Red Cross is a humanitarian movement founded in 1863 by Henry Dunant to protect human life and health to ensure respect for all human beings. Three organizations were founded with common objectives, principles, symbols and statutes that are basically independent of each other. These are the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the National Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies. The headquarters of the Red Cross is located in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The Red Cross was founded with a strong mission and vision which made this organization one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations.

Red Cross Mission Statement

The Mission statement of the Red Cross is “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​”

Red Cross Vision Statement

The Vision statement of the Red Cross is “The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that…

…all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

…our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

…everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

…all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

…in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.”

Values of Red Cross

  • Humaninity
  • Impartiality
  • Neutrality
  • Independence
  • Voluntary service
  • Unity
  • Universality

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