Today is the 8th of May, a day that is celebrated every year all over the world as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. It was on this day that Henry Dunant, the founder of the largest humanitarian movement in the world- “the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement”, was born. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has a network that is often advertized as one of the largest networks in the world.
This year, the theme for World Red Cross Day 2019 is “Love.” The theme focuses on broadening people’s outlook of the society by highlighting diversity and universality of work and approach of the Red Cross.
189 National Societies With More Than 97 Million Staff And Volunteers
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The Red Cross has one of the biggest networks of volunteers in the world. And the best part is, they use this network to do maximum good in the Global Society. Red Cross is an active participant in a wide number of programs and services. One of the most important and common initiatives of the Red Cross is Natural Disaster Response. Not only the volunteers help and aide people across the world post-disaster, they also run several training drives to prepare people for such events. The organization is also knows for its blood donation drives and awareness related to it. The organization is also involved in the propagation of international humanitarian law wherever there is a need for intervention.
‘Prevention’ Over ‘Cure’
The organization strongly believes in the strength of “Prevention”. All the strategies and plans made by the organization are directed towards the overall prevention of problems. For example- The Red Cross once distributed 8.3 million insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets in Africa to prevent Malaria. The organization has made endless efforts into the spreading of awareness regarding diseases lie HIV, influenza, malaria, tuberculosis etc in order to entirely prevent these epidemics from happening. The organization has also arranged several food distribution as well as stationery distribution drives in backward areas of the world.
The Red Cross Has Won The Most Number Of Nobel Peace Prizes
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The organization has won three Nobel Peace Prizes, in 1917, 1944 and 1963 for its exemplary efforts in bringing aide for people in distress. While the 1917 prize was won in the midst of World War I, the Nobel Peace Prize of 1944 was won during the World War II. The third Nobel Peace Prize was won in the year 1963. Interestingly the organization shared this prize with the League of Red Cross Societies (now the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), which today overseas national associations in 187 countries.
The Red Cross plays a very important role in the Global Society and we must respect and extend our best wishes to its brave volunteers. The best we can do to honor their endeavors is spread as much love as possible!