accessibility & help

Health issues

For those living in the west, healthcare has never been more accessible and advanced as it is today, but for the majority of the world’s population it is a different story.

People living in poorer nations often live miles away from any healthcare facility and cannot afford to buy medicine.

The Red Cross is uniquely placed to tackle some of the problems affecting poorer nations. Through our volunteers and staff in 188 countries, we address everyday healthcare needs in the communities we work in. Our aim is to give people the skills and knowledge to help them address their own problems.

The British Red Cross works closely with other Red Cross National Societies to tackle some of the most basic health and social care needs of vulnerable communities.

Water and sanitation

Boy with clean water pouring over him

We work to ensure people around the world have access to clean water and adequate sanitation.

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Community health care

Boy in a displaced persons' camp in Chad

We teach communities how to stay healthy and prevent diseases like cholera and malaria.

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Group of smiling Kyrgyzstani children

We work around the world to prevent tuberculosis and support people diagnosed with it.

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News about health

Co-op and Red Cross mark first year tackling loneliness together

The British Red Cross and Royal Voluntary Service received a huge surprise when a National Lottery player revealed their application for funding had been successful.

People holding hands

13 Oct 2016

The British Red Cross has reiterated its call for the release of health and social care funds being held by the UK government.