The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a global humanitarian organization, which coordinates and directs international assistance following natural and man-made disasters in non-conflict situations. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.
The IFRC works with National Societies in responding to catastrophes around the world. Its relief operations are combined with development work, including disaster preparedness programmes, health and care activities, and the promotion of humanitarian values.
In particular, it supports programmes on risk reduction and fighting the spread of diseases, such as HIV, tuberculosis, avian influenza and malaria. The organization also works to combat discrimination and violence, and promote human rights and assistance for migrants.
The strategic aims of the IFRC are:
Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises
Enable healthy and safe living
Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace
Initiative of the European Union, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO)
The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.