Health and care activities in the IFRC include first aid and emergency response as well as epidemic control, programmes in health promotion and prevention, addressing stigma, providing psychosocial care and enabling community empowerment.
We have seen major gains towards better global health over the last decade. Around the world, hundreds of thousands of Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers work in their communities promoting health, preventing diseases and demonstrating positive values thro
Every year, 60 million women give birth at home with no access to skilled care. More than 500,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth, 4 million newborn babies die every year before they are 1 month old, 3 million are stillborn. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) knows that the health of mothers and children play an integral part in...
The rapid spread and use of mobile technology throughout the world offers program managers and researchers new and exciting means of data collection. The time and monetary costs of data collection can be substantially reduced if mobile phone-based questionnaires are used in place of the traditional paper and pencil method that has been the best practice in surveys for decades. Over the past few...
Drug use is a public health issue with an impact on development and security. One of the top 20 risk factors to health globally, it is closely associated with HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, suicide, overdose death, and cardiovascular diseases. The continuing criminalization of drug use results in fostering the stigma associated with drug use, and generating multiple forms of discrimination and...
The safety and integrity of a nation’s blood supply is fundamental to the security of its health system. The IFRC supports the establishment of safe and sustainable blood systems, with a particular emphasis on voluntary non-remunerated blood donation.
The IFRC is one of the world’s leading first aid providers. First aid is a humanitarian act that should be accessible to all. With first aid skills volunteers and communities are empowered to save lives without discrimination.
Psychosocial support is an integral part of the IFRC’s emergency response. It helps individuals and communities to heal psychological wounds and rebuild social structures after an emergency or a critical event. It can help change people into active surviv
Community-based health and first aid trains and mobilizes volunteers to carry out activities in their community.
The community-based heath and first aid (CBHFA) approach is the Red Cross Red Crescent integrated primary health care approach to community health promotion. It aims to create healthy, resilient communities worldwide and is a vital part in IFRC`s Strategy 2020 and contributes to Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, 6 and 7. Mobilizing communities to improve development This approach comprises a...
Information about HIV/AIDS, malaria, measles, polio and pandemic influenza.
The lives and health of millions of people are affected by emergencies every year. The IFRC works to reduce illness and death and improve health and maintain human dignity during health emergencies.
Road accidents kill more than 1.3 million people, and between 20 and 50 million suffer non-fatal injuries worldwide every year.
The following publications are available to support the promotion of the Red Cross Red Crescent Health programmes.
Read the new health brochure
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 189 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright