Millions of Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers around the world work to promote health, prevent disease, and alleviate suffering in their communities. The IFRC and its 192 National Societies privilege an approach that puts communities at the centre. As members of the communities they serve, National Society volunteers and staff are best placed to understand and deliver on the health and care needs of their communities. Through this, we lead efforts to close the gap in healthcare service delivery around the world and contribute to the universal health coverage and sustainable development agendas.
Over one billion people cannot use the health services that they need because they are either unavailable or unaffordable. Red Cross Red Crescent Care in the Communities (CIC) is an adaptable, evidence-based, and sustainable approach to the current challenges faced in health care service delivery around the world.
Community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) is the Red Cross Red Crescent approach to empower communities and their volunteers to take charge of their health. By using simple tools which are adapted to the local context, communi- ties can be mobilized to address priority health needs.
Older people remain one of the most vulnerable and excluded groups in society. National Societies have several ongoing programs and services for older people that foster healthy ageing and promote intergenerational solidarity.
Four types of non-communicable diseases account for over two thirds of all deaths globally, yet these illnesses are largely preventable. IFRC, with the support of partners, has been addressing NCDs at community, national, and global levels.
The IFRC and its 192 National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies are the world’s leading providers and trainers of first aid.
Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs is an integral part of the IFRC’s objective to prevent and alleviate human suffering and protect life, health, and dignity.