The Health and Care Section of the Jamaica Red Cross works to promote and improve the overall health of vulnerable communities through providing integrated interdisciplinary responses that address the key determining factors of health as part of a broader development-centred approach.
If we bear in mind the idea of ‘prevention is better than cure’ then our objectives must include health education. The Red Cross endeavours to promote and safeguard health and as an auxiliary to the government plays its role in doing so.
The Care Section has several welfare programs geared towards responding to needs of the population.
Our Welfare Programs are geared towards the needs of Golden Agers, Indigent Disabled, Street Persons and Mentally Deranged Individuals who have no income, and no one to care for them. This assistance takes different forms, such as Feeding Programs, Welfare Distribution, and Medical Assistance.
There are two types of feeding programs, the Meals-on-Wheels and the Meals-on-Feet Programs.
Through these programs, cooked meals are delivered to needy individuals on a regular basis. The individuals are identified to the JRC by concerned citizens, and are assessed by the Volunteers and Staff.
Assistance depends totally on AVAILABLE RESOURCES, which are sought from sponsors and fundraising activities.
Branches are advised not to assume responsibilities if the resources are not available
The Feeding Program includes an ongoing assessment of the social needs of the vulnerable individuals. Individuals who have genuine needs which cannot be met by the Red Cross, are referred to other agencies with humanitarian services e.g. Salvation Army, Poor Relief and Food for the Poor
Red Cross solicits and accepts welfare items on an ongoing basis. These items include clothing, food, medical and household articles and supplies.
Red Cross through its Volunteers and Staff, distributes these supplies unconditionally – satisfying the needs and not the greed of victims, irrespective of how small.
Volunteers and Staff must be properly identified at whatever level when undertaking Welfare Distribution.
Area Groups and Branches must ensure that their Care Section Councils are properly trained, and stand ready to respond whenever welfare demands are made on them i.e. after fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.
Areas in which Care Volunteers Assist:
- Assist the elderly to get to clinics, the Bank, supermarket and also to pay bills, etc.
- Encouraging the elderly to keep appointments
- Obtaining medications for patients – waiting in line
Visiting Hospitals/Nursing Homes/Health Centres
Volunteers must register their interest with the responsible Branch, then report to the institution and person in charge of the assigned institution/organization.
Volunteers will assist with the following:
- Assist Nurses in attending to patients’ needs e.g. feeding and bathing, combing hair and reading.
- Soliciting help for residents’/patients’ welfare needs and seeking sponsors to satisfy needs e.g. Drugs (Medicine)
- Assistance on Casualty e.g. taking patients to wards
Past and Present Programmes and Projects:
FIRST AID: IMPORTANCE AND OUR WORK IN FA, COURSE DESCRIPTION, SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION, FIRST AID APP
WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE PROMOTION