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.
Major advances have been made by areas as the two-year regional plan is reaching its close. Scale up in key areas such as HIV and AIDS, voluntary blood donation and community risk reduction, strategic organisational development support and important progress in humanitarian principles and values has characterized this period. The integrated development of the regional plan for 2008-2009 also took place during the past months, within the framework of the new Inter-American Plan 2007-2011, the Global Agenda and in line with regional plans across the continent.
Political and social tensions in the region have been present during this period particularly in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela. High levels of poverty and inequity remain a major challenge for these countries and the whole region as the needs of vulnerable communities and groups still need to be met.
Natural disasters have continued to manifest in South America, showing an increase in events in 2007 and at the same time an increase in National Society capacity to respond effectively, thanks in part to the timely support of the Federation through the Regional Representation and the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU). A major earthquake hit the southwestern coast of Peru in August, devastating homes and livelihoods. Crucial support is being provided to the Peruvian Red Cross to respond to the emergency, assist those affected and support their recovery. An Emergency Appeal was launched and has since been fully covered and revised to support the National Society operation. The 18 month operation underway has responded to the immediate needs of the population and will now focus on the rehabilitation of their livelihoods, promoting the link between these two important phases.
For further information please contact:
In Lima: Giorgio Ferrario, Regional Representative, Lima, Peru; email: Giorgio.Ferrario@ifrc.org; Telephone: +511 2218333; Fax: +511 4413607
In Panama: José Garcia-Lozano, Head of Zone, Americas Zone; email: Jose.Garcialozano@ifrc.org; Telephone + 507 317 1300; Fax + 507 317 1304
In Panama: Maria Alcazar, Resource Mobilization Coordinator, Americas Zone; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: + 507 317 1300; Fax + 507 317 1304
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