Annual Report 2016

The Annual Report 2016 is an account of the field activities the ICRC conducted worldwide over the year. These activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

28.4 million people saw their access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more about our water and shelter activities.

15 million people were provided with food and 5.4 million with 0ther essential household items.
Read more about our aid distribution.

4.2 million health consultations were conducted.
Read more about our health activities.

987,200 detainees were visited in 1,650 places of detention in 98 countries.
Read more about how we help detainees.

570,000 phone and video calls were made between separated family members.
Read more about our restoring family links network.


 A visit to south-eastearn Aleppo, Syria, to assess and monitor people's humanitarian needs. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / S. Tarabishi

Largest operations

In 2016, the ICRC's expenditure totalled 1,576.7 million Swiss francs for headquarters and field activities. Below are the top 15 operations by expenditure, globally.

View: Full chart illustrating the ICRC's largest operations, taken from the Annual Report 2016.


The ICRC carried out activities in over 80 countries around the world in 2016. Below are the locations of those operations by expenditure.

View: Interactive map detailing the ICRC's expenditure, taken from the Annual Report 2016.

Download report

The Annual Report 2016 can be downloaded in pdf format, either in its entirety or by section.

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Previous annual reports 

Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2012
Annual Report 2011
Annual Report 2010
Annual Report 2009
Annual Report 2008
Annual Report 2007
Annual Report 2006
Annual Report 2005
Annual Report 2004
Annual Report 2003
Annual Report 2002

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