International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement
The Irish Red Cross is part of the largest global network of voluntary humanitarian action in the world - the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement - which has a national organisation in nearly every country in the world - some 189 Red Cross or Red Crescent societies in total.
The Red Cross movement is made up of three separate but interlinking ‘bodies’:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The IFRC is the umbrella body for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' programmes are grouped into four main core areas: promoting humanitarian principles and values; disaster response; disaster preparedness; and health and care in the community.
National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide
National Societies act as auxiliaries to the public authorities of their own countries in the humanitarian field and provide a range of services including disaster relief, health and Social programmes, and assistance to people affected by war.
Together, the National Societies have 97 million members and volunteers, and 300,000 employees, assisting some 233 million beneficiaries each year.
The International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance during international wars and civil conflicts for civilians, prisoners of war and the wounded in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.