History of Red Cross

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History of Red Cross Name Course Instructor Course Title Date History of Red Cross Jean Henry “Vision behind Red Cross” Jean Henry Dunant, born on 8 May 1828, in Geneva, was obliged by his sympathetic character to help the worried and the needy. In 1853, he was selected an accountant to a firm, in Algeria.


He took the help of the villagers at Castiglione to comfort and give medical care to the injured. He worked for the injured for three days without sleep. When he returned to Geneva he was troubled by atrocious visions of the war, he experienced in Solferino. He worked really hard to make sure that the terrible suffering he has gone through must not take place again. It was in 1862 that Dunant published a book by the name of “A Memory of Solferino”. His book fostered the idea that in every country there must be an institute that must work for providing relief to the people wounded in war. This society must also help the army to carry out their task of helping the wounded militants. The Formation of Red Cross Gustave Moynier who was an advocate in Geneva showed immediate interest to the idea fostered by Dunant in his book. Moynier within no time formed an International Committee of Relief for the ones injured in war, which was later named as “International Committee of Red Cross”. Delegates from sixteen states around the world, met at Geneva for the approval of the Geneva committee on 26 to 29 October. The delegates decided that every state will form within their country a private institute whose task will be to provide relief (medical services) to the military and the ones wounded in war. ...
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