Although an ad hoc nucleus was formed during the First World War (1914-1918), Red Cross activities were not conducted on an organised basis until the early 1950s when the British Red Cross established an overseas Branch in the then Crown Colony of Fiji.
Following the granting of Independence to Fiji in 1970 the former Branch sought recognition as a National Society. National Society recognition was achieved in 1971 when the government officially recognised FRCS as an auxiliary to public authorities and as the only Red Cross Society in Fiji.
Today there are 16 FRCS Branches around the country: Rabi, Rotuma, Seaqaqa, Savusavu, Bua, Taveuni, Labasa, Levuka, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Sigatoka, Suva and Nalawa.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is made up of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the National Societies.
But where did it all begin? Henri Dunant is the founder of our movement. More about our history below.