International Red Cross Agencies from all over the world bringing hope to communities in desperate need, and of bringing the voices of the world’s most vulnerable people to the highest levels of government and international diplomacy. They also have advocated for peace and dignity in every country in the world for a century, and will always be there to provide support before, during and after a disaster or crisis.
On 5th May 1919, the League of Red Cross Societies was created in Paris. From the ruins of the First World War, five founding national Red Cross societies – those of France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States – launched the huge but simple idea that the great body of Red Cross compassion and expertise that had already been shown in war, could be shown in peace-time too.
The League was the brainchild of an American banker, Henry Pomeroy Davison, who had headed the American Red Cross War Committee. It took him less than six months – from the genesis of his idea in December 2018 – to turn it into reality. Today, we celebrate his and all his colleagues’ passion, vision and determination.
Within months, the League had launched a campaign to counter a massive typhus epidemic in Eastern Europe. Soon after, it launched appeals in the wake of the Russian famine of 1921, and the great Kanto earthquake in Japan in 1923.
So began the extraordinary story of the world’s largest humanitarian network, which has launched over 2,300 appeals in its first century.
In 1983, the League of Red Cross Societies became the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and then – in 1991 – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC.
The Federation now numbers 190 National Societies worldwide, operating through some 166,000 branches, and nearly 14 million volunteers. Its sole purpose is to help people in need, without fear or favour. It responds to and prepares for disaster, it brings health services to local communities, it lobbies for best humanitarian practice, it ensures the dignity of people on the move. And much, much more.
A 100-year anniversary is a chance to reflect, and to refresh.
In celebrating the past, it looks to the future in a fast-changing world of unprecedented humanitarian need. Its task is to strengthen its membership, and to empower it – its staff and volunteers – to continue to serve the most vulnerable people. It always seeks to do good better, and is currently debating its Strategy 2030, which will pilot its work over the next decade.
The IFRC is a truly global and yet a truly local organisation, the embodiment of the most durable form of multilateralism, which is local humanitarian action.
It’s there before, during and after crisis. It’s fundamentally a part of the communities it serves. It walks ‘the last mile’, to meet the hardest to reach. It’s everywhere for everyone: preserving their dignity, and living out our collective humanity. It’s 100 years old today.
Elhadj As Sy
Secretary General, IFRC
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ICRC headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland) supports their delegations around the world. Geneva also manages the ICRC’s role of advocate and defender of IHL, dealing with governments and with partners in the humanitarian community. Headquarters manages funding appeals, human resources and global communications.
The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.
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International Red Cross Museum and Red Crescent(Geneve, Switzerland)-Free entrance on the first Saturday of the month
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, and a three-time Nobel Prize Laureate.
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It’s about the life-saving and life-changing work of 13.7 million dedicated volunteers worldwide, and the comfort and support they bring to communities large and small every day. It’s about the power of humanity and how our principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence are every bit as relevant today as they were in 1919.
The story of IFRC is one of solidarity
The five founding National Red Cross Societies – France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and the United States – understood the power of partnership and knew that many more lives could be saved and improved by working together, sharing knowledge and resources. We have achieved this milestone together, and we will face and overcome the challenges of the coming years and decades together.
In 2019, we are celebrating 100 years of bringing hope to communities in desperate need, and of bringing the voices of the world’s most vulnerable people to the highest levels of government and international diplomacy. We have advocated for peace and dignity in every country in the world for a century, and will always be there to provide support before, during and after a disaster or crisis.
100 years of service for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Red Cross launches “#Ambulance!” – a new online course for emergency care crews from around the world on staying safe
Hundreds of ambulance and other pre-hospital emergency care workers logged on this week to begin a new month-long digital course, #Ambulance!, on ways to carry out their critical work safely in dangerous and risky settings.
The coursework and its live-learning platform was designed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s Health Care in Danger initiative, in partnership with the Geneva Learning Foundation.
Nearly 800 people from 75 countries signed up for the course, about half from Latin American countries and the rest from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and other parts of the Americas.
“Around the world, every day, emergency health crews work to save lives in the midst of armed conflict, street violence, social unrest and other high risk situations and face direct attacks, obstruction, banditry and other threats,” explains Panu Saaristo, Emergency Health Team Leader with IFRC.
“Our course is an opportunity for ambulance and other pre-hospital emergency care workers to share experiences and learn about smart practices, so that they can do their jobs as safely as possible and still access people in need.”
Led by a team of global experts and practitioners who focus on protecting ambulance and other emergency health workers, the course includes live online classes and discussions and home-based work relating to emergency care delivery in violent and complex settings, problem solving and best practices.
Participants were recruited by Red Cross and Red Crescent teams around the world and via Facebook and Twitter.
“Most paramedics are not trained on what to do when their vehicle is being shot at or obstructed,” Panu adds. “Through this course, we think ambulance workers responding to drug-war bloodshed in Chihuahua, Mexico and emergency crews skirting bombs to save lives in Aleppo, Syria can learn much from each other’s experiences.”
This pilot course will be reviewed, adapted and offered again in the months to come. More details are available at http://learning.foundation/ambulance/ and by following @Ambulance-risk.
Humanitare Stiftung SRK
The SRC is a member of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent .
Swiss Red Cross
No other relief organization combines such a wide variety of strengths in the health, integration and rescue sectors as the Swiss Red Cross. The SRC Group comprises 24 cantonal associations along with five rescue organizations, two institutions, and SRC Headquarters. The SRC is a member of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement, which comprises the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Providing greater humanity – the aim of the Swiss Red Cross
Mission – Objectives
We at the Swiss Red Cross strive to prevent or alleviate human suffering in Switzerland and other countries. We protect human health, lives and dignity. And we foster their ability to help themselves and others.
Fundamental Principles – Integration – Mission
We are a part of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement and act in accordance with its seven Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. We help particularly vulnerable and underprivileged individuals and groups because everyone has the same rights and is entitled to their place in society.
Promotion – values
We teach humanitarian values to people from all generations and sectors of society. We promote the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and bring them to life thereby contributing to a respectful, peaceful coexistence.
Services – use of resources
As an organization we are committed and future-oriented. Diversity in unity and collaboration are our strengths. We carry out our activities with high quality standards and use the resources entrusted to us responsibly and cost-consciously. In this way, we do the greatest humanitarian good.
Volunteers – staff
As volunteers, honorary position-holders and staff members, we do our work in favour of the most vulnerable and underprivileged with the utmost commitment and we are ambassadors of the Swiss Red Cross. We provide modern terms of employment and working environment and promote the recognition of voluntary work in society.
Relations with Federal authorities – collaboration
We are recognized by the Federal government as the only Red Cross Society of Switzerland and in fulfilling our humanitarian work we are an active and independent partner of the authorities at all levels. We work in partnership with the members of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement and other social and humanitarian organizations.
Humanitäre Stiftung SRK
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