World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year on 8 May. Its purpose is celebrated to remember the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. The main objective of World Red Cross Day is to protect the helpless and injured soldiers and civilians. This day is celebrated on 8 May on the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, who was the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. On this day people remember to pay tribute to this humanitarian organization and its unprecedented contribution to the aid of humanity.
Red Cross is an international organization. Its headquarter is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The International Committee of the Red Cross and several National Societies together run this organization. The importance of the Red Cross movement has become even more relevant in the ongoing Kovid-19 pandemic for the last two years.
Importance of World Red Cross Day
By the way, the work of the World Red Cross Society always continues. In any disease or war crisis, their volunteers are ready to serve the people. But during the Corona epidemic, their work increased further. The Red Cross is working on a war footing to defeat Kovid. People associated with this organization are serving the needy people all over the world to protect against corona. Along with this, people are distributing masks, gloves and sanitizers.
History of World Red Cross Day
The importance of the Red Cross Society is hidden in its history. Swiss businessman Jean Henri Dunant witnessed the Battle of Solferino in Italy in 1859. In which a large number of soldiers died and were injured. No army had a clinical setting to take care of wounded soldiers. Dunant formed a group of volunteers who brought food and water to the soldiers injured in the war. Not only this, this group also wrote letters to their families after treating them.
Three years after this incident, Henry published his experience in the form of a book ‘A Memory of Solferino’. In the book, he suggested the establishment of a permanent international society. A society that can treat the wounded in war. Who works for the people not on the basis of citizenship of any country but on humanitarian basis. His suggestion was implemented the very next year.
16 countries adopted
The Geneva Public Welfare Society formed a committee in February 1863. On whose recommendation a world conference was held in October 1863. Representatives of 16 nations participated in it, in which many resolutions and principles were adopted. After this, in 1876, the committee adopted the name International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 08, 2022, 08:28 IST