Red Cross engages young talented students

10 March 2020

Red Cross engages young talented students of Breda University of Applied Sciences to improve aid efforts

Today a cooperation agreement was signed between the Red Cross, Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) and Logistics Community Brabant (LCB).

The Red Cross is seeking cooperation with the knowledge institutions to involve more young people in its organisation. Over the next two years, the cooperation agreement will provide the Red Cross with young talented students who will contribute ideas and assistance to improve and innovate Red Cross services. The cooperation project will start in the Red Cross district of Midden West Brabant, after which it will be rolled out across other regions.

The Rode Cross, BUas and LCB have been working together for some time on various topics. BUas student Mehjid Sultan, who came to Brabant as a refugee at the age of twelve, did research into the Red Cross’ fleet of vehicles. During his difficult time in Afghanistan, Mehjid was introduced to the work of the Red Cross. That is why it was a great pleasure for him to be able to do something in return for the organisation through his placement. As result of the signed agreement, further optimisation is now also being considered in terms of logistics business processes relating to the facilities, vehicles and warehouses of the Red Cross.

Debby Dermout, academy director of Built Environment & Logistics, Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas): “In the past placement period, our student already did research into the use of the current fleet of vehicles in the district of Midden West Brabant. As a result of his report, several changes were made immediately, and there is still more to come.”

Previous LCB research carried out by BUas students already showed that a lot of excess medication is not being returned properly. It is often flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash. This is a major source of environmental pollution, but also a huge waste of healthcare money. The Dutch public’s willingness to return unused medicines was recently increased by means of extra return points and an awareness campaign. Follow-up research will be conducted to examine if medication just returned can be reused responsibly within national or international networks. In this respect, the network and knowledge of the Red Cross can make a substantial contribution. 

Leo Kemps, director of Logistics Community Brabant (LCB): “On the part of LCB, cooperation with the Red Cross can be optimised further, because – in addition to BUas students – we have access to students of Eindhoven University of Technology, Tilburg University and the Netherlands Defence Academy, in placement and graduation contexts, at higher professional as well as university level.”

Placement students, graduate students and project groups in this cooperative arrangement will help the Red Cross in its missions. For students it is also a wonderful opportunity to learn and work in one of the most appealing organisations of the Netherlands.

Joke van Lonkhuijzen – Hoekstra, Director of Nationale Hulp & Verenigingsmanagement, Dutch Red Cross: “We think it’s great to give young people a chance to further develop their talents with us, and we love to be challenged with new ideas and a different approach. We’ll be better together!”