About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network. Our secretariat supports local Red Cross and Red Crescent action in more than 192 countries, bringing together almost 14 million volunteers for the good of humanity.

The IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.

We are an international membership organization that unites 192 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and supports them through a global secretariat

We are present in virtually every community on earth. We reach 160 million people every year through long-term services, development programmes and disaster response. And we work to improve global humanitarian standards and persuade leaders to act in the interests of vulnerable people.

Our strength lies in our volunteer network, our unparalleled community-based expertise and our independence and neutrality.

We are committed to saving lives and changing minds. And we are guided by Strategy 2030—our collective plan of action to tackle the major humanitarian and development challenges of this decade.

Through our work we enable healthy and safe communities, reduce vulnerabilities, improve people’s resilience and promote peace around the world.

Discover more about our mission and learn about our current priorities in our Global Plan 2021.

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Key figures

192 member National Societies

We are made up of 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, present in nearly every country on earth.

Nearly 14 million volunteers worldwide

Our volunteers are members of the very communities they serve. They know, and are trusted by, the people they support.

Over 160,000 local branches

We engage in local action for global good. Through our expansive network of branches, we support even the remotest of communities.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Colleagues from the IFRC, ICRC and South Sudan Red Cross work together to respond to the needs of thousands of vulnerable communities across the country.

Colleagues from the IFRC, ICRC and South Sudan Red Cross work together to respond to the needs of thousands of vulnerable communities across the country.

Photo: IFRC/Corrie Butler

The IFRC, together with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), make up the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

We work closely together and coordinate our work in line with our Fundamental Principles to reach people and communities that others are unable to.

Learn more about our Movement.