The 46th Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society was held at the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Auditorium on 08 December at 10:00 am. Honorable Chairman of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the Treasurer, Managing Board Member, the delegate of the 64 district and city units, representatives of the concerned ministry (health and family welfare, disaster management and relief, social welfare and defense) and the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary participated in the meeting. Mr. Hafiz Ahmed Mazumder Honorable Chairman of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society presided over the annual general meeting. Treasurer Advocate Tauhidur Rahman of the society kept the welcome speech.
The rise of water level in Padma river during the first two weeks of last September caused major damage to the riverbank which led to collapse of embankments. In Naria and Zajira upazilas, an estimated 8,710 families or approximately 43,550 people have been displaced, all their houses were washed away. Zarina Begum, 80 years old, a widow living in Kedarpur, Naria, Shariatpur. She is one of the affected people who have been displaced due to the recent river bank erosion. Tough she has three sons and two daughters, but she is living alone now. Due to the recent erosion, she lost her household and all the memories she has got with that. She is now living with her relatives. However, that family is also very poor, and they are also having lack of accommodation and foods.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is organizing South Asian Regional Consultation Meeting on the IFRC Strategy 2030, on 25-26 November 2018, in its National Headquarters, Dhaka. The objectives of the consultation meeting are to answer the questions related to the changing and emerging complex future on Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) programs, operations, structure, and what kind of networking will be needed to thrive in this emerging complex future, both globally and regionally. BDRCS is currently a member of the IFRC Governing Board and they made their commitment to contribute in shaping the IFRC Strategy 2030 in their Governing Board election manifesto.
The review workshop for Organizational Capacity Assessment and Certification (OCAC) of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society is underway now. 32-member assessment team comprising Governance, Management, Staff and Volunteers including representatives of Unit level is participating in this 2nd round OCAC self-assessment to identify how BDRCS is currently performing and what are the areas for improvement toward being a OCAC certified NS. In presence of of IFRC and ICRC representatives, the honorable Chairman of BDRCS has inaugurated 3-day (19-21 October 2018) self-assessment exercise this morning with a firm desire from the assessment team members to be honest, frank, and open while assessing our own capacity so that concerted effort can be made to build on.
Road traffic accident is a major concern in Bangladesh and every year thousands of people embrace tragic death due to this. In 2017 only, at least 4,284 people, including 516 women and 539 children, were killed and 9,112 others injured in 3,472 road accidents across Bangladesh- a report of Dhaka Tribune says. This is a serious issue given the fact that the numbers are ever increasing and lives are being spared too easily every single day, and it is a crying need that this issue is addressed properly. With a view to this, BDRCS has started the “Traffic Law Enforcement and Traffic Awareness Program 2018” on 5 September 2018; which will see at least 26 volunteers providing assistance to Bangladesh Police in three major intercepts of Dhaka in controlling traffic and making people aware of the traffic laws.
Since 25 August 2017, when the latest Myanmar national’s influx from Myanmar to Bangladesh began, the numbers have steadily grown up and now in total population figure is 891,878 people and 205,456 HHs as of UNHCR report 31 August 2018.BDRCS through implementing PMO project has been working hard to scale up its response.
After losing her husband more than 40 years ago and her sons in recent years, 81-year-old Amir Jan Bibi has been living a difficult life with her daughter. As the only surviving child, her daughter, who used to work as a cleaner in the Upazila Health Complex in Naria, lost her job when the entire complex collapsed into the Padma River.
The purpose of this project is to strengthen the capacity of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and coastal communities to be more effectively prepared for and be able to respond to disasters, and to reduce related deaths, injuries, as well as have coping and mitigation strategies to lessen the adverse socioeconomic impact of disasters
Programs & projects
Since 12 August 2017, heavy monsoon rains above the seasonal average have severely impacted the riverine region of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. This resulted in intense flooding in almost two-thirds of Bangladesh from 13 August onward.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) invited the 64 Chairmen from 61 District Councils (Zilla Parishad) and 3 Chittagong Hill Tract District Councils as well as 4 Mayors of 4 City Corporations who are the ex-officio Chairmen of district and city.
The project will scale up the community resilience capacity of the disaster vulnerable households through Bangladesh Red Crescent Society’s via a community led approach. The Project will be implemented at 4 communities.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has been rendering health services to the people round the year as well as in time of disaster. BDRCS has been running 56 MCH centers in 29 districts throughout the country mainly in rural areas.