In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
Programme Summary: Since February 2006, Angola Red Cross (ARC) has been responding to a cholera outbreak by providing clean water, sanitation, health and hygiene education and distributing relief items. In February 2006, the Federation released CHF 200,165 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support social mobilization and to initiate water and sanitation (WatSan) activities in areas affected by the cholera outbreak. A preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 18 May 2006 for CHF 1,206,656 to assist 30,000 beneficiaries. After an assessment by the Field Assessment Coordination Team (FACT), the appeal was revised in June 2006, its budget was adjusted upwards to CHF 1,392,404 and the number of beneficiaries was increased to one million.
On long-term programming, Angola Red Cross provided primary heath and care services through its 23 basic health posts in peri-urban and rural areas in eight provinces. The activities included community-based health care (CBHC), hygiene education, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS prevention and promotion of behavioural change.
The third general assembly the National Society was successfully held on 5 and 6 October 2006, during which a new governing board was elected and a new statute, strategic plan and organigram were approved. The general assembly was historic as it was the result of a three-year transition process, which was sometimes difficult due to a high turnover of staff, response to epidemics, funding limitations and limited capacity at headquarters.
Goal: Angola Red Cross aims to improve the general health conditions of vulnerable communities, whilst building and expanding upon its capacity and volunteer base. Angola Red Cross has made bold steps towards becoming a well-functioning national society and is recognized and respected as a key national actor in the humanitarian sector by community members, the government, local and international humanitarian agencies.
Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 1,627,714 (USD 1,338,581 or EUR 1,004,762), out of which 19.8 per cent covered. There are no changes made to the 2007 appeal plan/budget since the ARC will be consolidating its activities. The British Government's Department for International Development (DFID) will support 100 per cent of the disaster management activities for 2007.
For more detailed information on the 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1 and 2:
No. of people we help: Angola Red Cross reached a cumulative total of 1,545,876 people directly through its long-term and emergency operations in 2006. In 2007, Angola Red Cross plans to reach another one million people through community-based heath and care, disaster management and community empowerment projects.
For further information please contact:
Angola: Dr. Warter Bombo Guange Quifica, Secretary General, Angola Red Cross in Luanda; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: +244 912 340 436; Fax: +244 2 39 11 70
Angola: Martin Acosta, Programme Coordinator, Angola Delegation in Luanda; email: email@example.com; Telephone: +244 222 372 868; Fax: +244 222 372 868
Zimbabwe: Françoise Le Goff, Federation Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation in Harare; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: +263 4 70 61 55; 263 4 72 03 15; Fax: +263 4 70 87 84
Geneva: John Roche, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Department; email: email@example.com; Telephone: +41 22 730 42 98; Fax: +41 22 733 03 95
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