Caribbean: Appeal No. MAA49001 Programme Update No. 2

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In Brief

Appeal No. MAA49001; Programme Update no. 2, Period covered: 1 April to 31 July 2006; 2006 Appeal Coverage: 66.4%; Outstanding needs for 2006: CHF 1,184,070 (USD 985,921 or EUR 745,436).

2006 and 2007 Appeal target: CHF 5,385,457 (USD 4,491,047 or EUR 3,392,536); 2006 Appeal target revised to CHF 3,526,778 (USD 2,940,856 or EUR 2,221,681)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Bahamas, Cuba and Mexico: Hurricane Wilma (05EA024); Suriname: Floods (MDRSR001); Haiti Appeal (MAAHT001); PADRU Appeal (MAA42001).

Programme summary: The goal of the Port of Spain Sub-Regional Office, in conjunction with the Panama Regional Delegation and the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU), in 2006 continues to be to provide support to National Societies and Branches of the British, French and Netherlands overseas territories in the core programme areas. This is carried out in accordance with Strategy 2010, the Plan of Action of the Inter American Conference, and the Caribbean Cooperation Agreement Strategy, by building the capacities of National Societies through regional networks and external partnerships, the harmonization of regional methodologies and campaigns, and the promotion of Humanitarian Principles and Values. Following the decisions at the General Assembly in November 2005, the Caribbean National Societies and their partners are identifying ways to respond to the Global Agenda and scale up the impact of Red Cross work in the region. This focus will be increasingly reflected throughout 2006, leading up to the next Inter American Conference in June 2007.

The one-year ECHO-funded project "Strengthening disaster management capacity in the Caribbean region" was completed at the end of May whilst DiPECHO V continued in five countries, concentrating on national and community Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) methodology.

The Caribbean HIV/AIDS Network (CARAN) held its biennial meeting in Panama and elected a new Executive Committee. The fight against HIV/AIDS continues to be addressed through the Together We Can peer education methodology and the Faces campaign.

The mechanisms for promoting Humanitarian Principles and Values concentrated on the regional website and quarterly newsletter as well as the adaptation of the HIV/AIDS taxi campaign Transporting Respect for People Living with HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

Operational developments

The North Atlantic Hurricane season officially commenced on 1 June 2006. Two storms - Alberto and Beryl - formed within this reporting period but did not directly affect the Caribbean region. The annual pre-hurricane meeting took place in St Lucia on 16 - 21 May and was attended by both Central American and Caribbean National Societies/Overseas Branches. The sub-regional office provided support to PADRU in the Suriname Floods operation; a disaster management delegate was deployed to assist the Suriname Red Cross in its disaster response efforts.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

- In Trinidad and Tobago: Julia Brothwell, Coordinator, Port of Spain Sub-Regional Office; Julia.brothwell@ifrc.org, phone (868) 627-2665, fax (868)627-962

- In Geneva: Luis Luna, Federation Regional Officer, Americas Department, Geneva; email: luis.luna@ifrc.org; phone (41 22) 730-4274; fax (41 22) 733-0395

This Programme Update reflects activities to be implemented over a one-year period. This forms part of, and is based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents). All international Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org .

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