Azerbaijan: Revised Plan 2011 (MAAAZ00211)
The Azerbaijan Red Crescent (the AzRC) has developed a number of characteristics that make it a better supporter of vulnerable people. These include a country-wide network of regional and local branches; experienced, enthusiastic and committed staff and volunteers; and stronger links with governmental agencies, local and international organisations. The role and function of the society's governance and management has been separated. The number of members of Azerbaijan Red Crescent increased from 265,056 in 2009 to 292,900 in 2010. Branches have been empowered to be better partners of their communities. More than 23 branches have well-trained staff and volunteers to provide humanitarian services to the beneficiaries and improved the quality of financial and narrative reports.
Number of volunteers involved into support to vulnerable groups (orphans, internally displaced, handicapped and HIV positive children, children ill with rheumatisms and older people living alone) with psychosocial, health and teaching services has been increased up to 4,000. Peer educators conducted sessions in period 2009-2010 for more than 40,000 schoolchildren, youth and university students, community members delivering information on the immune system, impact of HIV and AIDS on the human body, transmission and symptoms through trainings, meetings and awareness campaigns. The National Society is working on increasing number of volunteer-based projects, strongly advocating their role and encouraging other branches to work with youth and volunteers on systematic basis.
In 2007, the Azerbaijani government adopted the Law on Red Crescent that determines the status and mandate of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent , includes pledges to increase governmental support to the National Society for carrying out its activities and for further development as well as defines the relationship with the government, non-governmental organizations, institutions and local authorities. A presidential decree was adopted in 2004 to provide assistance to local Azerbaijan Red Crescent branches and the government also contributes with funds for the headquarters staff salaries and administrative expenditures.
Recently occurred floods in 40 districts surrounding the Kur (Kura), Azerbaijan's main river allowed the previously trained staff and volunteers in disaster preparedness and response mechanisms to demonstrate their skills by assessing the situation and providing affected population with necessary items. The response was funded through DREF, one of the Federation disaster funding sources: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/10/MDRAZ002do.pdf