Discover the ICRC
What is the ICRC?
Discover the ICRC through this film
Why the ICRC ?
Where does the ICRC work?
Who we are
What is it like working for the ICRC?
What we do
The ICRC's actions are aimed at protecting the lives, health and dignity of people affected by violence. In doing so, we take a holistic, integrated approach in which three distinct areas of action – protection, assistance and prevention – are closely interlinked. Work done in any one of these areas informs, reinforces and complements actions taken in the others.
We help people affected by armed conflict and other violence by providing water and shelter; fostering economic security; improving health care (including war surgery and care for detainees); ensuring proper handling and identification of the dead; and helping victims of landmines and unexploded ordnance.
Contamination by explosive devices
Story of discovery: Holmes gets back on his feet
The ICRC strives to safeguard the life, health and dignity of civilians affected by armed conflict and other violence, including detainees. We do this by encouraging government authorities and other groups to shoulder their responsibilities under international humanitarian law and other rules that protect people affected by violence.
Explaining the rules of war
Protecting the vulnerable
Civilians in conflict
Story of discovery: Beyond first aid
The ICRC takes action at the global, regional and local levels to promote compliance with international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles. We work to raise awareness on critical issues of humanitarian concern.
Health care in danger