Who We Are
The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading humanitarian organization in Uganda. Since its inception in 1939 as a small women's emergency organization, URCS has developed over the years into a formidable well-respected humanitarian agency. In 1941, it became a branch of the British Red Cross. The URCS was recognised by an "Act of Parliament in 1964" and admitted as a member of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1965.
The National Society has over 350,000 registered members with one and half million beneficiaries of its interventions. URCS works through 51 Branch Offices covering the whole of Uganda. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement comprising the International Federation and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), URCS works with a number of partners in the execution of its Mission.
These include the Government of Uganda, Corporate bodies, United Nations Agencies, NGOs and participating Sister Red Cross National Societies. Over the years, URCS has witnessed an increase in the number of partners and partnerships not only nationally but internationally including private and civil society organizations. The number of communities served by URCS has also tremendously increased, as well as the scope of activities.
An empowered, healthy and self-sustaining community that responds to the needs of its most vulnerable.
To be a leading humanitarian agency in Uganda in saving lives, supporting livelihoods and promoting human dignity.
Our health and social services directorate priority objectives are:
- To increase access to safe and adequate water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water catchment conservation practices in targeted areas.
- To promote practice and improve access to reproductive health services among the vulnerable communities in targeted areas.
- To reduce the spread and mitigate the impact of common diseases among the infected and affected individuals and communities in targeted areas.
- To promote increased access to safe blood and blood products for emergency transfusion in Uganda.
- To empower communities for preparedness, management and response to disease outbreaks and fatal injuries.
Core Values of URCS
These are based on the seven Principles of the Movement. The core values are:
- Open mindedness
- Democracy (equal distribution of decision-making power)
- Value for people
- Respect for gender and other forms of diversity
The principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which guide the National Society, include the following:
- Voluntary Service