Malawi Red Cross drills volunteers in disaster risk reduction

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has trained volunteers and sub division representatives in Disaster Risk Reduction as one way of building the knowledge and skills in ways to reduce the impact of potential future floods and other disasters.

An official addressing partcipant

An official addressing partcipant

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The five-day training, which was part of MRCS Relief and Early Recovery Project, pulled together 27 participants from three group village head-men of Kimu, Mbalu and Chilunga in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwambo in Zomba district.

The Society–through their Balaka Division also conducted Branch Organizational Capacity Assessment (BOCA) to, among others, appreciate the capacities the division have and how it is performing.

The initiative, apart from laying out priorities for the Branch or Division enhancement, helps develop operational plan to strengthen and sustain division’s service delivery capacity and resilience of communities.

MRCS is carrying out various interventions not only in disaster risk management but also in thematic areas of health, education, agriculture and water and sanitation, among others.

Recently, with funding from UNICEF, 1,000 MRCS volunteers assisted about 35,000 children with Measles campaign social mobilization activities in the districts of Chikwawa, Mangochi, Nsanje, Phalombe and Zomba.

MRCS volunteers conducted door to door mobilization on the supplementary measles immunization and the measles vaccinations and provided support in all vaccination sites.

This week Tuesday, the Society handed over the Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project to the communities in Kasungu district.

The project is worth over K100 million and financed by Belgian Red Cross.

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2 thoughts on “Malawi Red Cross drills volunteers in disaster risk reduction”

  1. mussa says:

    Go on red cross with your good work,and I say thumb up to you and keep the fire burning. More communities are benefiting from red cross activities

  2. Mapeto says:

    Red Cross! Is this a charity organization or a political party? Yes, Red Cross is doing a lot of work on the ground but its leaders behave more or less like politicians.

    What am I saying? Look:
    i. The president and his cronies are fighting for open term which is contrary to the requirements of the IFRC.
    ii. The president of redcross summoned for the extra ordinary general meeting to amend the constitution to allow his expiring colleagues to stand again in the coming elections.
    iii. The president is very weak at making decisions such that he does not know what is right or wrong.
    iv. The president wants to expel all people from red cross who oppose his move for an open term.

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