Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) achieved a number of significant milestones in 2014 that further reinforces their development towards becoming a stronger and more financially sustainable National Society.
CVTL conducted a national assembly in August, including national governing board (NGB) elections which resulted in a new President being elected for the first time in 10 years as well as a revised statute being approved following a comprehensive consultation process with its members. CVTL also inaugurated a new headquarters building based in Dili in August, their first ever purpose-built office building, in addition to a new branch office in Baucau district. A new five-year strategic plan 2015-2019 was also drafted and will be launched in early January 2015 to coincide with a partnership meeting. The plan was developed following an inclusive process that included an internal review of the previous strategic plan, a nationwide vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) and organizational capacity assessment and certification (OCAC) workshop. The new plan includes focus on new areas including nutrition, maternal and child health, blood donor mobilization, violence prevention, healthy lifestyle promotion, migrant support, safe shelter as well as care for the elderly.
The OCAC workshop also highlighted a number of priority National Society development areas linked to safety and security, financial development and planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) that will be strengthened in 2015.
CVTL continues to pursue financial sustainability with their fundraising unit and manager established in 2014, to implement its resource mobilization (RM) plan. Commercial first aid (CFA) continues to develop, exceeding expected targets for income raised in 2014. 2014 was also the first year that CVTL was successful in receiving an annual contribution to their core costs from the Government of Timor-Leste, through the Ministry of Social Solidarity, although they are still pursuing a permanent subsidy through the office of the Prime Minister.
The integrated community based risk reduction (ICBRR) programme continued to be CVTL’s flagship programme in the rural area with good results achieved in 2014. A water and sanitation (WatSan) look-back study completed at the end of 2014 with support from Australian Red Cross confirmed that 86 percent of households still uses their latrines, which demonstrates strong support to the sustainable impact of CVTL’s ICBRR programme. Norwegian Red Cross ended their eight-year multilateral partnership with CVTL in 2014, however both British Red Cross and the Republic of Korea National Red Cross confirmed their new multilateral partnerships with CVTL in 2015 to support ICBRR. A number of new partners will need to be still sourced to enable CVTL in meeting their objective of implementing a national ICBRR programme in all districts by 2015