Who We Are?


The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

Founded in 1919, the International Federation comprises 186 member Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities, a Secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. The are more National Societies in formation. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.



The Federation's vision:


We strive, through

voluntary action, for a

world of empowered

communities, better able to

address human suffering

and crises with hope,

respect for dignity and a

concern for equity



The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Vulnerable people are those who are

at great risk from situations that threaten their survival, or their capacity to live with an acceptable level

of social and economic security and human dignity. Often, these are victims of natural disasters, poverty brought about by socio-economic crises, refugees, and victims od health emergencies.

By mobilizing the power of humanity. with the application of the Fundamental Principals of the Red Cross/Red Cerscent while focussing on four coure areas of programming.


The Guyana Red Cross Society was Established in 1948 as a branch of the Bristish Red Cross and in 1967 after

Guyana gained its independence the name changed from the Bristish Red Cross to the Guyana red Cross Society- (Act No. 25 of 1967). And It's 63 Years since the Red Cross has been Established in Guyana.


The aim of the Guyana Red Cross is to influence the behavoiur of the people we work with, through a better understanding of the fundamental Principals and Humanitarian values.

The three main target groups are those working within Red Cross Red Cerscent Societies, public and private authorities, and members of the communities where we work.


Brief History


  Prior to the nineteenth century, the symbols uset to identify armed forces' medical servicess varied according

  to their country or origin.   The symbols were not generally well known, were rarely respected and were not entitled   to any form of legal protection.



   1859     On 24 June 1859, the war of Italian Unification was raging. Henry

                 Dunant, a Swiss citizen, was on a private trip that took him to the

                 town of Solferino.    There, he witnessed the misery of more than

                 45,000 abandoned, dead or wounded in the battle field.


                Back in Geneva, Henry Dunant started wiring a book proposing

                drastic improvements in the assistance afforded to war victims.


   1862    In 1862 the book was published, "Memory of Solferino", putting

                foward two proposals:.


                • To set up in peacetime and in every country volunteer groups

                to take care of casualities in war time.


                • To get countries to agree to protect first aid volunteers and

                the wounded on the battlefields.



   1863    On 17 Feburary 1863,a five member committee met to

                discuss Dunant's proposals. One of the main objectives was

                to adopt a single distinctive symbol backed by the law to

                indicate respect for army medical services, volunteers with

                first aid socities and victims of armed conflict. The symbol

                needed to be simple, identifiable from a distance, known to

                everyone and identical for friend or foe. The emblem had to

                be the same for everyone and universally recognizable.



                On 26 October 1863, the first International Conference was

                Convened where it adopted the red cross on a white back-

                background as the distinctive emblem.



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