Red Cross respond as monsoon floods and landslides wreak havoc in Sri Lanka

In the past 72 hours, parts of Sri Lanka have been reeling from the impact of severe weather caused by the intensifying southwest monsoon.

Red Crescent provide first aid and psychosocial support in wake of Egypt bus attack

Following today’s gun attack on a bus in Egypt’s southern Minya Governorate in which dozens were killed and injured, Egyptian Red Crescent Society have deployed teams of trained volunteers to provide assistance to survivors.

Photo exhibition in Moscow honored the history of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

An aviator nurse from the Second World War, a rescue team looking for earthquake survivors and cancer screening in Chernobyl are just some examples of rare photos on show in Moscow this month.

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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

8 May 2017

While you may know the Red Cross and Red Crescent for blood donations, disaster response or first aid training, did you know we’re also involved in milking snakes, making people laugh, and starting football teams. We even have four legged volunteers spreading joy in the UK!

Coming events: World Blood Donor Day – 14 June. World Refugee Day – 20 June.

Annual Report

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The image of young Alan Al-Kurdi, dead after the boat carrying him and his family sank en route to Greece, shocked the world. It brought attention to the migration crisis on the shores of Europe, cutting through – at least for a time – the divisive rhetoric that had masked this humanitarian tragedy.

It served as a reminder of how deeply interconnected we are and of how suffering in one country or one region can have ramifications across the globe. It called to our collective humanity, to our shared decency.


Our impact

160.7 million
people reached with long-term services and development programmes
110 million
people reached with disaster response and early recovery programmes
4.5 million
people reached with emergency response or temporary shelter
9.1 million
people reached with vital food support in the last year

About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.

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