IFRC has continued supporting institutional reforms initiated by SLRCS to reposition the organization and empower its branches. The Re-Engineering, initiated by the National Society, has moved into a strategic ‘Way Forward Beyond Re-Engineering’ (WF-BFR) phase. The objective now is to focus on gaps to strengthen sustainability of Red Cross programming. A series of consultative meetings have been held to analyse capacities, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges faced by the National Society, and based on the outcomes of these reflections SLRCS developed its new strategic plan which articulates SLRCS vision and priorities for 2015-2017. New strategic plan is approved by the Central Governing Board (CGB).
T10 Summit; to commemorate Tsunami 10th year anniversary and to appreciate the generous support extended by the partners in the Tsunami operation was held in Colombo. It also provided an opportunity to the representatives of the partner national societies to visit project sites to see the impact of the contribution made. Further a partnership forum followed to present SLRCS’s strategic plan and new programs under the future humanitarian mandate of SLRCS, where interested national societies could support.
A significant work was undertaken to review and summarise SLRCS disaster preparedness and response framework together with its contingency plan to a Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for flood response. Further developed a branch contingency plans (CP), conducted simulation exercises to enable branch disaster response teams (BDRT) to obtain ground experience. Branch disaster response teams training, recovery training, and water safety trainings were conducted to improve skills of volunteers and staff to be better prepared to face disaster situations. With generous support of the Hong Kong Branch of China Red Cross (HKRC), SLRCS replenished its contingency stocks.
The integrated programme for community safety and resilience (IPCR), which was launched in 2012, continued in 15 of the island’s 25 districts. The programme supports a number of community-led initiatives addressing various risks posed by natural and human-made hazards, poor hygiene, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, malnutrition and diseases.
SLRCS partnered with Ministry of Disaster Management to organize the Disaster Management Conference “The future we want - A Safer Sri Lanka” in October 2015. SLRCS capitalized the opportunity to increase awareness of inter group and decision makers on SLRCS approaches on disaster management, resilient building, and climate change adaptation. The AP director of Zone, Jagan Chapagain was a special guest for this event.