The Health Department of the Pakistan Red Crescent was established as early as the establishment of the PRC. Presently, the PRC Health Department runs 104 health centres. 69 Health Centres are supported by the PRC provincial branches. The remaining 35 Health Centres are supported by the NHQ through funding received from the Movement Partners.
The PRC is seen as a pioneer and a leader in transfusion medicine and research; it has provided generations of Pakistanis with blood products that are safe and reliable. It also has extensive Ambulance Services and First Aid Services.
The PRC has also been developing long-term programming such as HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness program and Community Base Health and First Aid. It also conducts regular health awareness training on various issues of public health priority.
In addition to the above-mentioned programs, the PRC Health Department has developed its capacity to respond effectively to health emergencies at the national level.
Since the 2005 earthquake operation, the PRC health team has built up emergency health stocks besides developing its capacity to effectively respond to natural and man-made disasters, disease outbreaks etc.
The PRC Health and Care Strategy 2011-2015 describes three situational settings for health interventions; emergency health situations, peace time/normal circumstances and disaster situations.
- Provision of curative and preventive health services
- Decrease morbidity and mortality
- Free of cost consultancy and medicine
- Working in close coordination with the Pakistan Army and local government