The Indian Red Cross Society in the State of Bengal in the pre independent period was created by the Indian Red Cross Society (Bengal branch) Act. 1920 and Bengal Act No. VIII of 1920, as adopted in the then Constituent Assembly and subsequently amended in the Indian Parliament.
The SHQ of the IRCS, Bengal Branch is located at 5 & 6, Govt. Place ( North), Kolkata – 700001, which is within the Estate of the then Governor General of Bengal in pre independence period and presently of the Hon’ble Governor of the state of West Bengal, who is the Hon’ble President of the Indian Red Cross Society, West Bengal State Branch.
Free Medical Treatment in OPDs
The Society runs 9 (nine) OPDs or charitable dispensaries at different locations in and around Kolkata, mainly for serving the weaker section of the society.
Indian Red Cross Society, West Bengal State Branch organizes free medical / health check-up camps in rural areas in the districts of West Bengal, specially in remote areas.
First Aid Camps
First Aid Camps are organized for treating people visiting large melas/ fairs at different places in the State including Ganga Sagar Mela, Khadi Mela, International Kolkata Book Fair etc.
Blood Donation Camps
Blood Donation Camps are organized and facilitated to save human life at different public places and corporate offices.
Rescue and Relief in Disasters
The Red Cross Volunteers act as first responder for relief and rescue operation in any natural or man-made disasters.
Family News Service
Family News Service (FNS) restores family link (RFL) between separated family members in the Family News Service programme. This is particularly important in prisons, boarders and big melas like Ganga Sagar Mela.
Community Health Awareness Campaigns
Red Cross conducts awareness campaigns for prevention of vector-borne diseases & other kind of diseases and similar social issues.
Observation of WHO & ICRC Recommend Special Days
Red Cross organizes seminars / workshops for observing Special Days on health related matters, recommended by World Health Organization e.g. World Aids Day, World Diabetes Day, World Cancer Day, World TB Day, World Heart Day etc.
Red Cross provides Ambulance services during medical emergencies.
First Aid Training
First Aid Training is imparted for capacity building to save life during "Golden Hour" in medical emergencies. This training is provided to Red Cross Volunteers, Public in general, students and youths.
Disaster Management Training
The training is imparted for capacity building for preparedness to face any kind of man-made or natural disasters.
Vocational Training is conducted training for self-help and empowerment of women.