The West Coast regional office - based in Abuja, Nigeria - covers seven National Societies (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo). However, with the presence of Federation country representation in Liberia, the Liberian Red Cross Society (LRCS) produces separate plan. The West Coast regional office directly works with the six National Societies covered by this plan. Programmes have been designed to ensure self-reliance systems and resources at community level through strengthening the capacities of National Societies. The main focus of these programmes is to address the needs of vulnerable people, especially people living with HIV (PLHIV), women, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and the aged.
The priorities for 2010-2011 as contained in this plan in the West Coast region are guided by the Federation's Global Agenda goals and the Framework for Action. Specific plans will be drawn from the Global Secretariat objectives and from the Algiers Plan of Action. This plan is a reflection of the needs emanating from this context and based on the National Societies' own strategic development plans (SDP) and Cooperation Agreement Strategies (CAS). Therefore, the strategy is to implement the vision of National Societies as presented in these documents. Programmatic approaches which build on the existing partnerships and structures established over the past years will be taken into consideration. New partnerships will be encouraged by drawing from lessons learned and employing new innovative ways of carrying out activities.
The commitment to ensure that West Coast National Societies scale up their activities demands that all stakeholders rise to the challenges that conflicts, disasters, population movements, poverty, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, avian and human pandemic and other health related challenges across the region pose to the traditional ways of providing assistance. The West Coast regional office key areas of support to the National Societies shall be to assist them in designing relevant disaster management and health strategies which shall lead to the reduction in the number of death, injuries and impact from disasters, diseases and health emergencies. It is critical that continued multi-sectoral and integrated assistance is provided to increase capacities at community level to enable vulnerable people in the West Coast region to better cope with the inherent risks that they face.
The population to be reached is estimated at about 11,150,000 people, representing vulnerable people in the communities in countries covered by the West Coast regional office mostly children, women and the aged and Red Cross staff, members and volunteers.
The total budget for 2010 and 2011 is CHF 6,579,111 (USD 6,352,946 or EUR 4,358,759).