Health work

Andreas von Weissenberg
Image: Andreas von Weissenberg

Health is perceived broadly as a state of physical, mental and social well-being in the work of the Finnish Red Cross. Health work focuses at the needs and threats related to the health and well-being of people and their communities.

Community-based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) is an approach developed in cooperation with national Red Cross organisations in which the communities assess their own needs and reach their goals through combined efforts.

Anthony Mwang

Lack of clean water and toilets combined with poor hygiene awareness is one of the most important causes of disease – and very often also a common cause of death. Clean water alone is not enough. Toilets, sewers and hand-washing are also always needed.


For the past 20 years, the Red Cross has been actively working, planning, initiating and implementing development cooperation programmes and introducing programme initiatives in order to improve the health of mothers and children.

Ari Räsänen

Psychological support (psychosocial support) has gained an important position next to traditional humanitarian aid. In addition to providing shelter, nutrition, water and basic healthcare, the psychological recovery from crises and disasters is emphasised more and more.

Taru Tuohiniemi

The Red Cross supports voluntary blood donation without compensation. Regular donors are the basis of a safe and sustainable distribution system of blood products, providing blood to those who need it.


Every year, disasters endanger the lives and health of millions of people. The Red Cross works continuously to reduce disease and deaths and to improve health and human dignity in catastrophes.


The Red Cross is the world's leading first aid operator both in providing aid as well as training. First aid is often included in development cooperation programmes: first aid skills are taken to schools, women's groups or to the entire community as a part of disaster preparedness.