We are an independent volunteer organization. Under the umbrella of the Belgian Red Cross, we are part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Our mission is threefold: to defend the interests of vulnerable people both at home and abroad, to be proactive in emergency-management, promoting self-reliance and organizing blood supply, and to care for vulnerable individuals. In all our activities, we rely heavily on volunteers.
We believe it is important for people to be able to help one another in an emergency – at home, at work, at school, at their youth club or at their sports club, for example. Our goal is to teach first aid to as many people as possible, both in Belgium and abroad: we help other countries to draw up first-aid guidelines and accompanying training material.
Providing assistance in emergencies
We want to offer the most effective assistance possible in the event of an emergency and we do this either by swiftly deploying our local Red Cross sections or by working closely with other relief services[S1] and the government. We also ensure that we are able to provide assistance for long-term emergencies, and we are constantly developing our expertise in providing international emergency relief.
Leading the way in blood supply
Our Blood Service is responsible for ensuring that a constant supply of safe blood products is available to the majority of hospitals in Flanders. We guarantee to be able to provide sufficient quantities of safe, high-quality blood whenever it is needed, thus helping doctors to save lives.
Caring for the vulnerable
Countless Red Cross volunteers work tirelessly to help vulnerable people in their communities. A lot of the work we do is ‘behind the scenes’, but it makes a world of difference to the thousands of people who rely on us for help.