What we do and our results

Our national strategy focuses on emergency response, volunteer assistance, first aid at events, first aid training, and assisted self-reliance. We also work on ‘tracing and support’ by restoring family links, provide war aftercare and we support foreign victims of human trafficking. Our final focus is on increasing respect and willingness to help.

In 2020, an extraordinary emergency hit almost every country on the planet: the global pandemic. Red Cross Societies in 172 countries took action and started the biggest emergency response operation in the history of the Red Cross.

In The Netherlands, we assisted medical facilities and provided assistance in vaccination and testing programmes. Furthermore, we opened a telephone service for psychological support and provided food aid for people who had lost their income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross

We help people in need during emergencies, conflicts and disasters. We do this without discriminating based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles provide an ethical, operational and institutional framework to the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. These seven principles are at the core of our approach to helping people in need and  guide us in our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

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