The recent award of the Henry Davison Award, one of the most distinguished humanitarian awards in the world to the Red Cross Society of China, represents a full recognition of the society's contribution to domestic and global development and progress, said Chen Zhu, president of the society.
He said the award recognizes the society's extraordinary efforts to aid China in battling the initial outbreak of COVID 19 and the implementation of regular novel coronavirus control measures.
In recent years, the Red Cross Society of China has played an important role in the strategic planning and regional development of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Chen Zhu, president of the Red Cross Society of China, is a member of the Red Cross Society of China.
The society has provided comprehensive antivirus equipment and other materials to members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and sent domestic experts to Iran, Iraq and Italy to help fight the disease, he said during a recent interview.
The society has provided anti-epidemic materials to more than 40 countries and launched a number of online seminars to share experiences.
It has provided 1.6 million COVID 19 vaccines to 12 countries and will provide five million more doses to 15 countries and regions in the near future, according to Chen.
The award was created by the IFRC in 2003 and named after its founder, Henry Davison.
The recipient of the award was the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, the Red Crescent Society of Iran and an outstanding volunteer recommended by the Somali Red Crescent Society.
More than 300 children with congenital heart disease from Afghanistan and Mongolia were able to receive treatment and surgeries in China from 2017 to 2019 thanks to the work of the Red Cross Society of China. The society has also given aid to people in Afghanistan and Ukraine in the past year.
In recent years, the Red Cross Society of China has played an important role in the strategic planning and regional development of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said Chen.
He said that the society plans to expand its number of volunteers and actively participate in tackling major challenges ranging from climate change to pollution.
He said that it will continue to care for vulnerable groups.