The International Federation''s programmes are grouped into four main core areas: promoting humanitarian principles and values; disaster response; disaster preparedness; and health and care in the community.
These activities are those which are carried out by most National Societies, and details of each core activity can be found by clicking on the appropriate section.
Red Cross Red Crescent promotes individual and community humanitarian values which encourage respect for other human beings and a willingness to work together to find solutions to problems. From the seven fundamental principles to the "power of humanity" slogan, the aim is to influence the behaviour of the people we work with.
Disaster response continues to represent the largest portion of our work, with assistance to around 30 million people annually from refugees to victims of natural disasters. This section includes our emergency response units and issues relating to humanitarian policies as we strive to improve the quality of our immediate response and long-term rehabilitation work. (Note that news and situation reports relating to all our operations are found in the Where we work section.)
The sharp increase in the number of natural disasters worldwide in recent years has prompted the Federation to devote more attention to disaster preparedness activities. These aim to make National Societies and communities more aware of the risks they face, how to reduce their vulnerability, and how to cope when disaster strikes.
Too many people die as a result of no access to even the most basic health services and elementary health education. Health and community care has become a cornerstone of humanitarian assistance, and accounts for a large part of Red Cross Red Crescent spending. Through these programmes, the Federation aims to enable communities to reduce their vulnerability to disease, and prepare for and respond to public health crises.
Guiding and supporting the development of its member National Societies is one of the Federation''s fundamental tasks, and runs through these four core areas and other programmes. Capacity building programmes include management and volunteer training, branch structures, planning, fund-raising and gender equality. Creating the opportunity for National Societies to network and work together is one of the Federation''s key roles.
The International Federation''s Global Agenda
Achieving the ambitious goals set out in the Global Agenda will constitute the Federation''s major contribution to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and the Hyogo Framework. Over the next five years, the collective focus of the Federation will be on achieving the following goals and priorities:
Goal 1: Reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.
Goal 2: Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.
Goal 3: Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.
Goal 4: Promote respect for diversity and human dignity, and reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion.
Improving our local, regional and international capacity to respond to disasters and public health emergencies.
Scaling up our actions with vulnerable communities in health promotion, disease prevention and disaster risk reduction.
Increasing significantly our HIV/AIDS programming and advocacy.
Renewing our advocacy on priority humanitarian issues, especially fighting intolerance, stigma and discrimination, and promoting disaster risk reduction.
The Global Agenda provides a framework to align our planning, prioritize our programming and mobilize additional resources to deliver Strategy 2010. It also commits the Federation to scale up and improve the reach, quality and impact of our programming at domestic and international levels, aiming for a significant increase in programming and resources over the next five years.