During the first world war in 1914, India had no organization for relief services to the affected soldiers, except a branch of the St. John Ambulance Association and by a Joint Committee of the British Red Cross. Later, a branch of the same Committee was started to undertake the much needed relief services in collaboration with the St. John Ambulance Association in aid of the soldiers as well as civilian sufferers of the horrors of that great war. A bill to constitute the Indian Red Cross Society, Independent of the British Red Cross, was introduced in the Indian Legislative Council on 3rd March 1920 by Sir Claude Hill, member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council who was also Chairman of the Joint war Committee in India . The Bill was passed on 17th March 1920 and became Act XV of 1920 with the assent of the Governor General on the 20th March 1920 .
Red Cross Branch is running Bal Bhawan in Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana since 1982-83. This institution accommodates healthy children of leprosy patients and poor children from all over the state of Punjab. They are provided free boarding, lodging, education facilities and medical care. This provides an opportunity for the children to gain basic primary education so that they can develop at par with other children. At present 56 children are staying in the home in which 35 nos. are of girls and 21 nos. are of boys. In this home children are of age between 5 to 12 years. Most of the children in this home are from Kusht Ashrams of different districts of Punjab.
The Senior Citizens Home was started in 1982 is a unique activity of our branch and probably the first of its kind established in the country. It aims at providing graceful life to these men or women who suffer from problems of old age and loneliness. This Home was started for such elderly people who could afford to pay the boarding, lodging and recreational facilities and enjoy the company of people of their age group. In this home, regular medical check-ups of inmates are done by the team of Doctors of Civil Hospitals, Ludhiana. The home aims to add dignity to their old age with a meagre contribution of Rs. 2200/- per month. At present, there are 26 inmates.
This school was started in the year 1972 to cater to the needs of deaf and dumb children, who have difficulty in adjusting in normal schools and are usually devoid of a chance to enjoy healthy childhood and become independent. Special staff has been engaged for giving them education in the proper manner. The Students are given training in certain Vocational trades such as furniture making, canning work, wax candle, carpentry, tailoring and embroidery. At present there are 19 children in this school in which students are of age between 6 to 15 years. In this school monthly fee for per student is Rs. 50/- which is not compulsory to deposit. In this school, most of the students are from Ludhiana District and 3 students are from Red Cross Children Home.
This Blood Bank became operational in 1983, and was started with a view to feed the local hospitals in the entire district and the adjoining districts of Ropar, Hoshiarpur and Moga. This is equipped with modern machinery. The Red Cross charges Rs. 500/- per unit for blood with replacement and Rs. 800/- per unit for blood without substitute from the people coming for various medical requirements. Our Blood collecting team has been going to far off places such a Budhlada, Mansa, Sardoolgarh, Bhatinda, Nawan Shehar, Mukatsar etc. for collecting blood from willing donors.
Red Cross Society, Ludhiana has started a Red Cross Drug De-Addiction Centre on 7.1.14 located at Brown Road, Ludhiana. It is a 13 bedded centre, providing free of cost services to all the patients. This has been a unique initiative to help the society get rid of the drug problem and create happy families. Red Cross Society has dedicated staff to serve the patients, catering to all their needs for lab investigations, medicines, doctors consultation, recreational facilities and rehabilitation services.300 Nos. of patients got admitted in this centre from the starting of this centre.
A PNDT Cell was set up by Red Cross Society to combat the menace of female foeticide. Form ‘F’ is issued by this cell to ultrasound centres in district Ludhiana. List of suspected cases based on the data from form ‘F’ is sent by Civil Surgeon office through weekly emails. SMS was sent on the phone numbers of all the females mentioned in this data, to create awareness and help solve any problems. PNDT Cell has also set up a toll-free no. 18001804923 for any complaints regarding female foeticide.
Red Cross Society, Ludhiana started Pangoora Ghar on 25.03.2010 to save the lives of new born babies thrown out by their parents after birth. The Society has taken the initiate to protect such babies, receiving them in Pangoora Ghar, and further delivering them to Govt. recognized adoption centre “Swami Ganga GiriBhuri wale International Foundation Dham” at Talwandi Khurd, Ludhiana for further adoption by needy parents. The Society has received 15 babies in Pangoora Ghar from the starting and all have been sent to the above recognized centre.
St. John Ambulance is a project of the Society aiming to train various sections of the society in first aid services. In fact the Ludhiana Branch of the Society did a wonderful job on this project as first aid training is being given to factory workers, college students and conductors etc.
• Training to Factory Workers and School and College Student 2693 Nos.
• Training to Conductors 774 Nos.
• Training of Home Nursing 1045 Nos.
Total 4512 Nos.