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About Us

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

The Movement was born out of the need to bring humanitarian relief to soldiers who were wounded on the Solferino battlefield. It was founded by Henry Dunant in 1859 when he saw the need for a permanent organization to give similar service and in 1864, 12 countries signed the Geneva Convention. This would be the beginning of the International Federation of the Red Cross. Today the Movement has over 186 member countries with more than 240 million volunteers.

Jamaica Red Cross

Subsequent to Jamaica becoming independent, the Government of Jamaica, through an Act of Parliament, officially recognized the Jamaica Red Cross as a voluntary relief society in 1964. On becoming a National Society, we joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) enjoying equal status and responsibilities as the other member societies of the Federation.

Our Branches

We have a network of 13 branches across the island, one in each parish with the exception of Kingston and St. Andrew which share one branch. We also have a national headquarters at Central Village, Spanish Town, St Catherine.