The patron of the society shall be the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The President shall extend all the necessary assistance to the Society in the attainment of its purposes, in securing wider public acceptance and in promoting its activities. Her Excellency Mrs. Sahlework Zewdie currently holds the position of patron for the Ethiopian Red Cross Society.

Message from the Patron

“The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) has played a leading role in addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable communities across the country, even in times of conflict. Guided by strategic plans, ERCS’s efforts have effectively tackled challenges and opportunities. While the organization has made significant strides in saving lives, protecting livelihoods, and disaster management, there remains an ongoing need for humanitarian support. The current 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is considered crucial for elevating the National Society’s impact. It identifies achievements, challenges, and outlines future responsibilities aligned with the organization’s founding principles. This comprehensive approach aims to enhance ERCS’s mission and vision. However, ERCS acknowledges the persisting challenges in an ever-changing humanitarian landscape, influenced by socio-economic factors. Overcoming these challenges requires resourcefulness and self-reliance. ERCS remains committed to meeting the expectations of vulnerable populations, relying on its dedicated volunteers, members, partners, and staff. The management’s dedication in formulating this strategic document and its associated program plan is commendable, as acknowledged by the Society’s governance.”



ERCS Patron

Former Patrons

Dr. Mulatu Teshome
7th Oct 2013 – 25th Oct 2018

Girma Welde-Giorgis
8th Oct 2001 – 7th Oct 2013

Dr. Negasso Gidada
22th Aug 1995 – 8th Oct 2001

Tamrat Layne
1991 – 1995

Fikresilassie Wogderes
1oth Sep 1987 – 21th May 1991

Brigader General Teferi Benti
28th Nov 1974 – 3rd Feb 1977

L.G Aman Mikael Andom
12th Sep 1974 – 17th Nov 1974

Emperor Haile Selassie
1930 – 1974