The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebrations were held on Wednesday, May 8, with the participation of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Panamanian Red Cross.
Volunteers and staff are hard at work across the globe every day, but May 8 is a time to celebrate the difference they make and the lives they change in communities large and small, responding to crises of all kinds, and helping people to live safer, more dignified lives.
In 2019, National Societies around the world also celebrated 100 years of the IFRC, which was founded by the Red Cross societies of France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States of America. IFRC – originally known as the League of Red Cross Societies, was created to preserve, share and promote the expertise and knowledge gained during humanitarian responses to the First World War and the Spanish Flu epidemic. A century later, the IFRC network has 190 National Societies, with even more in formation.