Indonesian Red Cross Society

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Indonesian Red Cross Society
Palang Merah Indonesia
Formation17 September 1945; 77 years ago (1945-09-17)
TypeNon-governmental organization
Legal statusFoundation
Region served
Official language
Jusuf Kalla
105 staff, including 17 expatriates

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. Indonesia is neither a strictly faith-based nor secular nation.[1]

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.[2]


The IRCS was created on 17 September 1945, exactly one month after Indonesia's independence.[3] President Sukarno ordered its inception when a battle between Indonesian soldiers and allied troops broke out, leaving many wounded, on 3 September 1945.[3] 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.[3]


The IRCS central headquarters is located at Jl. Jenderal Gatot Soebroto Kav. 96, Jakarta.[4]


  1. Mohammad Hatta (1945–1946)
  2. Mas Sutardjo Kertohadikusumo (1946–1948)
  3. Bendoro Pangeran Haryo (BPH) Bintoro (1948–1952)
  4. Bahder Djohan (1952–1954)
  5. Paku Alam VIII (1954–1966)
  6. Basuki Rahmat (1966–1969)
  7. Satrio (1970–1982)
  8. Suyoso Sumodimejo (1982–1986)
  9. Ibnu Sutowo (1986–1992)
  10. Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana (1992–1998)
  11. Mar'ie Muhammad (1998–2009)
  12. Jusuf Kalla (2009–present)

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  1. ^ Mathias Hariyadi (27 February 2012). "Indonesian Red Cross does not give in to Islamist, cross remains in logo". AsiaNews.
  2. ^ "PMI Bina dan Kembangkan Relawan melalui Temu Karya Nasional". Indonesian Red Cross Society. 13 June 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "History" Archived 4 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Indonesian Red Cross Society.
  4. ^ "Contact" Archived 2 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Indonesian Red Cross Society.

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