IFRC Annual Report 2009
In a fast-changing world, and against a backdrop of increasingly complex humanitarian challenges, the Red Cross Red Crescent remains a beacon of hope for vulnerable people in crisis across the world. Because we work at the grass-roots level, using the skills and dedication of tens of millions of volunteers who are present before, during and after disasters, our approach is holistic, sustainable and cost effective.
The number of disasters and health crises is increasing, but so too are the capacities of our 186 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. In 2009, the Red Cross Red Crescent helped an estimated 44.8 million people through its emergency response operations – a massive increase from the 22.8 million people reached in 2008.