Indonesian Red Cross Society

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Indonesian Red Cross Society
Palang Merah Indonesia
Indonesian Red Cross Society logo
Indonesian Red Cross Society logo
Formation17 September 1945; 74 years ago (1945-09-17)
Legal statusFoundation
Region served
Official language
Jusuf Kalla
105 staff, including 17 expatriatesa
RemarksaFrom ICRC website[1]

The Indonesian Red Cross Society (Indonesian: Palang Merah Indonesia) is a humanitarian organization in Indonesia. It is a member of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Indonesia is the one of the very few Muslim-majority countries to use the Red Cross as its symbol. Because Indonesia is neither a strictly faith-based nor secular nation, it has chosen to use the Red Cross as its symbol.[2]

In mid-2013, the Indonesian Red Cross Society had 32,568 people in its Volunteer Corps, 19,294 Individual Volunteers and 893,381 Blood Donor Volunteers, for a total of 945,243 persons, which is recorded as the highest number of volunteers in the world.[3]


The IRCS was created on 17 September 1945, exactly one month after Indonesia's independence.[4] President Sukarno ordered its inception when a battle between Indonesian soldiers and allied troops broke out, leaving many wounded, on 3 September 1945.[4] Based on the performance, IRCS received an international recognition in 1950 that it was accepted as a member of the International Red Cross and achieved its legal status through Presidential Decree Number 25 of 1959, which was later reinforced by Presidential Decree Number 245 of 1963.[4]


The IRCS central headquarters is located at Jl. Jenderal Gatot Soebroto Kav. 96, Jakarta.[5]

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  2. ^ "Indonesian Red Cross Refuses to Change Its Logo", The Jakarta Globe, 26 February 2012
  3. ^ "PMI Bina dan Kembangkan Relawan melalui Temu Karya Nasional". Indonesian Red Cross Society. 13 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "History". Indonesian Red Cross Society.
  5. ^ "Contact". Indonesian Red Cross Society.

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