The year of 2009 was an rewarding period for the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) as it highlighted the National Society's accomplishments since its establishment 70 years ago, and demanding as the country faced a number of natural disasters and public health emergencies unprecedented in the last decade.
With technical and financial assistance from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), MRCS has been able to address community needs in many areas of health and social care as well as disaster response and relief through its development programmes and emergency operations.
The community-based approach is becoming more and more familiar to the National Society staff and volunteers as being accepted as an effective way of making the targeted community resilient and powerful through their active participation in the planning, implementation and monitoring process. The MRCS is making an effort towards introducing and incorporating this approach into the existing and new development programmes.
Organizational development remains as a high priority for the National Society and this year's key achievements have been the salary harmonization of the headquarters' staffs, progress in the financial development project, and a more integrated way of working among programme managers at the headquarters.