By San Maung Than
Sittwe, May 12: The Arakan Special Program Office of Myanmar Red Cross Society was officially opened on May 10 following a glittering function.
The office is jointly constructed by Myanmar Red Cross Society, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) at Boddi Road of Sittwe in Arakan State.
The office with the length of 50 feet and wide of 30 ft was completed with the budget of Kyat 40 million (1 USD= 1000 Kyat). The office will be used primarily by the Myanmar Red Cross Society of Arakan State and occasionally the space will be utilized for project implementation activities or otherwise for humanitarian works.
“The Myanmar Red Cross Society is planning to promote healthcare among the common people and also support the affected families facing any disaster time to time. We are working for social development in our country since 1920,” said Dr Aung Mon, secretary of Myanmar Red Cross Society.
The IFRC is working for the affected families in natural disasters and the ICRC is engaged with the human crisis, where as both the forums are presently working with the Myanmar Red Cross Society in Burma.
Mentionable is that the IFRC remains active in Myanmar since the Giri storm hit the Arakan State in 2010. It has implemented two-year plan for rebuilding various programs in Myaybon and Minbya townships after the Giri disaster. Moreover, it has been working on human development programs in Man Aung township for two years.
According to an official of IFRC, the international forum has built a number of storage houses in Sittwe, Kyouk Phyu and Thandway for emergency reliefs. The storage in Sittwe Gordon is expected to be able to support nearly 3000 families in the time of need.
On the other hand, the primary functions of the ICRC remain the distribution of medicines, organizing trainings for health workers, implementing various rural development projects, taking care of political prisoners and also arrange interactions between the political prisoners and their families.
The Arakan security & border affairs minister Colonel Htin Lin, IFRC’s Myanmar regional delegation Mr Udarya and ICRC’s Sittwe office chief addressed the opening function which began at 9 am in presence of over 50 persons.