The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was established on 21 December 1965 through the Kenya Red Cross Society Act (Chapter 256 of the Laws of Kenya) as a voluntary aid National Society auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field.
KRCS maintains an autonomy, which allows it to act at all times in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which are humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.
As auxiliary to the national and county governments, we will work with our communities, volunteers and partners to ensure we prepare for and respond to our humanitarian and development needs. We will focus our collective capabilities and resources to alleviate human suffering and save lives.
A sustainable, effective and trusted humanitarian organization serving present and future generations.
Service to Humanity: Embodying responsibility, accountability and commitment – we will faithfully execute the duties and responsibilities entrusted to us and maintain the highest ethical and professional humanitarian standards.
Disaster Risk Management
- To implement programmes that aim to lessen or transfer the adverse effects of hazards through activities on preparedness, mitigation and response. KRCS will work with vulnerable communities to strengthen communities to manage disaster risk, in order to strengthen community resilience.
- To implement programmes that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promotion of sustainable agriculture. These include; Food Security and Livelihood; Disaster Risk Reduction and Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change.
Health and Social Services
- KRCS will deliver Curative, Preventative and promotion health care service among the most vulnerable, as well as help to strengthen community health systems.
- KRCS will also undertake Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases; Prevention and management of Non Communicable Diseases and Conditions; Family Health, Reproductive Maternal, Neonatal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health; Nutrition; Gender and Diversity; Mental Health and Psychosocial Support; Drugs and Substance Abuse; Blood Donor Services; and Public Health in Emergencies.
Disaster Management Operations
- Disasters in Kenya results to loss of lives and property, with grave consequences for the survival, dignity and livelihood of individuals, particularly the poor, and reversal of development gains.
- KRCS will use the resources to respond to droughts, floods, conflicts, fires, chemical accidents, diseases and epidemics that disrupt people’s livelihoods, destroy infrastructure, divert planned use of resources, interrupt economic activities and retard national development.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
- KRCS WASH department focus on improving equitable access to safe, sustainable and affordable water for domestic and livelihood use.
- KRCS will improve access to adequate and equitable sanitation, hygiene education and menstrual health education with an overall goal of eradicating open defecation and improving health.