Afghanistan

Afghanistan: MAAAF001 Programme Update No. 2 - July 2011 to December 2011

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This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011

In brief

Programme goals

• Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises.

• Improve the health status of vulnerable people in targeted areas.

• Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

• Strengthen ARCS for the best practice of the principles and values and advocate for gender and marginalized groups.

Programme(s) summary

Disaster Management: During the reporting period, major natural disasters including flash floods, earthquakes and droughts occurred. These caused deaths, injuries and displacements. The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) together with the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authorities (ANDMA) alongside other agencies responded to these by providing emergency evacuation services and distribution of food and non-food items to affected families.

During early December, the Red Cross Movement commenced joint drought response activities in five conflict affected districts in the northern part of the country (Chimtal, Sholgara, Dashte Archi, Imam Saheb and Qaisar). Approximately 21,700 households in these districts will benefit from two rations of food supplies to sustain them until the next harvest in June/July 2012.

Alongside the drought response in the north, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) disaster management (DM) department is preparing to provide approximately 8,000 households with food assistance in three different provinces in western Afghanistan. Provision of the food assistance will also be coordinated with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).