The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS), referred to as the National Society, was established in April 1948 as a Branch of the British Red Cross, and became an Independent National Society on 5th October 1966, following the signing of the Geneva Conventions 1966 by the Government of The Gambia. In November 10th, 1974, the National Society was recognized as the 122nd member of the International Committee of the Red Cross and admitted to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on October 29th, 1975.It’s constitution / statutes are based on the Geneva Conventions and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality).


The GRCS is officially recognized by the Government of The Gambia as a humanitarian relief organization, auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian and development fields and the Medical Services of the Armed Forces. In relation to the public authorities, the GRCS maintains its independence and neutrality which allows it to act in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of the Movement.


The GRCS is a legally constituted organization with legal status and term of existence unlimited. It is operating in all the seven (7) administrative regions / areas in The Gambia and has thousands of active volunteers across the country who are well trained in different areas of intervention of the National Society. The Society has won the trust and confidence of the communities and Partners and is currently the largest Humanitarian Institution with strong network of volunteers in The Gambia.


56 Mamadi Maniyang Highway, Kanifing, P.O. Box 472, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa

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