About us

IBC at a glance

In many countries, the harmful use of alcohol and drugs hinder sustainable social and economic development. People live in precarious conditions in need, unemployment and without perspective. International Blue Cross is therefore committed to reducing the negative impact of alcohol and drug use worldwide and to enabling a constructive coexistence in societies - free of violence, oppression and addiction-related diseases! From Switzerland to the Faroe Islands, from Congo to Brazil - since 1886, IBC has been committed to those who live on the margins of society and seek to alleviate their hardship.

As a non-governmental umbrella organisation, IBC coordinates the activities of nearly 40 affiliated member organisations in 37 countries. They form a network that helps people on four continents lead an addictive-free life.

As a global health organisation, IBC also implements international development cooperation programmes in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Programme activities include alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and counselling as well as international policy advice and lobbying.

Since 2013, IBC implements programmes with local partners in the Republic of Chad, the Republic of the Congo and Togo.

More than 1,000 social workers, prevention experts and other professionals around the world under the Blue Cross flag care for people with alcohol and drug problems - and those at risk.

Our History

The origins of the Blue Cross movement and thus of the international umbrella organisation IBC go back to the 19th century. Alcohol problems were widespread in the society of that time. This prompted the Swiss pastor Louis-Lucien Rochat to get involved for those affected. Together with his colleagues, he tried to alleviate the suffering of alcohol-dependent people. His commitment led to the official founding of the Blue Cross on 21 September 1877 in Geneva.

Soon, the Blue Cross movement spread beyond the Swiss borders. This created the need to unite the individual groups under one international umbrella organisation. That's why the "Comité International" was founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) in 1886 - and thus the International Blue Cross was born. Soon the movement not only crossed national borders but also spread beyond Europe: in 1906 the first non-European Blue Cross organisation was founded in Africa, Ghana. Today, nearly 40 national organisations from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America are part of the International Blue Cross.

Fields of work

Advocacy

Structural prevention of substance abuse harm requires evidence-based alcohol and drug policies. IBC acts to encourage such policies, monitoring local progress, and advocating the need to protect alcohol policy development from interference by economic interests. IBC supports SAFER, the WHO-led initiative that aims to reduce harmful use of alcohol by 10% by 2025.

Prevention

The IBC approach to prevention combines individual (behavioral) and structural prevention with community action. It is a comprehensive approach. Behavioural change is enabled by offering Life Skills Programmes. It is a proven IBC solution to prevent drug and alcohol harm and provide people with what they need for good mental health and wellbeing. The IBC Life Skills-Programme for youth is delivered in international development cooperation programmes.

Treatment and Counselling

National Blue Cross organisations around the world offer intervention, treatment and counselling services to people and their significant others affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling. Blue Cross has a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach; a variety of treatment models are used to respond to each these human needs.

Support Groups

The national Blue Cross organisations around the world facilitate mutual and self-help groups, creating healthy living communities. People with the same disease or in similar life situations meet regularly in support groups. The groups are an important part of the recovery process after treatment or after a rehabilitation program. The groups are effective to prevent a relapse into addiction. Groups are facilitated by Blue Cross professionals or volunteers. Based on mutual support, aftercare groups provide a community experience, personal growth, increased confidence and a greater sense of meaning in life

Other

National Blue Cross organisations offer a range of re-integration support services customized to the regions they serve, such as Drop in Centres, Solutions for Homelessness and Pre-Employment schemes. They all aim at establishing an independent and meaningful life.

Organisational Structure

The International Blue Cross (IBC) is a non-governmental organisation that unites 40 national Blue Cross organisations under one umbrella, creating a worldwide network for advancing a common cause. We bundle professional expertise and know-how of the various Blue Cross organisations, allowing us to utilize and integrate each organisation´s experiences effectively locally and on the international level. The member organisations are the main provider of Blue Cross services and are represented by the board (Network Committee).

General Assembly

Our main representative and deliberative organ is the General Assembly, the supreme decision making authority of the International Blue Cross. Each member organisation is entitled to send one representative to the Assembly. The General Assembly congregates every four years, at which time it elects and delegates governing authority to the Network Committee (board) of the International Blue Cross. The General Assembly also takes decisions that provide direction and guidance on key issues affecting the strategy and activities of the Blue Cross movement worldwide.

Network Committee

The Network Committee is the governing body of IBC.

Albert Moukolo, Switzerland
Ph.D. External Staff of the University of Lausanne
President of the International Blue Cross
Member of the Network Committee since 1999

Reinhard Jahn, Germany
Managing Director Blue Cross Germany
Vice President of International Blue Cross
Member of Network Committee since 2008

Rolf Hartmann, Brazil
President Blue Cross Brazil
Member of Network Committee since 2008

Hans Eglin, Switzerland
Central Board Blue Cross Switzerland
Member of Network Committee since 2016

Fanjanirina Holiarisoa Rasolomanana, Madagascar
Priestess and Program Coordinator of Blue Cross Madagascar
Member of Network Committee since 2012

Palesa Phelane, South Africa
Chairman of the Youth Blue Cross South Africa
Member Network Committee since 2016

Ingalill Söderberg, Sweden
Journalist and Community Representative
Member of the Network Committee since 2012

Holger Lux, Romania
Managing Director, Director of Rehabilitation Center for addicted Men of House of Nazareth in Romania
Member Network Committee since 2008

Revocatus Nginila, Tanzania
Project Coordinator Blue Cross Tanzania
Member of Network Committee since 2016

Secretariat

The General Secretariat of IBC coordinates the networking with the member organisations and supports them in topics such as programme implementation, fundraising and strategic planning. Furthermore, the Secretariat implements international development programmes with local partners and member organisations in Africa.

The headquarter of the international secretariat of the International Blue Cross is located in Bern, Switzerland.

Anne Babb, Finland
General Secretary

Katrin Schmidt, Switzerland
Finance Officer

Flavia Ganarin, Switzerland
Program Officer

Sonja Pönisch, Germany
Networking and Administration

Anja Tuchtenhagen, Germany
Fundraising and Public Relations

Noemi Zulauf, Switzerland
Administrative Support

Members

The International Blue Cross is the non-governmental umbrella organisation that represents the work of its around 40 national member organisations at the international level. The members are all independent, non-denominational Christian associations and dedicated to further the mandate of the Blue Cross movement as articulated in its vision and mission, according to specified standards of professional ethics and core Blue Cross values - namely respect, dignity, solidarity, inclusiveness, and care for others.

All Blue Cross national member organisations are required to adhere to a set of membership criteria agreed by the General Assembly. These criteria cover:

  • Organisational establishment and information
  • Governance
  • Values and ethics
  • Standards of management, socio-developmental and professional practice
  • Payment of membership fees
  • Obligations towards other Blue Cross members at the regional and international levels

Blue Cross national member organisations are expected to exist before applying for membership or to quickly develop into locally accountable and self-sustaining organisations. This means that in addition to having a local membership base they need to implement viable activities that are contributing to addressing issues relating to alcohol- and illicit drug-related harm.

Requests for affiliation are received and examined by the Secretariat and following initial inquiries are submitted to the Network Committee (board) of the International Blue Cross for consideration, acceptance or rejection.

Contact for more InformationSonja PönischAdministrative CoordinatorTel: +41 (0)31 301 98 04Email

National Blue Cross Organisations

Today, the Blue Cross is active in 37 countries on four continents around the globe. Each of these countries has a national Blue Cross organisation which is a member of the International Blue Cross. Please find below a list of these members.

Africa

Blue Cross of Botswana

P.O. Box 40343
BW-Gaborone
Botswana

kasongolex@yahoo.com

Alex Kasongo

Blue Cross Burkina Faso

01 BP 4208
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso

Phone: 00226 70256604
secretairege_cbf@yahoo.fr

Séni Jean CONGO

Blue Cross Cameroon

B.P. 6577
CM-Douala
Cameroon

nkoegouo22013@gmail.com
cameroonbluecross@gmail.com

Bernadette Nkoegouo

Croix-Bleue Tchadienne

B.P. 4284
TD - N'Djaména
Chad

mbangtonoujustin12@gmail.com

Samadji Mbangtonou

Blue Cross Côte d'Ivoire

17 B.P. 391
CI Abidjan 17
Côte d'Ivoire

laurentgbanta@yahoo.fr

Akre Laurent Gbanta

Croix-Bleue de la RDC

54, Ludisi Q/7 Comm. De N’djili
B.P. 177
KIN-20 Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo

ngombojerome@yahoo.fr

Jérôme Ngombo Diankanga

Ghana Blue Cross Society

P.O. Box GP 13 017
GH Accra
Ghana

achiesco@yahoo.com

Patrick Acheampong

Blue Cross Kenya

P.O. Box 5564
KE 100 Nairobi GPO
Kenya

shemsmai@hotmail.com
http://bluecrosskisumu.org/

Ishmael Shem

Blue Cross Lesotho

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Lesotho

mjlfmokebisa@yahoo.com

Mojalefa Mokebisa

Croix-Bleue Malagasy

Lot IV-A 11 Antaninandro
MG 101 Antananarivo
Madagascar

ramandrosoa@moov.mg

Rev. Ramandrosoa Herisolo

Blue Cross of Nigeria

Rev. Vasco Abudu
Blue Cross of Nigeria
4.Omorodion Steet, Evbuotubu Rd
Box 1827
Benin City / 30,0001 Edo State
Nigeria

vabudu@yahoo.com

Joseph Oseghale

Croix-Bleue du Congo

B.P. 13 731
475 Avenue Fulbert
Brazzaville
Republic of the Congo

Phone: +242 559 58 46
abelmoukolo@yahoo.fr

Zepherin Abel Moukolo

Blue Cross South Africa

PO Box 5753
Giyani
0826
South Africa

juliusphelane@gmail.com

Julius Phelane

Blue Cross Tanzania

St. Anrdrew's Parish Town Library
P.O. Box 471
TZ Ifakara
Tanzania

abbcstz4@yahoo.com
https://bluecrosssocietytanzania.wordpress.com/

Vincent Pagungire

Croix-Bleue Togolaise

B.P. 6127
TG Lomé
Togo

motchonayaovi@yahoo.fr

Ayaovi Motchon

Ring of Hope - Blue Cross Uganda

Butiki Mataala-Mafubira Sub County
P.O. Box 1861
Jinja
Uganda

ringofhopeuganda@yahoo.com
https://www.ringofhopeuganda.com/

Jackson Isabirye

Asia

Blue Cross of India

37, Ravi Nagar
Khajarana Road
Indore 452018, MP
India

rmittal99@hotmail.com
www.bluecrossindia.org

Rakesh Mittal

Blue Cross Samaritan Home

8-18 Fujino 4-3 chome
JP-061-2284 Minami-ku
Sapporo
Japan

samariya@gf7.so-net.ne.jp
https://samariyakai.com/

Mr. Kazuo SAITOH

Blue Cross of Russia

c/o Jürgen Paschke
Irisstraße 9
29227 Celle
Russia

BCRussia@gmx.de

Jürgen Paschke

Europe

Blue Cross in Austria

Tischlerstrasse 27
4050 Traun
Austria

Phone: +43 (0) 699 / 1465 1901
info@blaueskreuz.at
www.blaueskreuz.at

Horst Koger

Blue Cross Czech Republic

Modrý kríž v Ceské republice, o.s.
ul. Šadový 311
737 01 Ceský Tešín
Czech Republic

Phone: +420 595 534 521
centrala@modrykriz.org
www.modrykriz.org

Mgr. Jan Czudek

Blå Kors Danmark

Suensonsvej 1
DK 8600 Silkeborg
Denmark

Phone: 8681 1500
bkd@blaakors.dk
www.blaakors.dk

Christian Bjerre

Blái Krossur Faroe Islands

Heiðavegur 6
FO-620 Runavík
Faroe Islands

Phone: 298 470 700
blakross@blakross.fo
www.blakross.fo

Dakko Petersen

Sininauhaliitto, Blue Ribbon

Opastinsilta 7 A
00520 Helsinki
Finland

Phone: +358 (0)50 590 9339
toimisto@sininauha.fi
www.sininauhaliitto.fi

Teemu Tiensuu

Société française de la Croix-Bleue

189. Rue Belliard
FR 75018 Paris
France

Phone: 01 42 28 37 37
cbleue@club-Internet.fr
www.croixbleue.fr

Alain Charpentier

Blaues Kreuz in Deutschland e.V.

Bundeszentrale
Schubertstraße 41
42289 Wuppertal
Germany

Phone: 0202/62003-0
bkd@blaues-kreuz.de
www.blaues-kreuz.de

Reinhard Jahn

Magyar Kékkereszt Egyesület

XV Alagi tér 13
1151 Budapest
Hungary

iroda@kekkereszt.org
www.kekkereszt.org

Katalin Némethné Balogh

Blå Kors i Norge

Storgata 38
N-0182 Oslo
Norway

Phone: +47 (0)22 03 27 40
post@blakors.no
www.blakors.no

Jan Elverum

Blekitny Krzyz w Polsce

Blekitny Krzyz w Polsce Sp. z o.o.
ul. Dzwonkowa 138
43-384 Jaworze
Poland

Phone: +48 (0)33 817 28 38
sekretariat@bk-europe.pl
www.bk-europe.pl

Dr. Roman Wojnar

Cruz Azul de Portugal

Rua da Escola de Brejos Clérigos, 290
2925-806 Brejos de Azeitão
Portugal

Phone: +351 963 828 974
cruzazul.pt@cruzazul.pt
www.cruzazul.pt

Samuel Dias

Crucea Albastrá din România

Str. Principala 405
RO 557270 Sura Mica Jud. Sibiu
Romania

olmarius@yahoo.com
https://www.dependenta.org/

Marius Oltean

Blå Bandet

Princess Hall
Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14
SE 115 27 Stockholm
Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8 667 62 52
kansliet@blabandet.se
www.blabandet.se

Per-Olof Svensson, per-olof.svensson@blabandet.se

Blaues Kreuz Schweiz

Lindenrain 5
3012 Bern
Switzerland

Phone: +41 31 300 58 60
Fax: +41 31 300 58 69
info@blaueskreuz.ch
www.blaueskreuz.ch

Didier Rochat

Blaues Kreuz Ukraine

ul. Maschinastraitelnaja 61
UA-87520 Mariupol Donetskaja Oblast
Ukraine

heinzu.martinanitzs@rambler.ru
http://www.blaueskreuz-mariupol.org/

Heinz Nitzsche

South America

Cruz Azul no Brasil

Rua São Paulo, 3424. Bairro Itoupava Seca.
89.030-000 – Blumenau – SC

President: Rolf Hartmann
General Secretary: Geral: Egon Schlüter
Brazil

Phone: (047) 3035-8400
cruzazul@cruzazul.org.br
www.cruzazul.org.br

Avila Luis Carlos

Comunidades La Roca

Merced Oriente 60
Viña del Mar
Chile

Phone: +56 2 2696 70 77
bluecrosschile@gmail.com

Ivan Alvarado Vega

Corporación Carpe Diem

Lo Espejo 0280
El Bosque
Santiago de Chile
Chile

Phone: +56 2 2696 70 77
bluecrosschile@gmail.com
www.carpediemct.cl

Rubén Pavez

Blue Cross Paraguay

Oficina central: Paso de Patria 3162
telefono 560556/7
Facebook: Grupo de apoyo el camino
Paraguay

www.elcamino.org.py

Pst. Felix Duarte Dupont (Dr.h.c.)

National Blue Cross Youth Organisations

Additionally, some countries have a national Blue Cross youth association. These are considered independent members of the International Blue Cross in order to give youth in the worldwide Blue Cross movement a voice and special significance.

According to the IBC statutes, Blue Cross youth associations have a representative in the IBC-Network Committee (board). The current representative for the youth associations is Palesa Phelane from South Africa.

Europe

Blaues Kreuz in Deutschland e.V. - bluprevent

Schubertstraße 41
42289 Wuppertal
Germany

Phone: 0160-3802392
b.becker@blaues-kreuz.de
www.vollfrei.de und www.bluprevent.de

Benjamin Becker

Blåkors Ungdom

Postboks 4793,
Sofienberg
0506 Oslo
Norway

Phone: 2203 2740
ungdom@blakors.no
www.blakorsungdom.no

Sveriges Blåbandsungdom

Princess Hall
Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14
SE 115 27 Stockholm
Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8 667 62 52
kansliet@sbu.nu
www.sbu.nu

Blaues Kreuz Schweiz

Blaues Kreuz
Prävention + Gesundheitsförderung
Geschäftsstelle Deutschschweiz
Lindenrain 5
Postfach 8957
3001 Bern
Switzerland

Phone: 031/302 13 75
www.blaueskreuz.ch

Didier Rochat