International Blue Cross is a Major Temperance Organization

The International Blue Cross is legally the International Federation of the the Blue Cross (IFBC). It’s members are 41 national interdenominational Christian organizations. The International Blue Cross serves as an umbrella. Its mission focuses on reducing alcohol consumption and illicit drug use.

The Blue Cross was established in Bern, Switzerland, in 1886. That was during a strong and growing temperance movement. The Federation’s mission reflects its temperance origins. It calls for much higher taxes on alcoholic beverages. The Blue Cross works to achieve maximum alcohol prices. It favors the elimination of alcohol beverage marketing. The federation strives to reduce the availability of alcohol to everyone. The Blue Cross might be described as neo-prohibitionist.

National Groups Comprising the International Blue Cross.

  1. Angola (Cruz Azul de Angola).
  2. Austria (Blue Cross in Austria).
  3. Benin (Croix-Bleue du Bénin).
  4. Botswana (Blue Cross of Botswana).
  5. Brazil (Cruz Azul do Brasil).
  6. Burkina Faso (Blue Cross Burkina Faso).
  7. Cameroon (Croix-Bleue du Cameroun).
  8. Chad (Croix Bleue du Tchad).
  9. Chile (Corporación Carpe Diem).
  10. Czech Republic (Blue Cross Czech Republic).
  11. Democratic Republic of the Congo (Croix-Bleue de la RDC).
  12. Denmark (Blå Kors Danmark).
  13. Faroe Islands (Blái Krossur).
  14. Finland (Sininauhaliitto).
  15. France (Société française de la Croix-Bleue).
  16. Germany (Blaues Kreuz in Deutschland e.V.)
  17. Ghana (Ghana Blue Cross Society).
  18. Hungary (Magyar Kékkereszt Egyesület).
  19. India (Blue Cross of India).
  20. Ivory Coast (Croix-Bleue de la Cote d’Ivoire).
  21. Kenya (Blue Cross Kenya).
  22. Latvia (Blue Cross Latvia).
  23. Lesotho (Blue Cross Lesotho).
  24. Madagascar (Croix-Bleue malagasy).
  25. Mozambique (Cruz Azul da IPM).
  26. Namibia (Blue Cross Namibia).
  27. Nigeria (Blue Cross of Nigeria).
  28. Norway (Blå Kors i Norge).
  29. Paraguay (El Camino).
  30. Poland (Blekitny Krzyz w Polsce).
  31. Portugal (Cruz Azul de Portugal).
  32. Republic of the Congo (Croix-Bleue du Congo).
  33. Romania (Crucea Albastrá din România).
  34. Russian Federation (Blue Cross Russia).
  35. Serbia (Plavi Krst Jugoslavije).
  36. South Africa (Blue Cross South Africa).
  37. Sweden (Sveriges Blåbandsförbund).
  38. Switzerland (Blaues Kreuz Schweiz).
  39. Tanzania (Blue Cross of Tanzania).
  40. Togo (Croix-Bleue togolaise).
  41. Ukraine (Blaues Kreuz Ukraine).

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In addition, some countries have national Blue Cross youth associations. These are considered members of the International Blue Cross. Together, the Blue Cross youth associations have a representative on the 11-member board of the Federation.

  1. Germany (Ugendwerk des Blauen Kreuzes in Deutschland e.V.).
  2. Norway (Blåkors Ungdom).
  3. Sweden (Sveriges Blåbandsungdom).
  4. Switzerland (Blaues Kreuz).

The International Blue Cross also partners with diverse groups. This promotes information sharing, coordination of activities, mutual learning and joint political advocacy.


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