Afghanistan

Afghanistan Development Operational Report Q 1 and 2, 2013 (MAAAF001)

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During the reporting period the second phase of the Organisational Capacity Assessment Certification (OCAC) process was completed, five regional Movement coordination meetings were conducted and the Navision software was installed in five regional offices. The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) leadership instituted a committee to facilitate five provincial assemblies.

The period saw 13,000 youth volunteers benefiting from youth club activities. ARCS youth also participated in vaccination and hygiene promotion activities and on May 8, a total of 450 youth volunteers participated in celebrating the Red Cross Day.

The membership increased by 952 newly recruited members in 25 of the 34 ARCS branches. During the same period 85 youth peer educators from three regions were trained on HPV/EHL whilst 44 volunteer team leaders received refresher training on HPV/EHL. In total more than 1,300 youth were trained on HPV/EHL, through three youth clubs in eastern and western regions of Afghanistan.

The food distribution of the 2012 drought operation was conducted jointly by ARCS, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was completed in the first quarter of 2013.

The first draft of the review of the Sar-i-pul floods operation was completed with inputs from ARCS and plans are in place to finalise the report and disseminate the results before the end of the third quarter. A workshop on project implementation for the CIDA funded four- year project to strengthen ARCS capacity to respond to disasters was conducted in May 2013 and a draft implementation plan was developed.

A series of PMER capacity building workshops were conducted targeting Western, Eastern and Kandahar regions benefitting almost 80 ARCS staff drawn from various programmes and including regional programme heads and heads of branches and regions.

A national CBHFA master training workshop was conducted in Kabul from 2-6 March targeting a total of 18 CBFHA trainers. The participants were drawn from Herat, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Wardak, Kapisa, Balkh and Kabul. The objective of the training was to develop a pool of skilled CBHFA master trainers to cascade the training to other trainers across the country.

Health officers drawn from all the seven regions of ARCS participated in a meeting on “Strengthening Emergency Relief and Disaster Response Capacity of ARCS” organized jointly by the ARCS Health and DM departments in Kabul from 12-16 May 2013. The objective of the meeting was to review the on-going emergency response activities and to design more structured and coordinated disaster response strategies.