Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Welcome to the History Section

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world's largest humanitarian network, with a presence and activities in almost every country.

The Movement incorporates the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the International Federation), as well as National Societies in 186 countries.

With a vibrant and varied history, from its birth in the aftermath of battle in 1859 and the vision of founder Henry Dunant and four other men, through two world wars and up to today, the Movement is widely acknowledged as an unstoppable force for help and compassion.

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The History Section of the site presents a brief history of the Movement, important events of the 20th century and the people who have made it what it is today - an organisation with 115 million volunteers!