The Netherlands Red Cross

The Netherlands Red Cross

Welcome to the website of the Netherlands Red Cross! Please find a summary of our mission, vision and activities below. Do you want to know more about our work or would you like to become part of our movement? Do not hesitate to contact us via or 070 – 44 55 678.

The Netherlands Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Red Cross endeavours to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

Our National Society, which consists of over 19,000 volunteers, 92,000 Ready2Help volunteers, 450 professionals and 725,000 members and donors, aims to help people in distress during disasters, emergencies and conflicts  – wheth­er close to home or far away.


The Netherlands Red Cross is one of the 192 National Societies of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Coronavirus in The Netherlands

The Netherlands Red Cross is helping in The Netherlands during the international COVID-19 crisis. We support medical facilities, offer assistance at the vaccination and testing locations and provide food aid for people who have lost their income.

Corona Helpdesk
Do you have specific questions about the coronacrisis in The Netherlands? Do you need advice or someone to talk to? Or are you in need of assistance, for example because you’re currently self-isolating? Contact our Corona Helpdesk at +31 (0)70 – 44 55 888 (Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM).

People who don’t speak Dutch or English can send a (voice) message to our WhatsApp Helpdesk at +31 (0)6 48 15 80 55. One of our volunteers will get in touch in the preferred language. This service is currently available in Moroccan-Arabic, Tamazight (Berber), Turkish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and Portuguese.

Information about the coronavirus
Want to find out more about the coronavirus in The Netherlands? For example about testing or vaccination procedures? Find flyers, posters and video’s in your preferred language on our special web pages. This information is available in EnglishArabicTurkishPolishPortuguese and Chinese.

What we do and our results

Our national strategy focuses on emergency response, volunteer assistance, first aid at events, first aid training, and assisted self-reliance. We also work on ‘tracing and support’ by restoring family links, provide war aftercare and we support foreign victims of human trafficking. Our final focus is on increasing respect and willingness to help.

In 2020, an extraordinary emergency hit almost every country on the planet: the global pandemic. Red Cross Societies in 172 countries took action and started the biggest emergency response operation in the history of the Red Cross.

In The Netherlands, we assisted medical facilities and provided assistance in vaccination and testing programmes. Furthermore, we opened a telephone service for psychological support and provided food aid for people who had lost their income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Download summary annual report 2020 Download summary annual report 2019

The emblems of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement

The red cross was adopted as the original symbol of protection at the 1864 Geneva Convention. The protected, neutral emblems in combination with our seven fundamental principles, give us access to conflict zones.

Seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross

We help people in need during emergencies, conflicts and disasters. We do this without discriminating based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles provide an ethical, operational and institutional framework to the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. These seven principles are at the core of our approach to helping people in need and  guide us in our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Do you want to become part of our movement?

We are more than happy to welcome you to the Netherlands Red Cross. Please make sure to check our vacancies, we occasionally look for English speaking professionals. For some volunteer positions Dutch may not be required. Please contact us to find out if such positions are available.

Do you want to know more about our work and specific projects? Or do you want to know more about supporting the Netherlands Red Cross? Please let us know via or +31 (0)70 – 44 55 678. Our team is more than willing to help you – in your preferred language if we speak it!