The Belgian Red Cross is an independent volunteer organization, and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Our mission is threefold: to defend the interests of vulnerable people both at home and abroad, to be proactive in emergency-management, promoting self-reliance and organizing blood supply, and to care for vulnerable individuals. In all our activities, we rely heavily on volunteering, professional management and innovation. The Belgian Red Cross supports all of its core activities with evidence-based practice and research. See www.redcross.be for more information.