Vision, Mission and Values
In revisiting the MRCS Vision 2015 and reflecting on the current situation in Myanmar, projecting its future in the humanitarian context, as well as the status of the National Society as member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, MRCS adopted the Vision for 2020 which is-
“To be a well-functioning National Society with the capacity of providing humanitarian services to vulnerable people in Myanmar and beyond”
The MRCS mission statement was also reviewed and updated which states-
- Develop safe and resilient communities through integrated community based initiatives, promoting humanitarian values by resourceful branches and the network of volunteers and members.
- Play an auxiliary role to the State in humanitarian field through strong legal base
Our Values and the Seven Fundamental Principles
MRCS identified the following core values that will guide their work in 2016 to 2020 –
- Promotion and adherence to the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Fundamental Principles at all times.
- Adoption of a culture of mutual respect and understanding in every area of work.
Since the creation of the Seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross movement in 1965, the Myanmar Red Cross Society has aimed to follow these values that unite all national societies and organizations. The Seven Principles are as follows (from ifrc.org):
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.