On 4 June, 2013, the Norwegian Red Cross (NRC) and the Danish Red Cross (DRC) signed a historic cooperation agreement in Yangon, continuing the trend of Norwegian-Danish cooperation in Myanmar. In the agreement, the two organizations agreed to work together on community-based health projects in the country.
NRC was represented by President Sven Mollekleiv and regional representative Gro-Anett Nicolaysen, while DRC was represented by Head of Region, Asia, Birgitte Bischoff Ebbesen NRC has been supporting the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Myanmar financially since 2005. It is now increasing its involvement in the country through capacity building on central Red Cross fields, including disaster risk reduction – prevention of humanitarian catastrophes and contingency planning. It will bring this expertise into the joint programme.
NRC and DRC agreed to cooperate on a community based health program in Myanmar, focusing on maternal, new-born and child health. While DRC is leading the program, the Norwegian branch will contribute with incorporating disaster risk reduction into it the program, as well as strengthening the gender aspect in projects.
The agreement was signed in the joint offices of the Norwegian and the Danish Diplomatic Missions in Yangon. The Danish Chargé a’Affaires a.i. Ulrich Sørensen and the Norwegian Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Arne Jan Flølo witnessed the signing.
The Norwegian Red Cross also signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Myanmar Red Cross Society on June 5.