Afghanistan Appeal No. 1.55/2004 - Programme Update No. 3

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In Brief

Appeal No. 01.55/2004; Programme Update no. 3, Period covered: 1 July to 31 September 2004; Appeal coverage: 48 %; Outstanding needs: CHF 5,734,035 (USD 5,007,980, or EUR 3,781,098).

Appeal target: CHF 11,090,663 (USD 8,494,084 or EUR 7,180,746)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: N/A

Programme summary: An amount totalling 108 percent of the funds available has been spent; underlining the status of the programme as implementers look forward to the materialisation of existing pledges and potential new ones. The state of affairs with the funding has necessitated a cautious approach towards implementation, limiting activities to the bare essential and earmarked. If the current trend persists, there is a high likelihood of the operation running into a deficit.

Despite the funding constraints progress has been made in many programme areas. The Afghanistan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) with the Ministry of Health (MOH) supported by the Federation, jointly developed a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the way forward for clinics owned by the society. Through its network of branches and volunteers, ARCS assisted 9,138 individuals in nine provinces affected by floods, landslides and earth tremors. Some 450 (182 female and 268 male) youth volunteers from 14 provinces of five regions of the Afghan participated in first ever ARCS national youth camp that took place from 16 to 19 September. A decision was made for five branches to pilot the membership organisation. A working meeting hosted by Norcross in Oslo with key participating national society (PNS) desk officers, to develop participatory approaches and commitment to the 2005 funding plan took place in September.