Angola: Appeal No. MAAAO001 Report 2006 - 2007

Situation Report
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This report covers the period of 01/01 2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary:

- Angola Red Cross (ARC) went through a change of leadership with the new secretary general and governing board chairperson appointed in 2007. The change process was designed to enhance the capacity of the headquarters to enable it to support the autonomous branches and work of the volunteers. ARC is progressing towards becoming a well-functioning national society (NS). The NS is recognised and respected as a key actor in the humanitarian sector (particularly in disaster response) by the community members, government, local and international humanitarian agencies.

- The appeal period was characterised by a number of disasters namely cholera outbreaks and flooding. Cholera outbreak started in February 2006 and ARC response operation was initially supported through an allocation of CHF 200,165 from the Federation Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) used for field assessments, social mobilisation and procurement of relief items. An emergency appeal was subsequently launched seeking CHF 1,392,404 to assist one million beneficiaries with the provision of safe clean water, sanitation facilities, health education and hygiene promotion. In February 2007, Angola was hit by floods, and ARC was assisted by DREF CHF 90,764, followed by an emergency Appeal seeking CHF1.4 million to assist 5,000 households. The emergency operation ensured the provision of temporary shelter, sanitation facilities, clean water, hygiene promotion and community empowerment on risk reduction.

- Appeal 2006 - 2007 was 35% covered by end of 2007. The outstanding needs were reviewed and appealed under the successive two year appeal (which is seeking CHF 1,332,771 for its long-term programmes, designed to fulfil the Federation Global Agenda's goals.

Goal: To improve the general health conditions of vulnerable communities, whilst building the capacity of the National Society and expanding its volunteer base.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 1,627,714 (USD 1,338,581 or EUR 1,004,762) (out of which 27% covered).

Related Emergency Appeals:

Angola Cholera (MDRAO01) budget CHF 1,392,404 (USD 950,000 or EUR 740,000) (out of which 29% covered on 30 June 2006.

Angola Floods (MDROA02) Budget CHF 1.4 million (USD 1,133,011 or EUR 874,237) (out of which 27% covered on 23 May 2007)

No. of people we help: The cumulative number of beneficiaries reached is approximately 400,000 families (two million people i.e. Approx five people per family) through long-term programmes and emergency operations.

Our partners:

Movement partners Summary of activities
International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) Tracing, community-based mine awarenessand orthopaedic hospital support
British Red Cross Disaster Response
Danish Red Cross Organisational Development
Finnish Red Cross Disaster Response
French Red Cross Community-based health care.
German Red Cross Organisational Development
Norwegian Red Cross Organisational Development
Swedish Red Cross Disaster response, health and care and organizational development.
Other Organizations
Consortium; Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE)
Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
Swedish Red Cross and Development Cooperation
Ireland (DCI), through the Federation.
British Government's Department for International
Development (DFID)
Disaster management.
Angola Government Health and care, community-based health care
National organization for people living with HIV Coordination in HIV and AIDS
National Networking of no-governmental
organization working in HIV and AIDS activities
Coordination in HIV and AIDS
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Disaster response
United Nations High Commission for Refugees
HIV and AIDS for returnee
National Civil Protection Service Disaster management
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Health emergency response
United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) Health emergency response
World Health Organization (WHO) Health emergency response

Current context

The demand for humanitarian assistance in emergencies (cholera out break in 2006 and flooding in 2007) slowed down the implementation process of ARC long-term programmes. The cholera outbreak in February 2006 affected over a million people. By the end of October 2006, 57,570 cases and 2,354 deaths were recorded in the 15 affected provinces. The persistent rains from December 2006 to January 2007 led to flooding that caused extensive damage to infrastructure in Luanda and Moxico provinces. More than 18,000 people were displaced, 11 went missing and 117 were confirmed dead. The floods also exacerbated the already precarious public health situation and triggered an increase of cholera cases in the affected municipalities in Luanda.

Nevertheless, ARC managed to participate during the two national vaccination campaigns for measles and polio; as well as vitamin A supplements, as part of the Interagency Coordination Committee. Alongside the vaccinations campaigns, insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) were distributed. Social mobilisation activities were conducted jointly with Ministry of Health (MoH), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Rotary, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other national and international non-governmental organisation (NGOs).

Contact information

For further information on this Appeal, contact:

In Angola: Warter Bombo Guange Quifica, Secretary General, Email; Phone: Tel: +244.; Fax +

In Operational Zone for Southern Africa: Françoise Le Goff, Head of Zone Office, Johannesburg; Email; Phone: Tel: +27.11.303.9700; +27.11.303.9711; Fax +27.11.884.3809, +27.11.884.0230