Institution: Myanmar Red Cross Society

Treating the sick today and being prepared for tomorrow

By Francis Markus, IFRC The radiologist opens the bamboo gate to the X-ray tent and four year old Nur Kolima heads gingerly in to lie down on the bed for his image to be taken. His mother, Fatima, is taking no chances with his cough symptoms. “I had three children, but my little boy, aged 10 months died of fever,” she says with a blank expression. The family, who arrived three months ago, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, had taken the child to a traditional community healer, but he was not able to offer any effective treatment for...

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2017 Community Engagement and Accountability – Good practices from around the world

This publication presents examples of community engagement and accountability initiatives being implemented by the Movement in both emergency and longer-term contexts. Our work in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East stands testament to how community engagement and accountability is not only enabling us to better respond to the needs of the communities we serve but also in reducing their vulnerability and in building safer, more resilient communities.

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Myanmar/Rakhine: Red Cross reaches tens of thousands despite challenges

Sittwe/Yangon (MRCS/ICRC/IFRC) – The Red Cross has given emergency assistance to more than 28,000 people affected by violence in Rakhine since 25 August. As well as distributing emergency items such as hygiene kits, mosquito nets, blankets and tarpaulins to 28,800 people (5,500 households), the Red Cross has provided food to more than 28,000 people and thousands have benefited from improved water and sanitation.  Support to mobile clinics and seven health structures has also been given. Additionally, more than 5,000 people received cash grants. The Red Cross has assisted people displaced within Rakhine state and also to people with urgent needs in their home communities. It is a joint response by the Myanmar Red Cross Society, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “Wherever people are, whoever they are, no matter their background, race or religion, if they have been affected by the violence and they need help, the Red Cross wants to help them,” said Dr Mya Thu, president of the Myanmar Red Cross Society. “We are honoured that the government has asked Red Cross to step up our work according to our humanitarian principles and strict standards to help people in need.” Challenges include security risks, the remote locations of people in need, poor roads and other infrastructure, monsoon rains and a looming cyclone season. The head...

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