Our international work: how we help around the world

We provide international aid to help people in emergencies, support refugees and survivors of trafficking, and those facing chronic hunger. 


Often within hours of an emergency – or even before it’s happened – our partners in the local Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society are on the ground keeping people safe.  

We work as part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, with millions of volunteers across 192 countries working to prevent or ease human suffering.

We specialise in getting the right aid to the right place as quickly as possible, follow international humanitarian law, and help to build strong communities who can withstand and recover from disasters.  

What's happening in Ukraine?

Fighting has intensified in Ukraine. The situation is incredibly tense, dangerous, and distressing. Nearly 3 million people have now left their homes amid temperatures of minus 20 degrees. There is little shelter, food or healthcare.

Find out how the Red Cross is helping people in Ukraine

The Ukranian Red Cross delivering supplies to Ukrainian citizens sheltering in a subway station.

Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers deliver vital supplies to people sheltering in subway stations. 2022. 

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How we work


We are a neutral, independent and impartial organisation, guided by seven fundamental principles. Our neutrality allows us to reach people caught up in conflicts or other crises across the world.  When these emergencies cause people to flee their homes, we help make sure they have food, shelter and other help they need. We also support those facing chronic hunger.  

How we are supporting communities around the world

The impact of Covid-19 has destroyed lives and livelihoods around the world.

As a result, for the first time since 1999, global levels of extreme poverty increased last year. That’s over 20 years of progress, of communities lifting themselves out of hardship, severely damaged. 

We are taking action to support those already facing the harshest effects of poverty, climate change and ongoing conflict. 

In 191 countries around the world, experienced teams of Red Cross staff and volunteers work alongside communities, listen to what they need, and give them the tools to be able to rebuild their future.

When we all work together, our teams and our supporters can achieve incredible things. Together, our International Relief Fund could make a real impact and reach people whose lives depend on it.

Donate to our International Relief Fund 

Other ways we help around the world

Find out more about our international work, from humanitarian policy to overseas jobs