For the first time in history, President of the Georgian Red Cross Natia Loladze has been elected Vice-President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
“This victory is a great honor for the Georgian Red Cross, as well as for Georgia as a whole. In addition, the Vice-Presidency opens a new window of opportunity, which will further strengthen the work of the world's largest humanitarian organization in Georgia,” Loladze suggested.
She vowed that she would do “everything in her power” to support the development and strengthening of Red Cross national societies.
Loladze's candidacy for the post was supported by the representation of 192 countries.
“Such a broad consensus and trust has been driven by the work done by the Georgian Red Cross over the years, which is a special case for a small country like Georgia,” said Loladze.
This was not the first international recognition for the Georgian Red Cross National Society.
In 2017, the Georgian Red Cross, for the first time in its 100-year history, became a member of the Red Cross and Red Crescent 20-member governing council.
Earlier this year, the Georgian Red Cross became a donor organization for the first time in its history, which was compounded by the fact that Georgia hosted the 11th European Regional Conference on the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Loladze started her activity in the Georgian National Red Cross Society in 2002, as a volunteer. After the 2008 war, she decided to end her career in the field of humanitarian work, and since then she has worked with members of the Georgian Red Cross on a daily basis to help people in need.
In 2017, under the leadership of Loladze, the Georgian National Red Cross Society became a member of the 20-member Red Cross and Red Crescent Governing Board. The list of works carried out by Loladze and the Georgian Red Cross is quite large, including cases such as the significant contribution made to the introduction of the vaccine in Georgia during the recent pandemic.