About World Red Cross Day:
World Red Cross day means 8th of May is celebrated every year as the birthday anniversary of founder of the Red Cross. Henry Dunant was the founder of the Red Cross as well as the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), born in the Geneva in the year 1828. He was the most famous person and became the recipient of 1st Nobel Peace Prize.
World Red Cross Day is an annual event celebration, celebrating the principles of “International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement”. It is celebrated every year to pay tribute to the volunteers participated in the event as well as welcome their precious contribution for helping people in need.
World Red Cross Day 2014
World Red Cross Day 2014 was celebrated all across the world by the National Societies affiliates to the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) on 8th of May, at Thursday.
World Red Cross Day History
Red Cross was introduced as a major contribution to the peace after the World War I by an international commission at 14th International Conference of the Red Cross. The principles of the Red Cross Truce was presented and approved on 15th International Conference at Tokyo in the year 1934 to get applicable all across the world in different regions. The possibility of its annual celebration was asked to the “League of the Red Cross Societies (LORCS)” by the International Federation of the Red Cross Societies (IFRC) General Assembly. And just 2 years later the proposal of celebrating this day annually was adopted and was first celebrated as the Red Cross Day on 8th of May in 1948. Later, it was officially named as the “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day” in the year 1984.
World Red Cross Day is celebrated by the people on international level to alleviate people’s suffering, enhancing their dignity, protecting their life from emergencies and lots of natural disasters including epidemic diseases, flood and earthquakes. It is celebrated by all the sections of the Red Cross organizations to help people by keeping in front it’s all fundamental principles which are humanity, independence, impartiality, neutrality, universality, voluntary and unity.
International Committee of the Red Cross and its members (National Societies) organize lots of programmes and events in order to encourage volunteers as well as facilitate and promote their humanitarian activities. International Red Cross movement members assists the suffered people of any problems. People are motivated to protect their own lives and take care of the dignity of other victims.
It is celebrated annually to honor the founder of an International Red Cross Crescent Movement, Henry Dunant. It is celebrated by the National Societies (affiliated to ICRC) in their countries to aware people about the need of life protection in some drastic conditions. It highlights the international services to motivate people to hugely participate in the life saving activities.
Why World Red Cross Day is Celebrated
World Red Cross Day has become an important day in the history of world which is being celebrated annually to play big role in the life saving events as well as assisting the vulnerable social people all around the world. It is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Henri Dunant who had founded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the year 1863 in the Geneva, Switzerland.
It aimed to provide relief to the human beings in distress and desolation due to war, food shortage, epidemic diseases or natural calamities. Its celebration is highlighted through a special theme of the year to fulfill the aim of celebration as well as make people aware of its importance. It also aims to attract more private or governmental organizations to be active members and participate regionally to help needed people suffering from any kind of disaster.
Around 97 million members and volunteers of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are also honored at this day of being the largest humanitarian network of relief worldwide serving over 170 countries. Around 240 million people all over the world have become benefited of the free assistance of Red Cross workers. In 1922, peace and relief was given by the Red Cross members to the people affected by the World War I.
National Societies acts as auxiliaries of the Red Cross in the humanitarian field and assists with the range of services such as natural disaster relief, medical services and other health and social programmes. A meeting held every two years between the National Societies and their Federation in the General Assembly whereas every four years, a meeting held where whole Movement meets at the Geneva Conventions which is called as the “International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent”. Following are the objectives of the World Red Cross Day celebration:
It is celebrated to provide relief and peace to the injured people to prevent death rate due to the disasters of any kind.
It helps in initiating active efforts all over the world to reduce casual death rate because of epidemic illnesses.
It helps people living in the vulnerable areas to manage the public health emergencies.
It empowers its members, civil societies and other involved local communities to provide immediate response to the health disasters in the vulnerable situations.
It helps in reinstating the human dignity.
Geneva conventions help in monitoring the compliance of warring parties.
It helps the wounded people on the battlefield by organizing the nursing care.
It avails the treatment for prisoners of war and help in searching the missing persons during conflict.
It avails protection and nursing care to the people in civil populatio