Millions of Red Cross and Red Crescent staff around the world reach more than 160 million people every year providing a diverse and innovative range of services.

The first Red Cross & Red Crescent Day was held in 1948. This event is supported by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; a humanitarian movement which aims to protect people’s lives and health, alleviate or prevent suffering and ensure respect is given to all.

The Turkish Red Crescent, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has been working as a first-response and humanitarian aid society since it was founded by the Ottomans in 1868.

Its mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering, without discrimination and with a focus on human dignity. The Turkish Red Crescent’s programs include disaster management, blood services, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education, youth services, the Sister Crescent Club, a nursing home, and legal counsel.

The organization draws on government and private donations, especially those collected as zakat. It cooperates with the international network of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on relief work outside Turkey.

The first Red Cross & Red Crescent Day was held in 1948 on the 8th of May. This date coincides with the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross. Each year, Red Cross & Red Crescent Day is supported by Red Cross organizations around the world.

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