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  • Health

    The goal of ICRC’s Health Unit activities is to give people affected by conflict access to basic preventive and curative health care that meets universally recognized standards. To this end, it assists – or may

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Health in prisons

    The ICRC is concerned with the welfare of anyone detained in connection with armed conflicts or internal disturbances that require intervention by a neutral organization. Its objective is to ensure acceptable

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Primary health care

    The ICRC and its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners intervene in conflict situations to maintain essential health care services for the affected population, as far as possible by supporting local structures

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Overview: mine action

    Even after a conflict ends, mines and such ‘explosive remnants of war’ as unexploded bombs, shells and cluster-munition bomblets continue to kill and maim. This deadly problem has a name: weapon contamination

    • 2012-03-01
    • Overview
  • Relations between the ICRC and the private sector

    The section on private sector relations explains the principles that guide the ICRC's relations with the private sector, relations that aim to promote humanitarian principles with companies operating in war

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Reuniting families separated by conflict and disasters

    Conflict and disasters leave more than physical wounds: in the turmoil, panic and terror, family members can be separated in minutes, sometimes leading to long years of anguish and uncertainty about the fate of

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Respect for the life and dignity of the detainees

    Through the Geneva Conventions, the international community has mandated the ICRC to visit both prisoners of war and civilians interned during armed conflict. Wherever possible, the ICRC also visits people

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Water and habitat

    Each year, armed conflict disrupts millions of lives. The ICRC’s water and habitat activities ensure that people in conflict zones have access to water and create or maintain a sustainable living environment

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Burundi

    In Burundi the ICRC rehabilitates water and sanitation systems for vulnerable groups, restores family links and reunites families separated by conflict. It also works with prison authorities to ensure that

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Yaoundé

    The ICRC regional delegation for Central Africa, based since 1992 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, promotes the implementation of international humanitarian law in Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic

    • 2013-04-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Côte d'Ivoire

    The ICRC delegation in Abidjan covers Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Togo. It helps displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire and Malian refugees in Burkina Faso. In all the countries covered, the ICRC

    • 2012-07-16
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Antananarivo

    The ICRC has been in working in Madagascar since 2002. In 2011 the ICRC opened a regional delegation for the Indian Ocean, covering the four island States of Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles

    • 2013-08-20
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation for Mali and Niger

    In Niger, the ICRC works mainly to relieve the effects of chronic food crises in areas previously affected by armed violence and inter-communal tensions. In Mali, the ICRC brings aid to people suffering the

    • 2013-02-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Niger

    In Niger, the ICRC is helping people who have fled conflict in Mali, Nigeria and Libya, and residents who are suffering the consequences of these same conflicts. We are also aiding the victims of climate in

    • 2013-12-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Somalia

    In Somalia, the ICRC, in close partnership with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS), responds to the needs conflict victims, often aggravated by natural disasters. It provides emergency assistance, long-term

    • 2013-08-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in South Sudan

    In South Sudan, the ICRC works to prevent violations of international humanitarian law and supports hospital and physical-rehabilitation services. The organization helps conflict-affected communities to survive

    • 2013-02-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Tunis

    The Tunis regional delegation covers Tunisia and Morocco/Western Sahara. Its main activities are visits to detainees in Tunisia, dealing with the humanitarian consequences of the Western Sahara conflict

    • 2013-08-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Uganda

    The ICRC in Uganda focuses on activities in favour of refugees and detainees, ensuring access to water and sanitation (in collaboration with the Uganda Red Cross Society— URCS) and supporting the integration

    • 2012-05-23
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Harare

    The Harare regional delegation covers Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has existed in its current form since 1981, although the ICRC has been active in southern Africa since 1959, protecting

    • 2013-04-11
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Haiti

    The Port-au-Prince delegation covers Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In Haiti, its main humanitarian activities are visiting detainees and aiding the Haitian Red Cross and other Movement partners in the safe

    • 2012-11-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Lima

    The regional delegation in Lima coordinates the ICRC's activities in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. It closely monitors the humanitarian consequences of past and present conflicts in the region, visits detainees

    • 2012-10-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Afghanistan

    The ICRC’s delegation in Kabul was established in 1987, after eight years working in Pakistan for victims of the Afghan conflict. The operational focus is on monitoring the conduct of hostilities and working to

    • 2014-01-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Australia

    The ICRC Australia Mission works to foster support for the ICRC's global operations and to promote international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles. The ICRC’s presence in Australia

    • 2013-10-21
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Bangladesh

    In Bangladesh, the ICRC seeks to protect and assist people affected by collective and organized armed violence. It promotes awareness and implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) among authorities

    • 2012-09-25
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in New Delhi

    The ICRC worked in India at the time of partition (1947-1948) and in the conflicts between India and Pakistan (1965 and 1971). We established a regional delegation in New Delhi in 1982, today covering India

    • 2013-10-02
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Myanmar

    The ICRC works with the Myanmar Red Cross Society to provide basic but vital assistance to people affected by inter-communal violence in Rakhine State. Following a successful pilot visit in January 2013, the

    • 2013-02-18
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Nepal

    Since the end of Nepal’s armed conflict in 2006, the ICRC has been addressing the humanitarian consequences of the conflict and helping people affected by recurrent unrest. We help the Nepal Red Cross Society

    • 2014-03-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in the Philippines

    The ICRC established a permanent presence in the Philippines in 1982, although the organization had been active in the country since 1959. The ICRC delegation in Manila currently focuses its humanitarian

    • 2014-02-20
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Armenia

    In Armenia, the ICRC focuses on helping missing persons and their families, mine victims and the communities living along the international border with Azerbaijan. The organization also visits detainees held

    • 2012-06-07
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Azerbaijan

    In Azerbaijan the ICRC focuses on missing persons and on detainees held for conflict-related or security reasons, or who are otherwise vulnerable. It provides health support, particularly as regards

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • The ICRC delegation in Brussels

    The ICRC delegation in Brussels covers the European Union, NATO, certain European armed forces and Belgium. It also supports ICRC headquarters in its dialogue with the Council of Europe and the OSCE. The

    • 2014-02-03
    • Overview
  • The ICRC delegation in Paris

    The Paris delegation promotes IHL and facilitates ICRC operations through humanitarian diplomacy in the form of dialogue with government, military and diplomatic officials. Its international role makes France

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Georgia

    The ICRC's Georgia delegation focuses on restoring family links, clarifying the fate of missing persons and supporting their families, helping people affected by the administrative boundary lines, improving

    • 2014-03-26
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Kyrgyzstan

    The ICRC delegation in Kyrgyzstan assists victims of violence and visits detainees. It promotes international humanitarian law (IHL) and other relevant bodies of law and their integration into: national

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in the Western Balkans

    In Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, the ICRC focuses on supporting efforts to trace missing persons and helping their families

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • ICRC headquarters, Geneva

    ICRC headquarters in Geneva supports the delegations that carry out our humanitarian work from around 80 delegations worldwide. Geneva also manages the ICRC's role of advocate and defender of international

    • 2012-06-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC mission in Ankara

    The primary role of the ICRC's mission in Ankara is to support the ICRC's protection work in Iraq. However, the ICRC also conducts activities within Turkey, focusing on the promotion of IHL and cooperation with

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

    Since 1992, the ICRC has been supporting the authorities in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in promoting IHL and other humanitarian norms and their integration into national legislation

    • 2013-06-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Egypt

    The ICRC’s long-established delegation in Egypt builds on the country’s unique position in the Arab world to promote respect for international humanitarian law and its national implementation in the 22 member

    • 2012-03-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Iraq

    The ICRC has been in Iraq since 1980, addressing the consequences of violence and conflict. It visits detainees and enables them to maintain contact with their families, helps vulnerable groups, improves access

    • 2014-02-12
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Israel and the occupied territories

    The ICRC started work in Israel and the occupied territories in 1948, following the first Israeli-Arab conflict. Its presence became permanent in the aftermath of the 1967 war. The ICRC repeatedly reminds

    • 2012-03-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Jordan

    The ICRC in Jordan focuses on monitoring the treatment and living conditions of detainees, restoring and maintaining family links disrupted by conflict, promoting international humanitarian law (IHL) and

    • 2011-06-01
    • Overview
  • Funds and medals

    The ICRC administers a number of funds established over the past century by special donations from individuals or organisations. These have various aims: to help promote and develop the activities of the Red

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • 1919-1938: consolidation among crises

    The carnage of 1914-18 should have made this conflict the last. The public was horrified at the amount of blood that been spilt and war now seemed to have no place. But events themselves would quickly quash

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview
  • 1919-1939: consolidation among crises

    The carnage of 1914-18 should have made this conflict the last. The public was horrified at the amount of blood that been spilt and war now seemed to have no place. But events themselves would quickly quash

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview
  • 1914-1918: baptism of fire and innovation

    August 1914: The world has been turned upside down by the insanity of war, and the ICRC is about to experience a real baptism of fire. This small institution would become a truly international organization, in

    • 2010-05-13
    • Overview
  • 1939-1945: descent into hell

    The invasion of Poland by German troops on 1 September 1939 is an indication of what is to come. Trench warfare is to be replaced by mechanized warfare, preceded by massive air raids that principally target the

    • 2010-05-11
    • Overview
  • Sustainable development at the ICRC

    Sustainable development can be defined as Sustainable development at the ICRC Sustainable development can be defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of

    • 2012-06-03
    • Overview
  • How you can help

    Credit card is not the only way to donate - you can also donate by cheque or by bank/postal transfer, or you can become a regular contributor to the work of the ICRC. And many individuals, associations and

    • 2010-04-23
    • Overview
  • Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC

    Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC

    • 2013-11-27
    • Overview