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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.