The Indian Red Cross's programmes are grouped into four main core areas: Promoting humanitarian principles and values; Disaster response; Disaster preparedness; and Health and Care in the Community.
Red Cross promotes the Humanitarian values , which encourage respect for other human beings and a willingness to work together to find solutions to problems. From the seven fundamental principles, the movement aims to influence the behaviour of all the people.
Disaster response continues to represent the largest portion of IRCS work, with assistance to millions of people annually ranging from refugees to victims of natural disasters.
The sharp increase in the number of natural disasters countrywide in recent years has prompted the Red Cross to devote more attention to Disaster preparedness activities. These aim to make Red Cross Societies and communities more aware of the risks they face, how to reduce their vulnerability, and how to cope when disaster strikes.
Too many people die as a result of no access to even the most basic health services and elementary health education. Health and community care has become a cornerstone of humanitarian assistance, and accounts for a large part of Red Cross spending. Through these programmes, the Red Cross aims to enable communities to reduce their vulnerability to disease, and prepare for and respond to public health crises.
Guiding and supporting the development of its Societies is one of the Red Cross's fundamental tasks and runs through these four core areas and others. Capacity building programmes and activities include : management and volunteer training, improving branch structures, planning, fund-raising and gender equality. creating the opportunity for Red Cross Societies to network .
Other Major activities includes : hospital services, blood bank, HIV/AIDS programmes ,vocational training centers, tracing activities, maternity , child and family welfare, nursing, junior red cross activities, preparedness and prevention of communicable & infectious diseases, relief operations in fire, railway & other accidents and events .
Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) was established in 1920 under the Indian Red Cross Society Parliament Act XV of 1920. The Act was last amended in 1992 and rules were framed in 1994.
The IRCS has 35 State / Union Territories Branches with more than 700 district and sub district branches.
Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu Branch derives its existence from the above IRCS Parliament Act XV of 1920.
The Governor of Tamil Nadu is the Patron-in-Chief of the IRCS –TN State Branch.
The State President is the nominee of the Governor of Tamil Nadu.
The State President shall nominate the Vice-President, the Chairman, the Secretary and the Treasurer.
The affairs of Tamil Nadu Branch is managed by the committee consisting of the above office-bearers on the advice of the General Committee, Executive Committee and the respective sub-committees.
The Secretary is at the helm of affairs of the Society.