The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) is a local humanitarian organization which started its operations in 1932 as the Nyasaland Branch of the British Red Cross. It became a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1971.
MRCS has 141 staff members and a total of 30,000 volunteers with 33 Divisions in all the 3 regions of Malawi. Its Headquarters is in Area 14, in Lilongwe.
The National Society has long-term programmes focusing on Community Health Care, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) promotion, Community Resilience, Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVC) interventions, First aid and Blood donor mobilization, Restoring family links, and Community-integrated disaster risk reduction interventions.
What We Are Doing-MRCS is currently implementing a number of ongoing programmes including Community Resilience Project in Mangochi, Mwanza and Chikwawa with funding from a consortium of Danish Red Cross, Icelandic Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross and Italian Red Cross.
Community-based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) programme supported by Swiss Red Cross in Salima and Mzimba), Community based health and care programme and First Aid supported by Belgian Red Cross in Kasungu, a DRR programme in Chikwawa, Nsanje and Zomba with support from European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Japanese Blankets for Africa Campaign, Blood Donor Recruitment in partnership with MBTS with funding from Swiss Red Cross. Scale Up Nutrition Project in Chikwawa, Mangochi, Mulanje and Neno with funding from UNICEF. In addition, MRCS has a refugee programme offering Restoration of Family links in partnership with ICRC. Malawi Red Cross offers first aid services and Commercial First Aid (COFA) services and training to many organisations. MRCS also has a residential training facility in Dowa which is equipped with all the necessary facilities for trainings and conferences.