Saydee-zarthy Saywea, a volunteer with the Liberia Red Cross Society, helped fight Ebola as a member of one of the Safe and Dignified Burials team. © IFRC
It is also a day to celebrate humanity and the spirit that drives people to help others who are in need, even in the most difficult and dangerous situations, often putting their own lives at risk.
This year, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is recognising its humanitarian workers, by sharing stories of what inspires them to deliver life-saving humanitarian action.
This World Humanitarian Day, we honour the contribution of humanitarian workers towards creating a more humane world, and call on people globally to demand that humanitarian workers are given safe and secure access to deliver life-saving assistance to vulnerable people - without exception.