Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Sierra Leone Red Cross is one of 188 national Red Cross Red Crescent societies. It embodies the work and principles of the Movement. It acts as auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and provides a range of services including dissemination, disaster management, relief, health and social services.
‘‘A nationwide Society empowered by the difference we make in the lives of vulnerable communities in partnership with our stakeholders. A respected steward of funds, providing timely and targeted preventive and responsive services in support of:
- Respect for the human being
- A healthy Society
- Alleviation of suffering and
The promotion of the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement’’
The National Society forms part of the basic units and constitute a vital force of the Movement. We carry out humanitarian activities in conformity with our own statutes and national legislation, in pursuance of the mission of the Movement, and in accordance with the Fundamental Principles.
In Sierra Leone as a result of an outbreak of influenza in 1918, several wives of the British colonial officials formed a social welfare organization to combat the epidemic.
In 1924, the organization began taking care of mothers and children, and in 1937 it was established as a branch of the British Red Cross, During the 1950s, divisions were set up in Bo, Makeni and Kenema.
By an Act of Parliament, the Government of Sierra Leone established the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society in July 1962. The Act was revised in 2012 by the Government of Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society has a constitution the purpose of which is to provide a system of fundamental laws to the staff and members of the organization. The constitution also exists to assist the society in the efficient and orderly conduct of the society’s business.
In 1963, the ICRC recognized the SLRCS as the 90th national society in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and afterwards, it became a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Sierra Leone became party to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 in 1965, and the Additional Protocols of 1977, 1986 and 2006.
SLRCS comprises a General Assembly, the Finance Commission and the Governing Board. It also has a regional structures represented by Regional Representatives who are also members of the National Governing Board that ensures the extension of Red Cross activities throughout the districts and Western Area.
The Society has a Headquarters Secretariat on 6 Liverpool Street in Freetown and three regional offices in Makeni, Bo and Kenema. It also has twelve branches in the regions and one in the Western Area. The branch offices are headed by District Managers and the Branch Chairman as head of the governance branch level.
The General Assembly represents the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society as a whole and is the highest authority of the organization. It is composed of members of the Governing Board, chairmen of the branch executive committees, elected representatives of branches on a proportional basis and two National Youth Executive members.