The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
Founded in 1919, the International Federation comprises 186 member Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able to address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity and a concern for equity.
The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. Vulnerable people are those who are at greatest risk from situations that threaten their survival, or their capacity to live with an acceptable level of social and economic security and human dignity. Often, these are victims of natural disasters, poverty brought about by socio-economic crises, refugees, and victims of health emergencies
Founded 31 January 1983, the Red Crescent of the State of the United Arab Emirates received international recognition on 27 August 1986, as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.
WAHA and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent formed a partnership in 2010 to implement a project to improving access to surgical treatment for fistula for women living in Gondar Province in Ethiopia. In 2011 another partnership was established to set up a mother - child hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, in order to improve obstetric and neonatal care for the population.