cruz roja

What does it do?

  • The Red Cross in Spain (“Cruz Roja”) reacts quickly and effectively in the event of disasters, armed conflicts, emergencies and any situation that threatens people's lives and their social well-being and dignity.
  • Its principles are an expression of concern for human beings: “Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Character, Unity and Universality”.
  • Its aim is to stabilise any situation so that people can rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.

What countries does it work in?

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross has 16,800 staff in more than 80 countries and more than 13 million volunteers.
  • The Emergency Relief Fund is the Spanish Red Cross's mechanism for dealing with disasters and providing the necessary resources and assistance wherever it is needed.
  • This emergency task force is active all year round to respond to emergencies between 24 and 48 hours.

Other information of interest

  • The Spanish Red Cross was founded in 1864.
  • It has received several awards for its work, such as the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation awarded in 2012.

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