Honduras MAAHN002 Annual Report 2011
This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.
The work of the Honduran Red Cross (HRC) is guided by Strategy 2020 and the Inter American Plan 2007–2011 which puts forward three strategic aims:
- Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disaster and crises.
- Enable healthy and safe living.
- Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
In 2011, the secretariat1 of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies supported the Honduran Red Cross (HRC) mainly in the areas of disaster risk management, health and care, organizational development and principles and values.
Throughout the year, the Honduran Red Cross’ health department has been working towards enabling healthy and safe living for vulnerable communities. In the framework of the Global Alliance on HIV the National Society has continued supporting projects in favour of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the building of a culture based on respect and non-discrimination. HIV programming was focused on prevention of HIV, providing care, treatment and support services to PLHIV, reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS, and strengthening capacities to deliver and sustain HIV programmes in vulnerable communities. The National Society also implemented projects related to tuberculosis (TB) especially TB/HIV co-infection, voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (VNRBD), community health and food security, albeit to a limited extent as a result of funding constraints.
The organizational development programme only received a portion of the expected contributions. These funds have been employed to boost volunteer management and strengthen branch capacities through the use of different Federation tools such as the volunteer management cycle, well-functioning branches, among others. Despite the decrease in resources received, the planned activities have been implemented in their totality. The regional representation, with funds from the International Federation and micro-projects funds for the International Year of Volunteering, provided technical support throughout 2011 for the implementation of a micro-project to strengthen the structure of HRC’s youth area and acknowledge and promote youth volunteering. Training was organized for the volunteer coordinators at the branch level to strengthen the National Society’s capacity to recruit, introduce, monitor and motivate its volunteers. Additionally, a mechanism to acknowledge the most outstanding volunteers was introduced. The governance areas of the participating branches also received training and guide to take better decisions to benefit volunteers.