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.
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.