Maldives

Maldives: Appeal No. MAAMV001 Programme Update No. 1

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This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2010

"In moving towards 2020, the Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies, supported by their secretariat, are resolved to do more, do better, and reach further by building on past achievements and established comparative advantage. These are derived from the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our shared values, respected symbols, privileged legal status, and diverse worldwide capacities for voluntary action at community level and giving national and global voice to the concerns of vulnerable people."

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Programme purpose: To support the development and delivery of relevant community-based programmes and services by the new Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) national society which aims to save lives, reduce and limit the most urgent underlying causes of vulnerability; promote healthy and safe living; and mobilize volunteers, in a new national society supported to build its capacity to function effectively and fulfil its mandate.

Programme summary: With the new MRC having its first General Assembly in August 2009 and recruiting its secretary-general in September of the same year, the start of 2010 provided key challenges to prepare and reinforce its capacity to deliver essential services to its communities, particularly the most vulnerable groups according to its mandate, and guided by Strategy 2020. The reporting period is an overview of accomplishments, challenges, and plans for the future to build a well-functioning national society, aiming to be fully recognized by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in the near future.

This report includes coverage of programme development and actual capacity building of established branches in order to reach the different islands of the country guided by a national headquarters which is undertaking capacity building and resource mobilization to support national activities. A total of four branches have been established to date and another three are in formation. The branches are strategically located in the North, Central and South of the country, with the aim of ensuring nationwide coverage. The branches have received initial capacity building support particularly in the conduct of vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) by trained volunteers from the respective islands, and to start a community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) programme. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) related activities are also planned to start in the islands through VCA, where the branches have already been established. Each branch, which consists of a minimum of two units, is tasked with the responsibility of extending support to the established MRC units in the islands within its respective territory, and to eventually determine the mechanism of support to other islands.

Financial situation: The total budget for 2010 is CHF 1,069,555 (USD 1.0 million or EUR 814,565), of which 52 per cent is covered. Expenditure overall from January to May 2010 was 50.4 per cent of the budget or 98 per cent of available income. With MRC now starting to support its established branches in programme development and actual service delivery, there is foreseeable increase in expenditure in the coming months. It is therefore hoped that the target budget will be raised and supported by donors within the Movement as soon as possible, to enable the new National Society to carry out and implement its plan and fulfil its mandate.

Aside from Canadian Red Cross and the Hong Kong branch of Red Cross Society of China being the major donors during the initial stage of implementation, current support from British Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Hong Kong branch of Red Cross Society of China and ICRC will greatly contribute to sustain the nascent National Society. The Republic of Korea Red Cross also recently indicated its intention to provide long term support to MRC.