The Swiss Red Cross seeks to improve the quality of seniors’ life. Older people should be able to lead an active, interesting, high-energy life, feel significant and fulfilled. In case an older person has health problems that prevent them from leading an active life, the person should receive medical and social assistance, together with a proper care.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the main cause of death. They account for 2/3 of deaths worldwide and 90% of deaths in Belarus. The Swiss Red Cross is working to prevent non-communicable diseases and is supporting the “Community Action for Health” project.
Volunteer initiative groups were created, having united active persons who wish to lead a healthier lifestyle and help other community members, including their neighbors, colleagues, friends, classmates, neighborhood residents.
The Swiss Red Cross finances humanitarian assistance for lonely elderly people and persons with disabilities, single-parent and large families in Belarus. Parcels with food, baby food and toys, clothes, shoes, and stationery arrive from Switzerland every year and are distributed among those in need.
Also, the Swiss Red Cross finances the purchase of food for persons in need in Belarus. The recipients of parcels selected by the territorial centers of social services are provided with basic nutrition for three months.
As a result of the armed conflict in Ukraine, over 100,000 persons arrived in Belarus from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The forced migrants suffer from a difficult financial situation and feel psychologically vulnerable. The Swiss Red Cross helps those who need it most.
The Swiss Red Cross, or SRC, was founded on July 17, 1866 and is one of the oldest national societies of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Within the framework of the International Cooperation Program, SRC is represented in 29 countries, including Belarus.
Since 1994, the Swiss Red Cross has provided expert and financial support to the country and cooperated with the Belarus Red Cross Society, which implements the projects. Scope of activity: active aging, medical and social assistance, healthy lifestyle and prevention of non-communicable diseases, humanitarian assistance, social and medical assistance to displaced persons from Ukraine.