International Development

Canadian Red Cross International Operations

In accordance with its International Operations Strategy (2016 - 2020), the Canadian Red Cross delivers primary health care programs, relief supplies, water and sanitation and shelter solutions to people affected by conflicts, natural disasters or other emergencies. Canadian Red Cross international programming promotes cost-effective, community-based programs, which help large numbers of people with humanitarian aid and long-term development programs.

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.


The mission of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Africa is to help vulnerable communities become strong and resilient.

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Red Cross is working to help those who are vulnerable and in constant threat of hurricanes, floods, violence, droughts, earthquakes and landslides.

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From China to Sri Lanka, helping with food, clean water, health care, shelter, and education, the Red Cross organization is providing aid in areas of poverty, natural disaster, armed conflict, and humanitarian crisis.

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Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa region is home to 18 National Societies. Since the onset of the crisis in Syria, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has been responding to the ongoing humanitarian situation within and around Syria, as well as Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories as millions continue to be affected. 

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