Humanity in action: What was our impact in 2020?

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No matter who we are or where we live, we want to give our families enough food and water, a safe place to live, and the chance of a better future. But this is a daily struggle for people living in countries ravaged by war and violence. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross saves lives on all sides of a conflict. Our emblem is a universal symbol of hope. Our neutrality facilitates ceasefires and allows life-saving humanitarian access. 

We go where others cannot.

humanity in action

2020: Where you helped and what it cost


We worked in more than 100 countries 


billion Swiss francs

field expenditure in 2020 


of every donation went to the field

6.5% was used at headquarters


Numbers in detail


Top ten operations
by expenditure (in CHF millions)

Syria Arab Republic 155.6
Yemen 115.5
South Sudan 113.3
Iraq 99.6
Nigeria 81.9
Democratic Republic of the Congo 78.7
Afghanistan 72.5
Somalia 64.9
Ukraine 63.8
Lebanon 53.9

by programme

22.6% Economic security
11.6% Water and habitat
7.5% Primary health care
10.8% First aid and hospital care
5.1% Physical rehabilitation
0.7% Weapon contamination
6.8% Restoring family links
2.1% Forensics
11.3% Activities for detainees
14.4% Protecting the vulnerable and promoting the law
5.8% Partnering with National Societies
1.4% Other 

The people you helped, in figures

Physical rehabilitation


people benefited from physical
rehabilitation services


physical rehabilitation projects
received ICRC support

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Health care


hospitals received supplies
and other assistance


patients had their hospital
costs covered

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Restoring family links


phone calls were made between
family members


people, including 773 children,
were reunited with their families

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Economic security


people received food
or assistance for buying food


people had
their incomes boosted

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How you helped

The stories of survival, recovery and growth highlighted here represent just a fraction of what was achieved in 2020. These stories – and many more like them – are only possible thanks to supporters and partners like you. We thank you.

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 Last year, you enabled us to respond to the urgent needs of individuals, families and communities across more than 100 countries.

Together, we are humanity in action.

Download the full "Humanity in action" report here

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