This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2011.
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.
The reporting period covered programme development and 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 ten branches have been established to date. 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.
MRC has firmly set its goal in meeting the ten conditions of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in becoming a full-fledged member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) by the next General Assembly of IFRC in November 2011.
Financial situation: The appeal budget is CHF 800,528 (USD 1,043,041 or EUR 737,106). Appeal coverage is 90 per cent. Expenditure from January to June was 41 per cent per cent of the overall 2011 budget.
The MRC annual plan is being supported by the British Red Cross, Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China, Japanese Red Cross and tsunami-related funds allocated by the Asia Pacific Zone office. ICRC has also extended assistance to MRC to promote the Fundamental Principles of the Movement. Additionally, the Canadian Red Cross continues to support for DRR climate change adaptation (CCA).
No. of people reached: A total of 13 people (staff and volunteers) from MRC have been trained in the second phase of emergency first response team (EFRT) training. With this, there is now a total of 28 persons trained.
As for membership recruitment to date, MRC has a total of 700 members and 300 volunteers including the governing board.
Our partners: Partner national societies who currently support MRC include British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Red Cross Society of China, Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China and Japanese Red Cross Society. Also within the Movement, MRC is supported by ICRC.
Other organizations who work with MRC include UNICEF, UNDP, World Health Organization (WHO), island authorities, Ministry of Health and Family, Ministry of Education, National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), and the Faculty of Health Sciences.
On behalf of the Maldivian Red Crescent, IFRC would like to thank all contributors and donors for their support to the national society.