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Introduction

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), officially founded in December 1968, is a national humanitarian organization. Since its establishment, it caters to the health and welfare of the Palestinian people and others in need in the OPT and the Diaspora. It has 4,200 employees in oPt (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iraq in addition to its volunteer network of more than 20,000 people.

PRCS History

PRCS strives to ease human suffering through its Emergency Medical Services (EMS), preventive and curative health care services, rehabilitation, volunteer activities, and programs promoting social and cultural development, with a focus on the most vulnerable members of the society. PRCS also focuses on the dissemination of the humanitarian values, the fundamental principles of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in addition to International Humanitarian Law.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society was mandated in 1969 to provide humanitarian, health, cultural and social services when and where needed to the Palestinian population. Following the 1993 Oslo peace accord and the formal establishment of a Ministry of Health (MOH) by the Palestinian Authority (PA), PRCS, in 1996 and 1999, was mandated by the Palestinian Authority to provide National Ambulance and Blood Transfusion and Pre-Hospital Emergency Services in oPt and Health Service in the Diaspora. The PRCS assumed the role of a complementary body to the public authorities, targeting the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups within the Palestinian population. The PRCS has become one of the main non-profit providers of medical and social welfare services in the oPt. Despite the many obstacles and difficulties, the PRCS persists in providing humanitarian services and support to its people, through its branches in Palestine, as well as in Arab countries where Palestinians reside in large numbers.

The PRCS is a full member of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and therefore adheres to the Movement’s basic principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The deteriorating humanitarian situation in oPt and Diaspora, coupled with the continued financial crisis, internal strife and recurrent Israeli military incursions into the oPt, put more strain on the National Society’s ability to provide essential services to the population as a result of increased numbers of people requiring emergency care in hospitals and health centre’s.

The Palestine Red Crescent is one of the largest and most reliable provider of health care and social services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It is also the only provider of secondary health care services to the Palestinian refugees in the Diaspora ( Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iraq) . Due to the financial crisis in oPt and serious lack of job opportunities for Palestinians in Lebanon, there are very few options for the Palestine Red Crescent to generate income from its programs and services. This leaves it vulnerable and dependent on external funding. With years of deteriorating economic and humanitarian conditions, and with periods where the authorities could not provide health care and social services, the importance of the Palestine Red Crescent has increased

 

 

Mission

To provide humanitarian assistance, health and social services to the Palestinian people when and where needed. That is to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found, to protect life and health and ensure respect for the human being, in times of peace and armed conflict and other emergencies, to work for the prevention of disease and for the promotion of health and social welfare, and to encourage voluntary service.

Vision

PRCS will be the leading humanitarian organization responding to the needs of the Palestinian population including the Diaspora, delivering quality humanitarian services and disseminating the Movement’s Principles and International Humanitarian Law, with continued commitment to leveraging inaccessibility and inequality to health and social services, supporting the rights of vulnerable groups.

 

 Foreword

Since its establishment in 1968, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has developed plans that contribute to improve its work and to meet the health and humanitarian needs of Palestinians. This trend continued following the return of the society’s leadership to Palestine, with regular conferences accompanying this planning process. Held in July 2019, the last PRCS’ Conference discussed and adopted the society’s strategy for the next four years (2019-2023).

This Strategy is the result of collective efforts made by hundreds of staff and volunteers in Palestine and the Diaspora who worked alongside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-Movement partners, as well as local community experts and stakeholders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It reflects the future needs and expectations of these local communities. To ensure that it is fully operational, it will  be accompanied by action plans for departments, branches and sections that reflect the Strategy's objectives, expected results and outputs.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to those who contributed to this collective effort. Our thanks go particularly to the drafting team and to the Board members who commented on and approved the final version of the strategy.

Younis Al KhatibPresident of PRCS
 
 
 Executive Summary 
 
This strategic plan is a result of collective efforts across the entire Palestine Red Crescent Society (Palestine RCS) and builds upon lessons learned from Strategy 2018 with a focus on agility and flexibility, and a stronger volunteer base.
 
PRCS being a unique national society that operates in a complex context in different geographic areas, and suffering from an unstable political situation, strives to expand its humanitarian mission and provision of emergency and disaster services to the vulnerable in Palestine (oPt) and the Diaspora.
 
Since its establishment on December 1968,  PRCS caters for the health and welfare of  the  Palestinian  people  and  others  in  need  in  the occupied  Palestinian  territories (oPt) and the Diaspora, and through  its wide  volunteer  network  of  more  than  20,000 in addition to 4,200 employees in oPt (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Lebanon, Syria and  Egypt.  . It has earned its reputation as an effective organization delivering quality services to its beneficiaries and humanitarian intervention included through providing a wide range of health, social and cultural services in addition to the dissemination of the humanitarian values, the Fundamental Principles, and International Humanitarian Law. 
 
Based on projected scenarios, including protracted occupation into its 50th year, regional geo-political instability, and impact of climate change, the humanitarian conditions and needs of Palestinian people are anticipated to worsen.  We project increased poverty, migration, and internal displacement, deteriorations of health and social status and dramatic increase in vulnerability and insecurity inside Palestine and for Palestinians in the diaspora .The need for protection and compliance to IHL and Geneva Conventions is needed more than ever in the region.
 
PRCS will continue to focus on emergency medical response, disaster preparedness & response, health and social care for refugees and IDPs, physical rehabilitation and mental health of vulnerable groups, through competent staff and volunteers, protection and IHL advocacy, and better systems and processes. The increase in the deteriorating humanitarian situation in opts and Diaspora, coupled with the continued financial crisis are considered as main challenges for PRCS to implement its Strategy.  PRCS has addressed 2 additional strategic goals that encompass:  increase its capacity in facing both challenges, which includes strengthening its partners’ network and focus on its organizational capacity development.
 
The Palestine RCS strategy 2019-2023 has been developed in alignment with the Palestine national strategy as well as with the Goals of the International Federation S2030 that would contribute to Global Development Indicators mainly in addressing its priorities and goals for the coming 5 years pertinent to: health, DM, social inclusion, and protection. 
 
 This strategy will frame PRCS operations, programs and projects   in Palestine and diaspora, while taking into consideration that a monitoring process will be applied through annual regular reports and midterm review.
 
 
I- Approach to Formulating this Strategy
1. Pillars
  • PRCS’ strategic framework (vision, mission, values and objectives)
  • Palestinian national plans and IFRC’s Strategy 2030 and Directions 2030
  • The seven fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality)
  • International committee of Red Cross strategy 2022
  • The fundamental principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
  • Community work as a key driver of community resilience
  • Complementarity with public and private bodies in Palestine and the Diaspora.
  • Priority needs of Palestinian people 
Humanity

The Movement provides assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for all human beings. It promotes mutual understanding and friendship.

Impartiality    

The Movement prohibits discrimination of gender, religious beliefs, political opinions and class. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and gives priority to the most urgent cases of distress. 

Neutrality

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Independence

The Movement is independent. National Societies are auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries.  

Voluntary Service

The Movement is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. 

Unity

There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must continue its humanitarian work throughout its territory. 

Universality

The Movement in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.

 

 
2. Methodology
  • Analysis of the external environment (political, health and social aspects)
  • Analysis of PRCS’ internal environment (finance, administration, technology, HR, etc.)
  • Review and evaluation of previous PRCS Strategy (2014-2018)
  • Review and analysis of national and sectorial plans
  • Review of the IFRC’s Strategy 2020 and Directions 2030
  • Carrying out of several consultative workshops as follows:

             -One participatory workshop with representatives from Palestinian ministries and government agencies to enhance             complementarity.

             -Three workshops with local communities from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

             -Four internal sectorial workshops with PRCS’ staff from the social, health, financial, administrative, information and international cooperation sectors- Six regional workshops with staff, volunteers and members from the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon branches

             -A workshop with RCRC’ partners including delegates from National Societies, IFRC and ICRC. 

Discussing the initial version of PRCS strategic plan with departments' directors

3. Underlying Scenario and Premise
The underlying premise of this Strategy is the continuous need to strengthen communities’ resilience while preparing for and responding to emergencies. This scenario is warranted by the chronic protracted Israeli occupation, the devastating situation in war-torn Arab countries which continues to deflect attention away from the oPT, and the unwavering US support to Israel. Instability in a number of Arab co, is likely to prevail over the coming years, further complicating the lives of those refugees.
 
This strategy highlights ways and means to ensure emergency preparedness, through enhancing Palestinians 'resilience. It focuses on increasing PRCS ’overall readiness so it can continue to meet the humanitarian, health, social and relief needs in the OPT and in refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria.

Israeli occupation forces attack PRCS EMTs with pepper spray, Al-Bireh 2016

 
II- Elements of this Strategy
 
Context
 
PRCS operates in the OPT and in a number of countries with different political, security, economic, social and legal conditions. In the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, the context is characterized by direct Israeli occupation and the expansion of settlements. In the Gaza Strip, a tight Israeli blockade was enforced many years ago. In Syria, the ongoing conflict has affected approximately 650,000 Palestinian refugees, while in Lebanon, 300,000 Palestinian refugees are currently living and being affected by the overall unstable situation within the country. 
 
 
 
Climate change is expected to decrease precipitation and increase temperatures. This will affect most sectors of the economy in the occupied Palestinian territories, but one of its biggest losses will be in the availability and quality of water, which will expose the water and agricultural sectors to great danger, and will directly affect the livelihood of Palestinian farmers, especially in remote areas. First, freshwater resources - surface and groundwater - will become scarce as precipitation decreases, and thus will make water extraction more expensive and energy consuming. Second, since climate change increases the likelihood of severe and short rain, sudden floods are very likely to happen. The current infrastructure of the Occupied Palestinian Territory is unable to support heavy rains, which could lead to floods in urban areas, partly due to insufficient sanitation and sewage networks .The inability of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to pursue adjustment policies is a direct result of the occupation and will have severe human and environmental impacts on Palestinian (Al-Shabaka, March 2019).Within the context of seven decades of Palestinian displacement, expropriation, persecution, and poor governance, a combination of climate risks with limited  adaptive preparedness will increase the  vulnerability of   Palestinians .
 
4,915,000 Palestinians were living in the OPT as of the end of 2018, with refugees making up 42% of the population in the West Bank, including in Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip(PCBS). They live under direct military occupation and are besieged and isolated. Despite international consensus on the applicability of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip as occupied territories, Israel, the occupying power, continues to violate IHL provisions. These violations are a driver of severe protection threats against Palestinians and high levels of acute vulnerability across Palestinian communities.
 
  • The Situation in the West Bank, including Jerusalem 
Palestinians are subject to a complex system of control, including physical (barriers. walls, checkpoints, roadblocks) and bureaucratic barriers (permits, closure of areas) which restrict their right to freedom of movement as well as their access to necessary services.
 
No less than 572 fixed movement obstacles, including checkpoints and road gates, restrict freedom of movement. Over 110 additional obstacles, including checkpoints and electronic gates segregate Hebron’s Old City. Palestinians continue to experience displacement induced by 13,000 home demolition orders which have affected an estimated 15,000 Palestinian owned homes and structures in Area C.  In 2018 alone, 471 homes and structures were demolished in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including 11self-demolitions (Abdullah Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation, 2018).
 
Israel exercises control of over 62% of water springs in the West Bank and has completed building at least 70% of the barrier which denies farmers access to their land and to water springs. It also retains near exclusive control over Area C, which has a population of approximately 200,000 Palestinians living in542 communities. Over 87% of the OPT’s natural resources, including agricultural and water resources, 90% of its forests and 49% of its roads are located in Area C, as are most Israeli settlements. The number of settlers has more than tripled, from 240,000 in 1990 to 830,000 in 2018. Additionally, the uptrend in settler violence recorded in recent years has continued. In 2018, more than 7900 trees were uprooted, 540 vehicles were vandalized and 862 attacks were carried out. Attacks by settlers against Palestinians increased during the first quarter of 2019, which saw a weekly average of seven attacks, compared to those in 2018 where there was an average of 5 attacks per week and three per week in 2017(OCHA, 2019).
 
In regards to water and sanitation, annual per capita water consumption in Israeli settlements is 344 cubic meters against 93 cubic meters for Palestinians. In other words, Palestinians receive a mere 27% of total water quantities. All West Bank settlements are connected to water networks while many Palestinian villages have no connection to such networks (OCHA, 2018). Moreover, more than 270,000 Palestinians are directly affected by Israel’s restrictions and control over water and sanitation infrastructure. 
 
In the field of education, more than 80,000 pupils and 5,000 teachers were the victim of attacks carried out by Israeli forces. 603 pupils and 55 teachers and educational staff were injured in 2017 while 311 pupils, teachers and staff were arrested and 352 attacks were carried out against 95 schools. This has resulted in the loss of about 91535 classes (Report by the Ministry of Education, 2017, published in March, 2018).
 
18.3% of the workforce suffers from poverty & unemployment as defined by the International Labour Organization, while 13.9% of Palestinians live under the poverty line (PCBS, April 2018).
  • The situation in the Gaza Strip
A tight blockade was imposed years ago  on the Gaza Strip where three wars and numerous Israeli aggressions in less than ten years have resulted in massive destruction. Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded. The health sector suffers from shortages in medicine and equipment. The agricultural sector has sustained great losses, water supplies have been halved and fishing activity disrupted. 90% of all infrastructure projects have been brought to a standstill whilst border crossings are closed and a travel ban is imposed even on patients.
 
The immense electricity deficit affecting the Gaza Strip, alongside the longstanding shortage of adequate sanitation infrastructure continues to result in the discharge of 100-108 million litres of poorly treated sewage into the sea every day. This situation poses serious health and environmental hazards, particularly during the summer. Over 16,000 people whose homes were destroyed in the 2014 war remain without proper shelter (OCHA, 2018). In 2018, 49.1% of the workforce was unemployed, while 53% of the population was living under the poverty line (PCBS, May 2018). 
  • The Health Situation in the OPT
The health sector in Palestine in general and the Gaza Strip in particular has been severely impacted by Israeli occupation practices. In the Gaza Strip, the health sector is on the brink of collapse due to the tight blockade. Services have declined in most hospitals and Ministry of Health facilities. There is a lack of specialist physicians and there are shortages of up to 60% in essential medicines, antibiotics and analgesics in hospitals. 42% of medicines are at less than one month’s supply while essential drugs are reported at zero stock levels (Haaretz, February 2019). Most Palestinians wounded during weekly March of Return protests along the Strip’s eastern borders are awaiting surgery. Approximately 6000 wounded Palestinians have not received adequate medical attention. A quarter of them suffer from bone infections caused by a lack of immediate and appropriate medical treatment and must undergo amputations (Haaretz, February 2019). Numerous patients die either because Israel refuses to allow them to leave the Gaza Strip for treatment or due to shortages in medical supplies and lack of treatment options.
 
In the West Bank, the development of the health sector and the provision of appropriate health services are hindered by Israeli practices, including the dismemberment of Palestinian territories. Over 60% of the OPT is considered Area C, where Israel retains civil and military control, preventing the construction of  buildings and the development of health facilities to serve remote communities. According to the Right to Health Report issued by the WHO in 2018, approximately 114,000 Palestinians out of the 300,000 living in Area C are dependent on mobile health clinics and cannot easily access health services.  
 
The separation wall and an extensive system of fixed and ‘flying’ military checkpoints hampers free movement for all, including ambulances. According to data collected by the PRCS, in 84% of the 1,462 recorded journeys by ambulances requiring entry to Jerusalem from other parts of the West Bank in 2018, patients had to be transferred to another ambulance at checkpoints.
 
Israel’s permit system applies to the 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, outside of East Jerusalem, including patients. According to the WHO, one in five applications for Israeli-issued permits (to access healthcare in East Jerusalem and Israel) were unsuccessful in 2018.  
 
Furthermore, in regards to the population’s mental health, mental distress has increased significantly as a result of Israeli practices. Repeated incursions into Palestinian areas and attacks against schools, especially those adjacent to main roads, have terrorized thousands of children. The use of deadly weapons and the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip have also resulted in an increase in moderate to severe mental health issues(NRC,2019) , especially among women and children,
  • Need for protection in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip
About 1.9million Palestinians across the OPT are identified as most in need for protection (35% of the population). 350,000 Palestinians in 67 communities within the West Bank are vulnerable to settler violence, whilst over 860,000 children are at risk due to psycho-social stress and the absence of economic livelihood (OCHA, 2018). In 2018, 295 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. About 61% of the fatalities and 79% of the injuries (over 29,000) were in the context of Gaza’s ‘Great March of Return’ protest (OCHA, 2019). 
 
Israel, the occupying power, hinders Palestinian disaster preparedness efforts by effectively controlling all Palestinian land, sea and air borders. Not only does this situation limit national efforts to respond to emergencies and disasters, but it also prevents the swift receipt of international assistance.

A volunteer treating a child who got injured during the Great March of Return, Gaza 2019

 
  • Palestinian Refugees in Syria
PRCS operates in Palestinian refugees camps in Syria where 650,000 refugees used to live in 13 refugee camps. Half of that population has been displaced, including about 100,000people who have immigrated to Europe. About 450,000 Palestinian refugees remain in Syria, although many of them have been displaced to other refugee camps. According to the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria, 50 Palestinian refugees have drowned trying to reach Europe.
 
The war in Syria has triggered a series of social crises including an increase in crime levels and drug addiction as well as deteriorating health and mental health conditions. Economic conditions are dire. Social services available to elderly persons, persons with disabilities, young people, women and children are scarce and of poor quality.
 
The war in Syria has also affected staff and infrastructure. Palestine Hospital and Deir Yassin Health Complex in Al-Yarmouk Refugee Camp were the most badly hit. Nine of total   staff and volunteers lost their lives in the line of duty while others were forced to leave the country. Syrian public hospitals have witnessed the same fate and suffer from shortages in medical supplies. 
  • Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
The legal status of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon has not changed. They are barred from owning land and property and from employment in 70 professions. This ‘security approach’ towards Palestinian refugees is prevalent. Unemployment levels are estimated at 23.4% while 65% of all Palestinians in Lebanon live in abject poverty (AUB, 2010).
Economic hardships and related psychosocial distress has led to an increase negative coping behaviour, gender based violence (GBV), child labor, crime, depravity and drug abuse levels particularly among young refugees. 
  • The Health Conditions of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon do not have access to public health and social systems nor are they covered by any form of insurance. As a result, they cannot be hospitalized free-of-charge. PRCS has made it a priority to provide Secondary and Tertiary HealthCare to refugees. It is the unique provider of free-of-charge dialysis services to Palestinians(dialysis services are not covered by UNRWA). 
 
  • The Health Conditions of Palestinian Refugees in Syria
The prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs, some communicable disease such as scabies, cancer (mainly breast cancer), diabetes (which affects more than 18% of the population) and hypertension has increased. Health services which used to be provided by the Syrian State prior to the crisis have drastically declined. Al Yarmouk refugee camp, which was home to the biggest Palestinian community in Diaspora, and which houses PRCS’ Palestine Hospital and Deir Yaseen Medical Complex, has been almost totally destroyed.
 

PRCS's staff while providing their humanitarian services at Al Yarmouk Camp in Syria.

 
Vision
Our vision is to excel at our humanitarian work, play a leading role in building the capacities and resilience of Palestinian communities, enhance our position as a National Society capable of carrying out its mission, and strengthen our regional, national and international roles.
    
 
Mission
As a National Humanitarian Society and a member of the RCRC Movement, PRCS seeks to disseminate the Movement’s fundamental principles, build resilience through the provision of health and social services in the OPT and Diaspora, contribute to Palestinian development goals, and reduce suffering caused by natural and occupation-induced disasters, regional crises and conflicts. 
 
Strategic Priorities
  1. Disaster and emergency preparedness
  2. Health and social services
  3. Lobbying, advocacy and humanitarian diplomacy
  4. Partnerships and Networking
  5. Institution development and capacity building
Challenges facing PRCS
  • The Israeli occupation and its practices (e.g. barriers, colonization and checkpoints) is a key obstacle to humanitarian interventions. Violations against facilities, ambulances and staff have risen during the past five years (mainly during the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in 2014, during clashes in October/November 2015 and reference of the on-going March of Return protests which started in 2018).
  • The ever-changing political, security, economic, social and legal context which calls for utmost flexibility and relentless efforts by PRCS
  • Financial support by partners has decreased as crises hit many countries in the region, including Syria and Yemen. This decrease affected Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon in particular as well as some of the society’s programs and services, including its Emergency Medical Services in Palestine. 
  • The war in Syria which has forced staff to work under extreme insecurity. Numerous staff and volunteers lost their lives in the line of duty. Many health facilities had to either reduce or cease their activities, as was the case at Palestine Hospital and Deir Yassin Health Complex in Al-Yarmouk Refugee Camp
  • The reduction in UNRWA services which has led to an increase in demand on PRCS especially in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, against a backdrop of decreasing financial support
  • A systematic smear campaign against PRCS by Israel which aims at calling its international reputation into question (e.g. 2015). Relentless efforts are needed to fight this aggressive campaign and to refute Israeli claims. 
 
Strategic Goals
  • Enhancing natural disaster preparedness as well as readiness to respond to occupation-induced emergencies, through
  1. Enhancing effective disaster management by adopting an effective PRCS’ contingency plan, and improving disaster and emergency response systems and logistics
  2. Contributing to the development of a national risk mitigation plan and governorate contingency plans in coordination with national authorities
  3. Providing relief to families, Internal displaced people (IDPs) and all individuals affected by Israeli violations and natural disasters, and boosting relief supplies in central and secondary warehouses
  4. Developing the community based risk reduction program which provides the cornerstone of disaster response, and enhancing projects targeting vulnerable and at-risk communities
  5. Training of and increasing PRCS participation with consideration of engaging more women in the national disaster response team. 

Training for the National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) --Bani Naim- Hebron 2019 

  • Continued provision, development and improvement of health and social services in Palestine and Diaspora, through:
  1. Developing and improving the quality of Emergency Medical Services
  2. Improving quality secondary and tertiary health care and restructuring the Society’s hospitals as needed
  3. Enhancing the community health program and preventive healthcare services with a view to improving primary health care
  4. Offering rehabilitation and special education services to persons with disabilities, the elderly and the wounded; reinstating  the ‘access to villages’ program (Mobile Rehabilitation Services) where necessary and increasing support to the College of Ability Development to allow it to train skilled staff
  5. Implementing programs and organizing Summer camps aimed at empowering children and youths in order to advance leadership, citizenship and life skills;
  6. Restructuring volunteer programs, enhancing volunteer programs that help achieve local development, attracting international volunteers through partnerships and harnessing youth potential to promote the society’s programs
  7. Providing individual and community based psychosocial support services8. Integrating a gender, social and protection perspectives in all PRCS’ activities and programs.  
 

PRCS staffs providing psychosocial support to children in the Gaza Strip.

  • Lobbying, advocacy and Humanitarian Diplomacy (HD), through:
  1. Increasing lobbying, advocacy and HD activities with a view to bettering the lives of marginalized groups including women, children, the elderly and persons with disabilities; and enacting laws to guarantee the respect of these groups’ rights.
  2. Contributing to national sectorial plans that target marginalized groups and promote diversity and integration.
  3. Enhancing partnerships with and increasing support of women’s networks to help build their capacities and benefit from their expertise.
  4. Increasing communities 'understanding of IHL, HD and the fundamental RCRC principles.
  5. Boosting PRCS’ social media presence by developing its information role, bringing branches closer to the Information Department, and enhancing staff capacities in this field.
  6. Marking and participating in national and international events (e.g. International Women’s Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, International Children’s Day, and International Volunteer Day. 

  • Strengthening and diversifying partnerships to mobilize additional support, through:
  1. Broadening community-based partnerships at the local level, as well as with similar service providers and the private sector, and harnessing Corporate Social Responsibility programs to support PRCS
  2. Developing partnerships with ministries and government agencies including through MoUs and Agreements covering services provided by PRCS
  3. Diversifying and increasing partnerships with the RCRC Movement, especially with national societies
  4. Harnessing partnership tools such as the Annual Partnership Meeting, sectorial meetings, and meetings with RCRC constituents and participating in workshops, conferences, seminars and training courses convened and organized by the RCRC Movement
  5. Strengthening partnerships at the international level including with UNICEF, WHO and INGOs.
 

ICRC and PRCS staffs conducting  needs assessment for the affected families in the Gaza Strip. 

V- Institutional development and capacity building, through:

 

  1. Developing the Society’s Human Resources (HR) system, including developed mechanisms for continuous staff and volunteers’ appraisal to determine their training and development needs.
  2. Reviewing the society’s statutes to increase participation by youths and women, achieve gender parity in leadership positions and gender equality in decision and policy making.
  3. Developing, mainstreaming and digitalization financial and administrative systems.
  4. Adopting an effective funding and resource mobilization strategy.
  5. Developing a planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation (PMER) system that meets the evolving needs, that encompasses building capacities of branches and departments to prepare their operational plans and budgets.
  6. Reorganizing all International Relations activities (i.e. projects, public relations and cooperation) under one umbrella to maximize coordination, complementarity and consistency.
  7. Disseminating RCRC values and principles among staff and local communities.
 
 

 

 

Principles

The seven principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Humanity

The Red Cross and Red Crescent, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours – in its international and national capacity – to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, co-operation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

Impartiality

It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours only to relieve suffering, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

Neutrality

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Crescent may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Indepenence

The Red Crescent is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their Governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with Red Cross and Red Crescent principles.

Voluntary Service

The Red Crescent is a voluntary relief organization not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

Unity

There can be only one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality

The Red Crescent and Red Cross is a world-wide institution in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.