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Henry Pomeroy Davison , founding father of the League of Red Cross Societies. (Picture from: www.redcross.int ) The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (initially known as the League of Red Cross Societies) is a humanitarian institution that is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement along with the ICRC and 187 distinct National Societies . [ 1 ] Founded in 1919 and based in Geneva , Switzerland , it coordinates activities between the National Societies in order "to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity". [ 2 ] On an international level, the Federation leads and organizes, in close cooperation with the National Societies, relief assistance missions responding to large-scale emergencies.
IFRC in Haiti