World Red Cross Day, also known as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, is globally observed on May 8 every year. It marks the day when Henri Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross Movement was born. Henri Dunant started the movement after witnessing the tragedy during the Battle of Solferino in 1859, Italy. In 1863, The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) was established in Geneva, Switzerland. ICRC aims to help people affected by armed violence and conflict. It also aims to promote laws that can help protect war victims.
In 1919, American philanthropist Henry Davison established the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Paris. It was founded during the aftermath of World War I and was originally known as the League of Red Cross Societies. It was established with the belief that the expertise and compassion of Red Cross volunteers during war could be showcased during peacetime too. The league had a simple objective to help improve the health of people in countries that have greatly suffered at the hands of wars.
As World Red Cross Day approaches, here are some facts about International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and how you can take part in observing World Red Cross Day.
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Since 2009, there has been a theme every year to celebrate World Red Cross Day. The first theme focused on the grave effects of climate change. For World Red Cross Day 2022, the theme is #BeHumanKIND . This Red Cross Day theme comes in lieu of multiple 21st century crises that spared no one and hit the most vulnerable people the hardest.
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To celebrate this, you can do the following:
Another way you can contribute to by taking care of the health needs of communities and families around you. For instance, you can distribute multivitamins for women, men and children in your locality. When it comes to your family, make sure that you have health insurance for women, elders, and children to safeguard their health.
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