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.
Amanullah, Morsalin, Jubaier, and Naim, are friends who study in class five in Londa Primary School in Patuakhali. They always go to the school, have tiffin, and play together. Just a few days ago, they discovered a new thing on their way from home to school- A map! They got very surprised and excited to see their own school, home, neighborhood and all other known and unknown places in their village on the map. One of the boys, Amanullah, said, “I can see my whole village on this map; my home, my uncle’s home, our school, river, almost everything! There are more maps like this in our village. We love to stand in front of the map when going to school or coming back home. it’s really fun to find different places of our village.”
Abdullah, 24, holds a Master’s degree in Physics and was teaching Physics, Chemistry and English at Yadana high school in Rakhine until his family was forced to flee their home on 25 August, 2017. Within a few days, they crossed over, like thousands of other families, into south-eastern Bangladesh seeking refuge. Having left their possessions behind, they began a new life in camp with nothing but the clothes on their back.
Azhar Mia, 35, lives in a beautiful green village named Poshchim (West) Boroghona in the Banskhali sub-district of Chattogram, Bangladesh, where his house is located just a few kilometers away from the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Azhar’s village and the surrounding areas have always been a target zone for devastating cyclones. The mega cyclone in 1991 caused severe damage to this region, killing more than 135,000 people. The recent one, Cyclone Mora, also had a huge impact on Azhar’s life and livelihood. Azhar’s whole village suffered the brunt of cyclone Mora. His house and latrine were damaged. He and his family took shelter in a nearby cyclone shelter located inside the Boroghona High School. He did not have any work for weeks after the cyclone.
The northern part of Bangladesh is extremely vulnerable to disasters, like floods and heavy rainfalls, which tremendously hampers the daily lives of the people dwelling in this region every year. One such community in this area is the Khasbarashimul community of Saidabad Union in Sirajganj Sadar Upazila, where access to modern cooking facilities is not obtainable for most of the community people due to poverty, low-economic development, geophysical location, and recurring natural disasters. Road to Resilience (R2R) project has been piloted at Khasbarashimul community, Sirajganj, Bangladesh from September 2017 to May 2018 by BDRCS, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Swedish Red Cross (SRC).
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.