The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. Established in 1863 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the ICRC employs some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC’s mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols which have been signed by 195 countries by 2013.
Physical Rehabilitation Program
The ICRC provides physical rehabilitation services worldwide. In addition to developing our own prosthetics technology we have acquired a high level of expertise and attach great importance to maintaining support for a project over many years.
Since 1979 large numbers of individuals in more than 48 countries have benefited from physical rehabilitation services undertaken with the assistance of the ICRC, such as physiotherapy, the provision of over 1.4 million assistive devices and their repair and maintenance.
Special Fund for the Disabled
The ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled strengthens national capacity in less-resourced countries to remove barriers faced by persons with physical disabilities, by fostering sustainable, accessible and quality physical rehabilitation services and promoting inclusion.
The ICRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement which also encompasses the International Federation of the Red Cross and the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. It is present in every country and supported by millions of volunteers.
Collaboration at the ICRC
Over the past years, the ICRC has come to realize that it cannot tackle today’s challenges on its own but rather needs to rely on the support of and collaboration with the private sector, academia and individuals around the world. The Enable Makeathon is motivated by this spirit of broad collaboration with the aim to crowdsource new solutions for humanitarian needs.