The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is advancing the development of policy research to support advocacy and action for enhanced response to and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) in disasters.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has continuously strived to respond to the needs of communities and build their resilience to disasters at a local level. ‘Community engagement’ is an approach that puts people …
40 year old Shamshad cannot read or write. She does not understand the official national language of Pakistan, and speaks only in her local tongue of Sindhi. She and her husband Nasrullah earn 6,000 rupees a month (59 Swiss francs), cultivating grains …
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with over 240 million in habitants. It consists of more than 17,500 islands, about one third of which are in habited. Disasters are never far from the people of Indonesia. Its geographical and …
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This case study seeks to document and examine a good practice example of how accountability to beneficiaries (AtB) is being achieved as part of the disaster risk reduction (DRR) element of the Red Cross Consortium1 funded ‘Maternal, Newborn and Child Healthcare” (MNCH) programme being implemented by the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) in Myanmar.
According to the World Health Organisation, malaria affects an estimated 219 million people worldwide and kills up to 655,000 each year. While the majority of cases are in the African continent, the region of South-East Asia accounts for around 15 per cent of malaria cases. In recent years, National Red Cross Societies in the Mekong-sub region have been supporting national governments and health authorities in responding to threats of malaria.
Resilient communities are generally thought to be knowledgeable and connected. The Integrated Community Based Risk Reduction approach (ICBRR) adopted by Indonesian Red Cross Society-Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) supported by its partners, French Red Cross and The Netherlands Red Cross, recognizes and aims to influence and strengthen community knowledge and awareness of disasters, as well as assisting with the formation of effective connections between the community and external agencies that can assist the community in the event of a disaster.
In April 2012, an earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale struck near the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert. Within hours, the earthquake was followed by an after-shock of 8.2 magnitude, causing widespread panic amongst communities in the region of Aceh and the greater Pacific Rim.
The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) recognises that there is a duty of accountability to those we aim to assist, and that by engaging with communities and being accountable to them our programming and activities will be of better quality, have a greater impact, help crisis affected people recover more quickly, build their resilience and lead to more sustainable development.