Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kemal Bolayır, a Faculty Member from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Cyprus International University (CIU) made statements about the North Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent due to the Red Crescent Week.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bolayır stated that the Red Crescent Week is celebrated every year between October 29th and November 4th and added that The Red Crescent regularly helps the people who are in need, supports people in disaster situations and contributes to the well-being and health of the society.
Bolayır highlighted that protecting the health of the community is among the tasks of the Red Crescent and that the Turkish Red Crescent, which provides state-supported efforts, is a charity established by volunteer workers to help the public.
Bolayır’s message also reminded that the Turkish Cypriot Red Crescent, formerly known as the Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent, was founded in 1975. It is a charity that was established with the basic principles of the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movements which are “humanity, impartiality, independence, charity and unity”.
It was pointed out that the Turkish Red Crescent, which was established for these purposes, is recognized by the World Red Cross and Red Crescent with its seven branches in the north of Cyprus and its headquarter in Nicosia.
Bolayır talked about the Red Crescent's job description and continued that they also share fundamental information with the public regarding basic first aid, first aid in animal and insect bites, and first aid in poisoning.
In addition, the organization provides aid for the Turkish Cypriot people during and after major disasters, fires and earthquakes by providing basic survival materials such as tents, food and clothing for the people in need.
It was mentioned that they especially support the low-income citizens for psychological relief and added the following: “Therefore, the society should be informed about the activities of the Red Crescent and be encouraged to support the association”.