Red Cross of Serbia
The Red Cross of Serbia is a humanitarian, non-governmental organisation, which carries out the humanitarian activities based on the Red Cross principles. The SRC is among the oldest national Red Cross societies. It was established in 1875 in Cetinje. The SRC is a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The SRC counts over 400,000 members and around 280.000 are active volunteers. The SRC has another 2 million supporters.
The SRC is structured as follows: a General Assembly with Federal Board and an Executive Council comprising the SRC President, Secretary General, President and Secretaries of the Red Cross of Serbia, as well as the Red Cross branch secretaries.
The mandate of the SRC within the seven Red Cross principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary unit and universality, is:
- To prevent and alleviate human suffering.
- To protect life and health.
- To promote the Red Cross humanitarian activities among the vulnerable people and the mass population.
- To coordinate the disaster relief and encourage development.
- To work for the prevention of disease and for the promotion of health and social welfare.
The SRC activities are carried out through the network of over 150 municipal Red Cross branches and in 1997, the SRC started with the development of water safety activities.
The Serbian and Montenegro Red Cross became full member of ILS in 2000. After the split of the country in two countries, the Serbian Red Cross became Member of ILS on 19 September 2006.