Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide

Canadian Red Cross International Operations

From conflict zones to communities affected  by devastating disasters or  health emergencies, the Canadian Red Cross responds to the needs of vulnerable communities around the world.

In accordance with its International Operations Strategy (2015), the Canadian Red Cross delivers  primary health care programs,  relief supplies, water and sanitation and shelter solutions to people affected by conflicts or natural disasters. Canadian Red Cross international programming promotes cost-effective, community-based programs, which target large numbers of people with humanitarian aid that is rapid, effective and large-scale.

Thanks to the generous support of Canadian donors and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian Red Cross assist millions of people around the world every year.

The Canadian Red Cross is one of 189 National Societies that along with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) make up the world's largest humanitarian network – also known as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Learn more about our programs worldwide

Responding to International Emergencies

Responding to International Emergencies

The International Emergencies and Recovery Team monitors global crises and disaster trends to better prepare for and respond to emergencies worldwide.


Organizational Development and Capacity Building

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to long-lasting impacts by ensuring that we build capacities in communities we serve.


Health in emergencies

During an emergency, the Canadian Red Cross and partners deploy health care units or field hospitals, which provide critical health services to women, children and their families. These units are equipped with...


Emergency Response Units (ERU)

A Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit (ERU) can be deployed around the world within 48 hours when emergencies arise.