Myanmar: Appeal no. MAAMM002, 2009-2010 - Programme Update no. 2

Situation Report
Originally published


This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary:

The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) has been able to further capitalize on areas of work undertaken during the first six months of 2009, when MRCS resumed sectoral activities in states and divisions outside of the Cyclone Nargis-affected area. Prior to Cyclone Nargis striking the coastal region of the Ayeyarwaddy delta in May 2008, MRCS had a number of ongoing projects as well as programmatic and institutional commitments to further strengthen the national society's capacity, which subsequently needed to be placed on hold for the majority of 2008. Together with the resumption of project activities in late 2008, support has been provided to MRCS throughout 2009 to enable initial reflection on how the large-scale operation has impacted MRCS. This has culminated in further defining the areas for development which MRCS headquarters and branches will collectively address moving into 2010. The expected result being: MRCS will have a more defined and commonly understood framework for how they manage community-based services, motivate volunteers and address prioritized activities in disaster management, health and care as well as key areas for institutional development. Nargis recovery activities are ongoing, supported through the hub structures, enabling MRCS headquarters staff to slowly refocus on the capacity building approaches of their activities.