Bangladesh: Appeal No. MAABD001 Final Report 2006-2007


This report covers the period 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programmes summary: During 2006-2007, overall programme implementation by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) was successful, resulting in a visible impact in some areas of the programmes. This was despite various challenges related to the political situation and massive destruction due to a series of natural calamities (such as floods, cyclones, fires, cold waves, tornados, river erosions and landslides) that hit Bangladesh during the reporting period.

The BDRCS responded to these disasters in a timely and effective way, showing that there had been improvements inthe link between better preparedness and better disaster response. The BDRCS disaster response teams and volunteers were involved in preliminary needs assessments, relief distributions, medical assistance, evacuation of community people and provision of timely information during the emergency operations. BDRCS provided health services to the most vulnerable population through its health infrastructure, ranging from mother and child health centres, hospitals, outdoor clinics and blood centres.

During this period, the national society adopted a holistic and integrated approach in organizational development, especially the unit (branch) development concept, which paved the way for BDRCS to plan and implement activities in a more systematic manner. Further, the humanitarian values programme was integrated closely with the other programmes of the national society.

The 2006-07 programme and budget were redesigned based on emerging priorities in early 2007.

Financial situation: The total 2006-2007 budget was CHF 6,493,489 million (USD 5.81 million or EUR 3.93 million), of which 64 percent was covered. Overall expenditure against income for the period was 77 per cent.

No. of people we help:

Reporting period Programme title Total beneficiary numbers

January 2006 to December 2007
Women %
Men %
Disaster management
Health and care
Organizational Development
Humanitarian Values

Our partners: Approximately 41 community-based, national, government-based, international organizations, the United Nations, developmental agencies and partners within the Movement. Besides the consortium of British, German and Swedish Red Cross Societies and the European Union, other partners include the Swiss and Japanese Red Cross Societies, Department for International Development (DFID), World Health Organization, UNICEF, Ministry of Health, Department of Public Health Engineering, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, and Safe Blood Transfusion Programme.

How we work

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

The Federation's Global Agenda The International Federation undertakes activities that are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society: Mr. M. Shafiul Alam (Secretary General), email:, phone: +88.02.935.2226

Federation country delegation in Bangladesh: Mr. Selvaratnam Sinnadurai (Head of Delegation), email:, phone: +88.02.933.7314, fax: +88.02.934.1631

Federation South Asia regional office in India: Al Panico (Head of Regional office), email:; phone: +91.11.2411.1125; fax: +91.11.2411.1128

In Malaysia: Jagan Chapagain (Deputy Head of zone); email:; phone: +603.9207.5702; fax: + 603.2161.1210; mobile: +