The local Red Cross in the Marshall Islands has been recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross opening up more opportunities for the country.
The international body has admitted the Marshall Islands Society as its 191st member.
The Red Cross was established in the Marshalls three years ago, but it moved into high gear to meet numerous requirements for gaining international recognition.
It hired its first secretary general, held its first annual national assembly, elected its first board of governors and adopted its constitution.
Secretary General Jack Niedenthal said the international recognition meant expanded opportunities for various humanitarian programmes in the Marshall Islands.
He said the Society had been been waiting for the news since a mid-September assessment mission.
At the next global Red Cross convention in two years' time, the Marshall Islands will be formally recognised in front of the other 190 members.