Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate to the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross?

At the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross headquarters on lower Old Parham Road or at the Barbuda Branch. Donations can be made by dropping off cash check or in-kind contributions at any of the above mentioned location.

Is the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross a NGO?

The between the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross and the Central government is unique. We are an independent entity that is organized and exists as a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable institution functioning as an auxiliary to the Central Government Primarily in health and Disaster granted to us by an act of Parliament.

How many times can you donate blood?

You must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood and 16 weeks (112 days) between Power Red donations. Platelet apheresis donors may give every 7 days up to 24 times per year. Regulations are different for those giving blood for themselves (autologous donors).

Is the Red Cross religious?

Religious neutrality.  And that is why we do not generally sell or display religious items, of any faith, in our shops. As an organisation, the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross cannot be seen to be religious or political because to do so might jeopardize the access we have to people in need.

What is the meaning of the Red Cross symbol?

The Red Cross is a symbol of humanitarian and medical aid, based on the international Red Cross organizations. It’s established internationally in the Geneva conventions to show medical personnel that are not military targets.

RED CROSS FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

In 1965, the seven Fundamental Principles were adopted by the 20th International Conference. They were developed to link together the International Committee, Federation and National Societies.

Our network is vast, but our approach is simple. All Red Cross programs and activities are guided by the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. These principles allow us to provide help immediately to whoever needs it, wherever they are, whatever their race, political beliefs, religion, social status, or culture.

Humanity

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

Impartiality

It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

Neutrality

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Independence

The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Voluntary Service

It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

Unity

There can only be one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is world-wide.