To support the development and delivery of relevant community-based programmesand services by the new Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) National Society which aims to save lives, reduce andlimit 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.
Marking its first anniversary on 16 August 2010, MRC has firmly set their goal in meeting the 10 conditions of International Committee of the Red Cross in becoming a full-fledged member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Societies by the next General Assembly of the International Federation in November 2011.
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 six branches have been established to date and another four are to be formed by the end of February 2011. The branches are strategically located in major regions of the country with a community based health and first aid (CBHFA) programme as an initial activity by trained volunteers in the communities. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) related activities are also planned to start in the islands through vulnerability and capacity assessment (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.