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Asia - Pacific: Annual Appeals No. MAA50001 2008-2009


This appeal seeks CHF 2,019,827 (USD 1.8 million or EUR 1.22 million) to fund the planned programmes to be implemented in 2008-2009. Click here for budget summary.

This amount will be supplemented by CHF 8.2 million from the core budget to give an overall budget of CHF 10,219,826 (USD 9.14 million or EUR 6.19 million). This appeal document briefly covers the main outcomes the programmes seek to achieve over the next two years. More detailed information is provided in the 2008- 2009 Plan and Summary Matrix.

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.

Current context

Home to over 60% of the world's population, Asia Pacific (AP) is a region of great diversity in terms of culture, politics, socio-economic development, demography and geography. In socio-economic development, while a few countries in the region enjoy strong growth and a high standard of living, many others are listed among the most disadvantaged in the world. Despite the scientific and technological advances of the modern world, the uneven effects of globalisation have led to uneven development, increased poverty, under-development and socio-economic polarisation in many parts of the AP region. This is increasing the number of marginalised and disadvantaged communities, creating specific unhealthy environments and perpetuating public health issues. HIV/AIDS, water-related diseases and the threat of human influenza represent major challenges, along with new, emerging and re-emerging diseases.

Compounding the poor economic-economic conditions, the AP region is also the most disaster-prone region on earth, accounting for over 60% of the world's disasters on record. The types, scale and frequencies of natural disasters in the region are daunting, and they are to a certain extent, unique in each of the different sub-regions of South Asia, South-east Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, due to their different geography, demography and status of socio-economic development. Set along numerous fault lines, the entire region is often hit with earthquakes, some of which have been the worst in history. In the last 10-20 years, the list of major disasters have included: the 2004 tsunami which affected a number of countries and killed several hundred thousand people; the 2003 BAM earthquake in Iran and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. The region is also plagued by seasonal floods and landslides in countries like India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, Nepal and China, which kill thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in damage and severe hardships to millions of people in these countries each year. The situation is expected to worsen in the future due to the effects of climate change.

This is the situation facing the 37 Red Cross Red Crescent national societies (NSs) in the region, which currently provide a wide range of humanitarian relief assistance to poor vulnerable communities and those affected by public health emergencies and natural disasters. But there is an increasing need for the Red Cross to strengthen its capacity to mobilise its resources more effectively and efficiently at the national and regional levels, by working with national governments as well as other aid organisations, to reduce the vulnerability of the general population to natural and human-induced disasters.

This 2008-09 Appeal seeks partial funding support for the Federation's Asia Pacific Zone office's programmes which collectively aim to ensure that the Federation and national societies have adequate capacity to effectively improve the lives of vulnerable people and reduce the impact of disasters on those affected in the AP region. The programmes will facilitate the building of capacity as well as partnerships, collaboration and cross-sharing at national and regional levels.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this Appeal, please contact:

- Kuala Lumpur: Alistair Henley, Head of Zone,; phone:+ 60 3 216 108 92; fax: + 60 3 2161 1210

- Kuala Lumpur: Jagan Chapagain, Deputy Head of Zone, email:; phone:+ 60 3 2161 0892; fax: + 60 3 2161 1210

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