Helena Korhonen has worked for the Finnish Red Cross since 1973. Initially an Information Officer, she was appointed Director of Information in December 1981. Apart from information activities, her responsibilities included raising funds for international assistance. From March 1986 to July 1989 she was based at the League Regional Delegation in Harare, Zimbabwe, as Public Affairs Delegate for Southern Africa. On her return to the Finnish Red Cross in August 1989, she was appointed Head of Development Programmes.