International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

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Founded in 1919, the International Federation comprises 186 national member societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. Other societies are being created. In many Islamic countries, the Red Crescent is used instead of the Red Cross. The International Federation is the largest humanitarian organization in the world and aims to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people. The vulnerable can be defined as refugees, as well as victims of natural disasters, poverty brought about by socio-economic crises, and health emergencies. Together, the Federation, the National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross make up the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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