Maldivian Red Crescent
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (October 2012)|
|Formation||16 August 2009|
|Location||Post Building, 4th Floor, Malé 20020, Maldives|
|Membership||International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement|
|Dhivehi and English|
|Abdul Razak Ibrahim|
The Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) (Dhivehi: ދިވެހި ރެޑް ކްރެސެންޓް, Dhivehi Red Crescent) is an independent, volunteer, non-profit, humanitarian organization established in the Maldives by virture of the Maldivian Red Crescent Act (Dhivehi: ދިވެހި ރެޑް ކްރެސެންޓްގެ ޤާނޫން, Dhivehi Red Crescent'ge Gaanoonu) Law No: 7/2009 
With the birth of the National Society in the Maldives, all activities in the last quarter of 2009 was focused on its formation (developing its structures, capacities and programmes) and recognition within the community (be responsive to national vulnerabilities). Initially the community engagement was limited as activities implemented were mostly process oriented.
The legal foundation and ratification of the MRC Law by the Maldivian president took place in early May 2009. The law gave the legal right for a humanitarian organization – by the name Maldivian Red Crescent – to be established and undertake humanitarian work in the Maldives. Consequently, the interim planning group (IPG), which was leading the formation process with support of IFRC, scheduled the first General Assembly of MRC which was on 16 August 2009. The assembly elected the first governing board of MRC and adopted the National Society’s Statutes and Rules of Procedures.
The elected governing board approved MRC’s interim development plan (which was prepared by the IPG) and undertook a systematic process of preparing a two-year MRC strategic development plan. Straight after the General Assembly, implementation of the plan took place with hiring of key management and programme staff. This led to an induction of the National Society’s governing board, management team, national advisory council members and programme staff was organized by IFRC as part of their capacity building. Formation of island units and atoll branches followed.
The units and branches are to be formed in three atolls in early 2010 which in time will be able to develop services supported by appropriate structures, systems and capacity. Volunteers will be recruited from the units and branches to be directly involved in service delivery.
- Maldivian Red Crescent. "Who we are". Retrieved 12 September 2012.