With more than a century of experience, the American Red Cross works with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Our initiatives promote cost-effective, community-based programs while building the capacity of our partners to continue programs in the long-term.
Responding to Disasters
When disasters strike abroad, we provide technical support, relief supplies, and financial assistance to ensure rapid response and recovery. In times of crisis, families can become separated from each other, and many turn to the Red Cross for help. In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the American Red Cross searches for loved ones missing as a result of war, natural disaster or civil unrest.
Building Safer Communities
The American Red Cross helps build safer, more resilient communities around the world, reducing the devastating effects of disasters and health crises.
Responding to the increased frequency of disasters, global climate change and urbanization, we work with communities to build resiliency to future disasters, from training local first responders to helping mitigate common hazards.
We also work to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Through our participation in the Measles Initiative, we have helped to vaccinate more than 1 billion children, reducing measles deaths by 78% worldwide from 2001 to 2008. Through our global HIV programs, from 2004 to 2011 we helped more than 1.7 million people learn how to prevent HIV.
Educating Future Humanitarians
Humanitarian principles are at the core of the Red Cross mission, and continuing this work requires inspiring and engaging the next generation. Across the United States, American Red Cross chapters help both youth and adults understand international humanitarian law and its relevance to our daily lives.