The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a worldwide network of humanitarian organizations. This movement works to aid those in need during emergencies, disasters, conflicts, and other crises. The movement strives to reduce suffering, uphold human dignity, and advance harmony, health, and wellbeing.
Every year on May 8, the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is usually known as World Red Cross Day. It honors Henry Dunant’s birthday. Henry Dunant is the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The creation of this movement serves as the foundation for the history of World Red Cross Day. During the Second Italian War of Independence in 1859, Henry Dunant saw the misery of injured soldiers directly on the Italian battlefield of Solferino. When seeing the lack of medical treatment and aid, he gathered local residents to assist those injured, regardless of their nationalities.
This incident inspired Dunant to write the book “A Memory of Solferino.” In 1863, his efforts resulted in the formation of the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded. This became known as ICRC. On this particular day, ICRC organizes various activities; the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), and ICRC. These activities are blood drives, first aid training sessions, fundraising initiatives, public awareness campaigns, and acknowledgement of volunteers and humanitarian achievements.
IFRC and Red Crescent Societies announced the annual theme. “Everything We Do Comes #FromTheHeart” as the theme for this year. It’s an occasion to honor those who put their communities first and to celebrate the humanitarian spirit.