This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2011
Programme outcome: In line with the strategic aims of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Strategy 2020 and the Malawi Red Cross Society’s (MRCS) Strategic Plan 2010-2014, the expected programme outcome is that communities are resilient to disasters and public health emergencies, with protected livelihoods and strengthened capacity to recover from disasters and crises, while promoting healthy and safe living, social inclusion and a culture of non violence.
During this period, some programme initiatives were important focus areas for MRCS such as disaster response and recovery (including recovery interventions for communities affected by an earthquake in Karonga district in 2002, as well as assistance to refugees at Dzaleka refugee camp); food security; community-based health (including maternal and child health, malaria and tuberculosis); water and sanitation; integrated HIV and AIDS programme interventions; MRCS branch and youth development as well as finance development. Progress was made under MRCS’ initiative for reducing the incidence of gender based violence in target communities, and supporting survivors and their families.
The National Society responded to floods that hit four districts of Malawi in April 2011, resulting in death and destruction and affecting 12,213 households. It carried out rapid assessments and provided temporary shelter and provided immediate relief assistance to the most vulnerable households in affected communities.