19 August is World Humanitarian Day. As the world’s largest humanitarian network, World Humanitarian Day is an important moment for the IFRC to reflect on the lifesaving, life-changing work of our more than 16 million volunteers and staff.
In every corner of the globe, you’ll find a Red Cross or Red Crescent volunteer doing incredible things for their local community.
Whether they’re performing first aid or providing emergency medical services to people after disaster strikes.
Offering a friendly, listening ear to people struggling with their mental health.
Supporting people on the move to access vital humanitarian services along their journeys, so they are not alone.
Reuniting families with lost loved ones when separated by conflict or crisis.
Setting up early warning systems so communities know when hazards are approaching and how to stay safe.
Or cooking hot meals and setting up shelters for people who have lost their homes.
They are all dedicated to serving, supporting, and caring for communities.
In short: no matter the crisis, no matter how hard the challenge, no matter who needs help, and no matter where they are, our Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarians are there for communities.
Photo: Turkish Red Crescent
We give our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our volunteers and staff for making our world a better, safer and more united place.
Because in the face of rising disasters and challenges, the world needs humanitarians more than ever.
- Learn more about how you can become a humanitarian by volunteering for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
- Join in the conversation about World Humanitarian Day on social media by following us on X, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn using the hashtag #NoMatterWhat.
- Discover the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that guide our humanitarian work.