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 healthcare

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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Tuberculosis

Group of smiling Kyrgyzstani children

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

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Conflict and post-conflict care

Group of African children in village

During and after a conflict we provide health and social care to people in need.

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News about health

A British Red Cross health worker has flown to Liberia to support Ebola virus prevention.

A Red Cross programme in South Africa is set to receive a £100,000 funding boost from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The British Red Cross’ latest research reveals that only half the people in the UK believe they have friends or neighbours they could turn to in an emergency.