IRRC No. 48
The protection of the wounded and sick and the development of International Medical Law
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At the time of its creation in 1863, the Red Cross had as its first objective the protection of the wounded and sick, and the work of ensuring that these victims of armed conflict were given the medical attention they required. To carry out this project National Societies were formed and States signed the Geneva Convention of August 22, 1864.