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Chernobyl Humanitarian Assistance and Rehabilitation Programme (CHARP): Appeal No. MA67002 - Annual Report 2010

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The report covers the period from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010

In brief

Programme outcome: Effective medical, social and psychological assistance is provided to targeted individuals in the regions affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Programme(s) summary: During 2010, CHARP continued to provide general medical, social and psychological assistance in the six regions of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia affected by the Chernobyl disaster. The main focus was on thyroid cancer screening in the priority group of people who were aged between 0 and 40 at the time of the Chernobyl accident and live in radiation contaminated areas. The Red Cross mobile diagnostics laboratory teams (MDL) screened 104,049 patients out of which 46 per cent were screened for the first time. Totally 49,409 cases of thyroid pathologies, 47 per cent of all screened, were detected. This fact alone shows that CHARP is providing a vital, life-saving service. Totally 16,468 patients suspected of having different types of thyroid gland cancer were referred to specialised medical institutions.
Suspected thyroid cancer cases were confirmed in 189 patients.

The important impact of CHARP activities was provided via psychosocial support focused on diminishing stress and anxiety in the population by delivering accurate information about the longterm consequences of the disaster. Some 32,600 people received psychosocial support from CHARP. At the end of 2010 were supplied over 607,000 tabs of multivitamins to be distributed to children in winter time.

Financial situation: The total 2010 budget is CHF 512,163, of which 93 per cent covered.
Expenditure was CHF 424,479. Expenditure against budget was 83 per cent and expenditure against funding was 89 per cent. In 2010 the programme received contributions from the Irish government, the Japanese Red Cross and the Austrian Red Cross.

No. of people we help: According to reports from the Red Cross Societies of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia in the period from January to December 2010 about 136,650 people have benefited directly from CHARP interventions as follows:

  • Thyroid gland and breast screening: 89,731 and 14,318 people respectively

  • Psychosocial support: 32,600 people

Our partners: CHARP is being implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together with the Red Cross Societies of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine in close cooperation with the ministries of health of all three countries.