The dedicated volunteers and employees in each Red Cross and Red Crescent national society work to meet the needs of vulnerable people, wherever they may be.
There are several services common to most national societies:
- Providing relief to disaster survivors
- Educating the public about how to prevent the spread of disease
- Helping communities prepare for emergencies, including providing first aid training
- Reconnecting families separated by disasters and conflict in coordination with the ICRC
- Promoting international humanitarian law
Because each Red Cross and Red Crescent society focuses on helping people within its borders, specific activities vary in response to local needs. The American Red Cross provides some services not offered by all of our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners:
- We provide nearly half of the nation’s blood supply.
- We also provide communications and comfort for members of the armed forces and their families.
At the same time, some Red Cross and Red Crescent societies provide services that are met by other groups in the United States. For example:
- The Palestine Red Crescent Society and Mexican Red Cross provide major medical care, operating hospitals and ambulances.
- The Norwegian and Italian Red Cross conduct search and rescue operations following emergencies.
- The Kenyan, Russian and Vietnam Red Cross provide care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS.