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West & Central Africa Sub-Zone Programmes (MAA6100), Mid-Year Review

Situation Report
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This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 30/06/2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: The programmes will contribute to the achievement of the strategic aims of the Strategy 2020, whilst guided by the Johannesburg Commitments the local priorities. As outlined in the 2010-2011 plans, the Disaster Management (DM) programme seeks to provide all possible and relevant support to the 24 National Societies (NS) of the West and Central Africa Sub-Zone. The DM programme aims to strengthen their capacities in disaster risk reduction (DRR) including adaptation to climate change; early warning system development; preparation for, response to, and reporting on emergencies in a timely and appropriate manner. The health coordination support NS in West and Central Africa (NS) to have in place sustainable community-based health projects and capacity to response to emergency. The Migration unit is seeking to strengthen NS capacity to address the most urgent situations of migrants, promote social inclusion and culture of non-violence and peace.

Programme(s) summary: The restructuring process in Africa resulted in the creation of one IFRC Zone Office and six regional representation and several country representation offices. Consequently, the structure in West and Central Africa Zone (WCAZ) has changed to three IFRC Regional representation offices (Sahel, Central Africa and West Coast Regions) reporting directly to the Africa Zone office in Johannesburg.

However, the regional programmes in the Sahel Regional Representation in Dakar continue providing technical support to the 24 National Societies1 in West and Central Africa, whilst developing capacity in the two new regional offices. The DM activities were focused on strengthening NS capacities on projects including prevention, early warning and early action systems, mitigation; community preparedness for recurrent disasters, disaster preparedness and response capacity building, disaster response and recovery operations. The food security Agricultural kits distributed to benefiting families during the floods recovery phase in Senegal/IFRC programmes focused on livelihood enhancement. In order to ensure disaster preparedness, the West and Central Africa Sub-Zone regional Representation's disaster response team database has been reviewed and updated. Three regional disaster response team (RDRT) members (team leader, finance and relief) were deployed to East Cameroon to provide assistance during the refugee operation. Continuously the team provided technical support to the monitoring of disaster situations and the response activities. The team also provided technical support on disaster response operations supported through the IFRC disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) and international emergency appeals including floods, storms, food insecurity and violent winds.

Through the health and care coordination, the IFRC Representation Office in Dakar assisted the NS and the two regional offices covering 24 NS West and Central Africa. The Technical support and coordination have mainly been on community-based health and First Aid (CBHFA), Malaria, HIV and AIDS, human pandemic preparedness, immunization campaigns and health emergencies. Progress has been made in fostering partnerships with the Ministries of Health and other agencies working in the health sector.

The adoption of a Migration Policy by the 17th General Assembly has provided a guiding framework for migration programmes worldwide. The region has already disseminated the Policy to the 24 National Societies of West and Central Africa. Building networks within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and with external partners on migration also been a priority.