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The American Red Cross extends its humanitarian mission beyond our community in partnership with the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the globe. Our nearly 100 international programs span from Colombia to China and from Tanzania to Thailand.

With more than 97 million volunteers, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned and well equipped to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Currently, the American Red Cross supports international programs in the priority areas described below.


International Disaster Relief

Global trends – rapid population growth, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change – have caused an increase in the severity of natural disasters. Sadly, countries facing the greatest risk are often the least able to cope with the effects of disaster.

The American Red Cross helps vulnerable people around the world prepare for and respond to emergencies. When disaster strikes and a Red Cross or Red Crescent society in another country requests assistance, the American Red Cross can respond by deploying skilled people, mobilizing relief supplies or providing financial assistance.  Learn More..


Preventing Diseases

Each year millions of vulnerable people, especially children, die from easily preventable diseases. The American Red Cross global health programs combat some of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases: measles, malaria and HIV/AIDS.


Partnering with local Red Cross volunteers, who are already working in the world’s poorest regions, the American Red Cross helps families access health prevention programs, such as vaccination campaigns, distribution of bed nets against malaria and HIV/AIDS peer education.   Learn More...


International Tracing

The Red Cross helps reconnect families separated internationally by war or disaster.  When families have nowhere else to turn, the Red Cross assists by delivering family news in refugee camps, informing relatives of their loved one’s fate and locating family members in the aftermath of disaster.


As with all other Red Cross international services, this assistance is free of charge. Learn more...



International Humanitarian Law

Since the first Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, the global community has recognized the need for rules, or international humanitarian law, to guide the conduct of warfare and protect the vulnerable.  While news coverage offers a wealth of information on recurring violence, armed conflicts and wars, few people know that even wars have limits. 


A sound knowledge of the rules found in the Geneva Conventions is essential to reduce human suffering caused by armed conflict. Accordingly, as a part of our mission, the American Red Cross educates the public about international humanitarian law and universal standards of human dignity.  Learn More...

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