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National Societies of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent

The National Societies act as auxiliaries to the public authorities, attending the sick or wounded soldiers. Currently, there are a total of 186 National Societies in countries around the world.

Permanently, perform multiple activities depending on the needs of each country and its inhabitants, which include:

  • Health protection.
  • Actions of social welfare with vulnerable groups.
  • Intervention in aid and the environment.
  • Defense of human rights.
  • Help after disasters.
  • Support other National Societies. 
  • Dissemination of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
  • Help the victims of conflicts.
  • Promotion of blood donation and organ donation.

The Red Cross in Spain and in Catalonia

The Spanish Red Cross (SRC) is one of the National Societies of the institution. The SRC has a team of volunteers of over 200,000 people, of which more than 16,000 are in Catalonia.és una de les Societats Nacionals de la institució.

The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the SRC and meets every 4 years to establish the guidelines of the Red Cross and choose the members of the National Committee. The SRC is divided into four levels (local, provincial, autonomical and national), as established in their Statutes

In each of these levels, there is an assembly that acts as a supervisory body, and a committee that deals with executive functions. All committees consist of the following managers:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary (except for the regional sphere).
  • Coordinator
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