This report covers the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013
In 2013, up to 420,641 vulnerable people were reached through programmes and services conducted by the Myanmar Red Cross Society, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), exceeding the targeted number of people to be reached. The programme cost was CHF4,097,562 or 79 per cent of the budget for the year which was CHF 5,189,456.
During 2013, accomplishments for the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) revolve around disaster response, community-based programming and delivery of services in disaster risk reduction (DRR), health, water and sanitation, organizational development, promotion of humanitarian values and advocacy. Guided by the aim to build community safety and resilience (CSR), MRCS has begun to work with a more integrated and harmonized approach in the National Society’s existing community-based programming across all sectors to support vulnerable communities. Through the community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) programme as entry point to building community resilience, this approach has been more coordinated in response to the community plan of action, and has led to the identification of other priority areas to be addressed in the communities in the area of disaster risk reduction and water and sanitation. DRR as entry point to building community resilience has also started to employ a multi-sector approach, thus identifying health, and water and sanitation concerns in target communities with support for interventions. What has been identified to ensure better integration is to start the multi-sector approach from the design and conduct of community assessment which will lead to good multi-sector planning and effective support of community interventions.
This strategy was started in Mon State with regular discussion among the CSR steering committee members of MRCS as well as the working coordination of the CSR technical team composed of programme/project coordinators from the different programme divisions of MRCS.