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Who We Are

Baphalali Eswatini Red Cross Society is dedicated to alleviating human suffering through preparing and responding to disasters and epidemics at all times. Much of the BERCS' work is successfully carried out through a strong partnership and volunteer network.

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Our Mission & Fundemental Principles

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Vision - Partner Of Choice In Alleviating Human Suffering.

Mission - Saving Lives, Changing Minds, adn Empowering Communities To Sustain Themselves.

In all operations, Baphalali Eswatini Red Cross Society is guided by the Fundemental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

BERCS Fundemental Principle - Humanity


Protecting life and health, ensuring respect for the human being;while promoting mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation, and lasting peace amongst all people.

BERCS Fundemental Principle - Impartiality


No discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, or political opinions: giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

BERCS Fundemental Principle - Neutrality


In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the National Society may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious, or ideological nature.

BERCS Fundemental Principle - Independence


The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the human services to the government and subject to the laws of the country, must always maintain its autonomy so that it may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

BERCS Fundemental Principle - Voluntary Service

Voluntary Service

The National Society is not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

BERCS Fundemental Principle - Unity


There can only be one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry out its huminatarian work throughout its territory.

BERCS Fundemental Principle - Universality


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.

How It All began?

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In Swaziland, Red Cross started operating in 1933, where it operated as a British Red Cross branch. In 1970, His Majesty King Sobhuza II, the Patron, then named it Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society. In the same year, the Society was enacted by the 1970 act of Swazi Parliament referred here in as “The Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Act of Parliament”. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent & International committee of the Red Cross accepted the Society in October 1979.

The National Society has a management structure which is headed by the Secretary General; and is supported by Programmes, Finance and Administration, Head of Clinics based at the national office. Each region consists of a Field Coordinator and one Head Nurse in each of the three clinics who all oversee the implementation of BSRCS activities.

The National Society has formal partnerships with the following organizations: IFRC, ICRC, Finnish Red Cross, Belgian Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, and the Government of Swaziland. The National Society is implementing different programmes and projects with the aforementioned institutions and agreements are at varying levels of maturity.

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