The Lebanese Red Cross is led by volunteers whose mission is to provide relief to victims of natural and human disasters; to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies; and to mitigate the suffering of the most vulnerable. It was established on July 9, 1945 as an independent national society and recognized by the state as a public nonprofit organization and as an auxiliary team to the medical personnel of the Lebanese Army in 1946. In 1947, the Lebanese Red Cross joined the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which today has affiliates in 191 countries, and became a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It is also a founding member of the Secretariat General of the Organization of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies.
A 2020 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Lebanese Red Cross’s emergency response efforts after the explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020.