The Jamaica Red Cross is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This is the word’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 National Societies. We are guided by our seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.

Our work is always done with the purpose of helping those most vulnerable in any situation, whether it is a national disaster; a conflict situation; or helping the needy in our society.

The Jamaica Red Cross is a member of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement which is dedicated to serving the needs of the most vulnerable. The organization was established by an Act of the Parliament in 1964, to serve as an Auxiliary to the Government in the times of emergencies, disasters or crises.

We have 13 branches, one for each parish, except for the Parishes Kingston and St Andrew, where one branch serves the two parishes. The National Society has a staff compliment of 70 and a volunteer pool of approximately 8000.

In addition to our legal obligations during times of disasters and crises, we conduct many ongoing programmes at varying levels of quality and coverage. These programmes include the following:

  • Health
  • Violence Prevention
  • Disaster Responsive & Mitigation
  • Advocacy
  • Psycho-social Support
  • Care
  • Education
  • Youth
  • Livelihood Support
  • Shelter
  • Training & Development
  • Resilience
  • Restoring Family Links
  • Humanitarian Diplomacy
  • Safer Access


To improve the lives of vulnerable people by developing capacity, mobilizing critical resources and promoting humanitarian activities


To be the most effective humanitarian organization in Jamaica, promoting at all times all forms of humanitarian activities with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, thus contributing to human dignity and peace.


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