World Red Cross Day observed globally on 8 May

World Red Cross Day is observed globally on 8 May every year. This day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) founder, Henry Dunant. This day is dedicated to the people who suffer from shortage of food, several natural calamities, war as well as from an epidemic disease.

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About World Red Cross Day:

Henry Dunant was born on 8th May, 1828 and also was the winner of Nobel Peace prize. World Red Cross Day is also known as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. In 1863, Henry Dunant established the Red Cross Committee International in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 1934, the principles of the Red Cross Truce were presented at the 15th International Conference. It was approved at the same conference. World Red Cross Day annually celebrated on May 8, 1948. In 1984 it was named as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

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  • President of the ICRC: Peter Maurer.
  • Headquarters of ICRC: Geneva, Switzerland.

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