The Indian Red Cross Society, with the support of its partners (ICRC and IFRC), Embarked on a programme to develop a cadre of First Medical Responders (FMRs) at district level in the most disaster prone states of the country. The programme that was piloted in 2011 has now been extended to 18 most disaster prone States/ UTs of the country and is being implemented through the State/ UT branch of the Red Cross in identified districts as well as the state headquarters
As Maharashtra State has a profile of varied hazards e.g devastated natural as well as man-made disasters like Latur Earthquake Mumbai Flood, Cyclone Phyan and Naxalism. Considering the consequences of past disasters priority has to been given to prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures for which SERV programme was supported in Maharashtra State.
The programme seeks to impart a set of skills to RC volunteers and after a period of mentoring proposes to hand over the set to the district administration as a trained cadre for them to be utilized by the administration in the developmental programmes as well as during disasters under the district administration
The volunteers are trained in different aspects of disaster preparedness using the following modules developed by experts from IRCS, ICRC and IFRC
The selected district branches through the state Red Cross branch are also supported to conduct mock drills and outreach programmes among communities to make them more resilient. IRCS as an auxiliary to the Government supported the GoI initiative to achieve the objective of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan through community advocacy and acting as a knowledge resource for the people to link them with this programme through awareness and dissemination activities involving community stakeholders (Members of local Panchayat, Community Self Help Groups (SHG), ANM, ASHA, CHC, School teachers etc.).
They are the lead trainers at the state level with good knowledge and experience in Red Cross work, and possess fair communication skills in English. One of the major considerations for master trainer would be to possess knowledge, skills and experience in adult learning methodologies. Their role is to train the instructors and orient them on the SERV project.
They are the instructors at district level, available accessible and train the SERV Volunteers on different thematic areas. They understand the local context, local problems better. Their main role is to train the SERV Volunteers and also coordinate implementation of outreach activities within their respective districts.
SERV Volunteers the cadre of community-based volunteers, who are Volunteers of Red Cross local branch, trained in disaster management and developmental issues. They will volunteer in times of emergencies to support the district branches for relief activities. They offer services to orient, train and build capacities of communities on various social issues, for e.g., sanitation and hygiene promotion.
Community outreach activities
Training of SERV Volunteers and organising community outreach activities is the main focus of this project. The following are a few examples of outreach activities that SERV Members shall organize in their respective communities – first-aid, mock drills, solid waste management, SwachhBharat Abhiyan, promotion of green energy sources, promotion of JandhanYojana / health insurance / crop insurance / pension yojana / CBRN awareness / and other needs as per VCA.
4 Day Induction Training of Instructors
Three-day Induction training of Volunteers
|Number of Activity
|Number of participants
|Masters Trainers Training
|4 Day Induction Training of Instructors
|Three-day Induction training of Volunteers
|Mock Drill events
|Mumbai , Ulhasnagar, Jalgaon Dhule
|Mumbai , Thane, Ulhasnagar, Jalgaon Dhule
IRCS Maharashtra State Branch is a registered entity for undertaking CSR activities by the Government of India so that it can attract CSR funding from corporates and other organizations
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