation agreement between the Lebanese Red Cross and the International Federation was extended in February.