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Henry Dunant is best known as the founder of The Red Cross.

Henry Dunant is best known as the founder of The Red Cross. June 12, 2017
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Henry Dunant is best known as the founder of The Red Cross. In 1859, at Dunant witnessed the battle between Austria and the Fraco-Sardinian alliance. After seeing 40,000 men dead or dying on the battlefield, he aspired to provide a solution. He published A Memory of Solferino at his own expense and presented it to leading figures in Europe. A few years later, 31-year-old Henry Dunant and four other Geneva men founded the International Committee for Relief to the wounded, which would later become the International Committee of the Red Cross. Just one year later, the first-ever Geneva Convention was signed, governing the sick and wounded military personnel.

Henry Dunant

“Would there not be some means, during a period of peace and calm, of forming relief societies whose object would be to have the wounded cared for in time of war by enthusiastic, devoted volunteers, fully qualified for the task?”

Henry Dunant died in a Swiss nursing home in 1910, at the age of 82.


The American sister of the International Committee of the Red Cross is the American Red Cross. Clara Barton and a circle of her friends founded the American Red Cross in 1881.

The American Red Cross aim to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. 1 blood Donation can save up to 3 lives. To find a local blood drive, please schedule your appointment. Donating Blood Makes a Big Difference in the Lives of Others.

Every two seconds someone receives a unit of blood. The need is constant. It is our mission to meet that need.American Red Cross Biomedical Services
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