The Red Crescent of Saudi Arabia (the Muslim equivalent of the Red Cross) was founded in 1963. It provides emergency medical services in five administrative regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. By 2000, the Society had 177 First Aid Centers, run by 3,507 staff, with 617 ambulances.
The Red Crescent has a particular role to play during Hajj (the annual pilgrimage to the Holy City of Makkah), providing on-the-spot first aid and using its fleet of vehicles (760 in 1991) to take emergency cases to the nearest medical facility.
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