Youth Red Cross

The Indian Red Cross Society was born in 1920. The Indian Red Cross's programmes are grouped into four main core areas: Promoting humanitarian principles and values; disaster response; disaster preparedness; and health and care in the community. Red Cross promotes the humanitarian values, which encourage respect for other human beings and a willingness to work together to find solutions to problems. Disaster response continues to represent the largest portion of our work, with assistance to millions of people annually ranging from refugees to victims of natural disasters. Disaster preparedness activities aim to make Red Cross Societies and communities more aware of the risks they face, how to reduce their vulnerability, and how to cope when disaster strikes. Health and community care has become a cornerstone of humanitarian assistance, and accounts for a large part of Red Cross spending. Through these programmes, the Red Cross aims to enable communities to reduce their vulnerability to disease, and prepare for and respond to public health crises. Creating the opportunity for Red Cross Societies to network and work together is one of the Red Cross's key roles.