This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010
• The lives of vulnerable people are improved through increased organizational preparedness in disaster response by the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) and through community participation in risk reduction activities.
• The number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases is reduced.
• The organizational structure and capacity of MRCS is improved at all levels for efficient and effective delivery of community-based services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in Myanmar.
• MRCS is able to proactively advocate for vulnerable people and mobilize adequate support to meet their needs.
Although the emergency and recovery operations of the cyclones Giri and Nargis diverted its attention and resources, MRCS managed to complete most of its planned activities in accordance with the country plan for 2010.
MRCS focused its efforts on improving its organizational preparedness in disaster response and strengthening disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities at community and school levels. Progress was made in the gradual upgrading of regional warehouses. MRCS put in place its nationwide multi-hazard contingency plan and its standard operating procedure (SOP) for localized disasters. It assessed its disaster preparedness capacity by using the checklist of a well-prepared national society (WPNS) self assessment (phase III) in 2010. The society’s disaster management policy adopted in 2003, was revised and put into effect in September 2010. MRCS was included in the first and second rounds of IFRC’s regional DIPECHO programme and implemented phase 2 of the preparedness on climate change programme. (PCCP).
With the support of IFRC, MRCS has been conducting the Cyclone Giri emergency relief operation aimed at assisting 13,912 most affected households in four townships of Rakhine state through the provision of nonfood items, hygiene and health promotion, and water and sanitation services.