The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately
97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide, which was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect
for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
Within it there are three distinct organisations which are legally independent from each other but are united within the movement through common basic principles, objectives, symbols, statutes and governing organisations. History of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
In 1859, young Swiss businessman, Jean Henry Dunant was appalled by the condition of the wounded soldiers,
he happened to see in the battle field of Solferino, Italy during the Franco - Austrian war.
He arranged relief services with the help of the local community immediately.
By 1862, he wrote the book A Memory of Solferino suggesting that a neutral organization be established to aid the wounded soldiers in times of war.
Just a year after the release of this book, an international conference was convened in Geneva to consider the suggestions of Henry Dunant and thus the Red Cross Movement was born. International Red Cross Movement was established by Geneva Convention of 1864. The name and the emblem of the movement are derived from the reversal of the Swiss national flag, to honor the country in which Red Cross was founded.
The Indian Red Cross Society, Haryana State Branch has been rendering humanitarian services to the people of
Haryana since 1966.
All its humanitarian activities are based on the four core areas, i.e., Disaster Response, Disaster Preparedness, Health and Care in the community and promotion of humanitarian values and fundamental principles.
Bonded by seven fundamentals principles, i.e., Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality the Indian Red Cross Society, Haryana State Branch has promoted mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all people. So, the mission of Haryana State Red Cross is to inspire, encourage and initiate at all forms of humanitarian activities so that human suffering can be minimised and even presented and thus contribute to create more congenial environment for peace and development.