Fundamental Principles


The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

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The Red Cross was established in Jamaica on the 8th of April 1948 as a Branch of the British Red Cross and recognized as a National Society on the 2nd October 1964.

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The Jamaica Red Cross is governed and administered a Central Committee. This is the highest Authority of the Jamaica Red Cross in the period between two General Assemblies. The term of office for its members is two (2) years.

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To carry out our humanitarian mandate in accordance with our seven fundamental principles to prevent and alleviate human suffering in all forms and to promote dignity and peace