Young Swiss businessman, Jean Henry Dunant appalled by the condition of the wounded soldieries, he happened to see on the battlefield of Solferino, Italy in 1859 during the Franco-Austrian war, arranged relief services with the book ‘Memory of Solferino’ suggesting that a neutral organization be established to aid the release of this book, an international conference was convened in Geneva to consider the suggestions of Henry Dunant and thus the Red Cross Movement was born. International Red Cross Movement was established by the Geneva Convention of 1863. The name and the emblem of the movement were derived from the reversal of the Swiss national flag, to honor the country in which Red Cross was found. Now the Red Cross movement comprises 186 National Societies and millions of volunteers globally.
Indian Red Cross Society was constituted under the Act of Parliament known as “INDIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY” Act XV of 1920. His Excellency the Governor of Andhra Pradesh is the President and the Honorable Chief Minister is the Vice-President of Indian Red Cross Society A. P. State Branch. At the District level, Collector & District Magistrate is the President of the Red Cross District Branch, Kakinada. Our Indian Red Cross Society District Branch, Kakinada started in the Year 1928.
The Red Cross Society aims to inspire, encourage and initiate at all times, all forms of humanitarian activities so the human suffering can be minimized, alleviated and even prevented, and thus contribute to creating a more congenial atmosphere for peace.