Global Health Security

In a safe and secure world, people anticipate, respond to, and quickly recover from crisis, lead safe, healthy and dignified lives, and have ample opportunities to thrive.

The IFRC promotes community action to strengthen resilience, reduce risks and better prepare for disasters and crises such as natural hazards, epidemics, technological accidents, or population movement. The multi-hazard approach is pivotal for managing risks that are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change, urbanisation, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Our National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies are present before, during and after a crisis. As part of the communities they serve, they are able to engage their communities fully. They are the trusted partner of choice for local humanitarian action within a global network. Through their branches, the National Societies support communities in preventing and controlling diseases, reducing disaster risk, establishing early warning and early action mechanisms, maintaining readiness for various emergencies, and helping communities respond to them.