Everyone, everywhere has the right to good health. Within their communities, our millions of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are working hard to promote good health, prevent disease, and reduce suffering.
Through our community health work, the IFRC and our 192 National Societies are closing the gap in global health care service delivery and contributing to the universal health coverage agenda.
As members of the communities they serve, our volunteers and staff are uniquely placed to understand and respond to community health needs, risks and inequalities. Their permanent presence means they are trusted by the people they support and can promote healthy communities before, during and after crises.
Crucially, we work to improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of communities and individuals throughout their entire lifetime—from maternal and child health projects right through to supporting healthy ageing.
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Care in Communities
Through our Care in Communities programme, we’re training community-based health workers and volunteers to deliver essential community health services. In doing so, we are addressing the global shortage of health care workers and contributing to the universal health coverage (UHC) agenda.
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease transmitted by mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria kills more than 400,000 people every year. Pregnant women and children are at highest risk, with an estimated two thirds of malaria deaths among children under the age of five.