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.

Read what we are doing >

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.

Read about our healthcare work >

Related

News about health

Red Cross launches East Africa Crisis Appeal

Red Cross welcomes Spring Budget social care funding and long-term plan

The Red Cross is concerned for the welfare of thousands of unaccompanied children across Europe following a decision by the UK Government to close a viable route to safety.