International Federation of the Blue Cross

The International Blue Cross is one of the world's leading non-governmental organisations, caring for people harmed by or at risk from alcohol or illicit drug use. Our project work in prevention, treatment & counselling and aftercare focuses primarily on young and vulnerable people, and on those in extreme poverty. Through carefully researched and targeted interventions we advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies at the national and international level. In doing so, we seek to draw positive and dignified attention to the issues faced by dependent people and their families. Our Vision: We see a world where all people can knowingly choose and live a life free of harmful addiction...
Support for Children of Alcoholics in Denmark
 
One in ten Danish children is negatively affected by parental alcohol consumption, and at least 122,000 Danish children grow up in families with outright abuse. The Blue Cross has two houses for children that offer care, counseling and treatment in an alcohol-free environment. They can spend time with their peers and seek support for the harm caused by their parents' addiction. project reportread updates from the field
Promote Healthy Aging in Finland
 
There is a growing aging population in Finland. By 2060 every 4th person will be 65+. Research shows that 62% of the Finnish aging population uses alcohol and 8% of these abuse it. Exceessive alcohol use in the elderly leads to loneliness, accidents, mixing with medication, binge drinking and using alcohol as self medication. The Finnish Blue Ribbon has created a groups to train professionals and offer peer support, advice and information to the aging population. project reportread updates from the field
Alcohol-free spaces for children in Greenland
 
A staggering 30% of children in Greenland are victims of their parents' excessive drinking. The Blue Cross in Denmark has committed to supporting Blue Cross Greenland in their mission to reduce alcohol-related harm, especially among children. project reportread updates from the field
KIDS Support Groups in Brazil
 
Children are vulnerable when their parents drink. KIDS Support Groups promote a place for welcoming and orientation for children affected by their parents' substance abuse as strategy of prevention and assistance to people in circumstances of social vulnerability and of hazard. Through targeted training of KIDS Group leaders/facilitators, the Blue Cross Brazil is expanding its successful program of Self Help to reach beyond the substance abusers and provide much needed care for family members. project reportread updates from the field
Give Childhood a Chance and Keep Youth Drug Free!
 
Addiction destroys families, children and community livelihood. The International Blue Cross works with 41 member organizations to reduce substance abuse, especially among youth, and improve alcohol policies to protect our youth. We see a world where children can grow up in safe, healthy families and live free from addiction. We also see a world where people already harmed by addiction have access to treatment. project reportread updates from the field
Life Skills and Peer Education for Chadian Youth
 
Life skills shape the behavior of youth by giving them the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about alcohol and drugs and associated risks, including the transmission of HIV/AIDs. Life skills lessons are taught through peer education, which is based on role modeling and the ability of young people to become leaders and agents of change through empowerment and support. project reportread updates from the field
Life Skills and Peer Education for 14,000 students
 
In Windhoek's most disadvantaged areas the use of alcohol and drugs is on the rise and drug-related crime is wide-spread. Blue Cross Namibia has developed a project in 15 Windhoek high schools to prevent substance abuse by empowering students through peer-educators to lead healthy lives. Children and youth are taught "life skills," participate in after-school activity clubs like chess or soccer and hold rallies/awareness events in the communities to fight addiction and promote a drug-free life. project reportread updates from the field
Fill the Cross - United Against Addiction
 
Most of us know someone who abuses alcohol or drugs. Each year, 3.3 million people die due to alcohol-related harm and millions of children around the world suffer because of their parent's abuse. They face social exclusion, shame and are 10 times more likely to become addicts themselves. Help the International Blue Cross this holiday season reduce harm to others and give these children a Christmas of joy and hope to remember. Join us for "Fill the Cross - United Against Addiction!" project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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