New Delhi: World Red Cross Day World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year on 8 May to commemorate the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross. This great personality was born on May 8, 1828, in Geneva, Switzerland. His birthday is celebrated as World Red Cross Day. Its main work is human service. This institution has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the years 1917, 1944, and 1963.
This organization works for coordination between the governments of countries around the world during war and peace. May 8 is remembered to pay tribute to the humanitarian organization and its phenomenal contribution to the aid of humanity. Today in the Corona epidemic, he is needed the most. In the Corona period, whether it is to distribute masks or gloves or to get the availability of oxygen cylinders, the Red Cross is rendering its services against Corona in the same way as it does in war. Let’s know about the history and importance of World Red Cross Day
The importance of the Red Cross Society is hidden in its history. The Swiss merchant Jean Henry Dunant witnessed the Battle of Solferino in Italy in 1859. In which a large number of soldiers were killed and injured. None of the armies had clinic settings to take care of injured soldiers. Dunant formed a group of volunteers who brought food and water to soldiers wounded in the war. Not only this but after treating them, this group also wrote letters to their families.
Three years after this incident, Henry published his experience in the form of a book ‘A Memory of Solferino’. In the book, he suggested the establishment of a permanent international society.
A society that can treat people injured in war. The one who works for the people not on the basis of citizenship of any country but on humanitarian grounds. His suggestion was implemented the very next year.
The Geneva Public Welfare Society formed a committee in February 1863, on whose recommendation a world conference was held in October 1863. It was attended by representatives of 16 nations, in which many resolutions and principles were adopted. Subsequently, in 1876, the committee adopted the name International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Significance of World Red Cross Day
The main objective of World Red Cross Day is to protect the helpless and injured soldiers and civilians. The importance of the World Red Cross has increased especially during the Corona period. The Red Cross is working on a war footing to defeat this pandemic. People associated with this organization are serving needy people all over the world to protect them from Corona. Along with this, masks, gloves, and sanitizers are being distributed to the people.