Bolivia: Floods Appeal no. MDRBO002 Operations Update No. 2


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In Brief

Period covered: 23 February to 7 March 2007;

Appeal target: CHF 904,100 (USD 741,065, EUR 561,552); contributions made through the Federation are expected to be CHF 704,700 and the remainder is expected to be received through direct assistance. Appeal budget was revised from CHF 605,450 to CHF 904,100

(The Contributions List is currently being compiled and will be available on the website in due course)

Appeal history:

- Launched on 15 February 2007 for CHF 605,450 (USD 484,360 or EUR 373,735) for 6 months to assist 7,188 families (35,940 beneficiaries)

- Appeal revised on 5 March 2007 to CHF 904,100 (USD 741,065, EUR 561,552) for 6 months to assist 10,000 families (50,000 beneficiaries)

- Final Report is therefore due on 15 November 2007.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 120,000.

Operational Summary: The revised Emergency Appeal seeks to support 10,000 families (50,000 people) affected by the severe floods in the Departments of Beni, Cochabamba and Potosi through the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) Plan of Action. Activities in the revised Plan of Action include: the distribution of food parcels and toolkits for agricultural rehabilitation to ensure that communities affected have food security in the short and long term; health promotion and prevention actions against dengue/malaria; improving the National Society's capacity to respond in the emergency; strengthening the BRC telecommunications system in order to effectively respond and coordinate actions within the Plan of Action at the branch and headquarter level.

The Appeal has now received full coverage and additional funds will contribute to activities in the revised Plan of Action as agreed by donors, these include the following components:

- Increase of number of families assisted, increasing this number from 7,188 (35,940 beneficiaries) to 10,000 families (50,000 beneficiaries)

- Health promotion and prevention activities against dengue/malaria

- Strengthening the BRC telecommunications system

BRC personnel and volunteers from the Cochabamba branch distributed food parcels to 1,744 families (8,720 beneficiaries) in three communities in the Municipality of Villaroel. Evaluations in Potosi and Beni are under way and procurement activities are taking place for further distributions to take place.

The BRC is coordinating with all national and departmental authorities, and with humanitarian actors working in the country to ensure the needs of those affected are responded to effectively. The BRC forms part of the emergency response committees present across the country and is working with other humanitarian actors through sector groups for actions such as food and rural development. The Federation is supporting the National Society through the Regional Delegation in Lima, as well as with the presence of one Disaster Management delegate from the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) and two Regional Intervention Team (RIT) members who are participating in coordination and distribution efforts and in assessments.

Contributions to the Appeal to date through the Federation include those from the American Red Cross, the Japanese Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Swedish Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross, the Italian Government, Globeleq (private donor from the United States), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the contribution from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). The Italian Red Cross has also announced a contribution towards the appeal with its own funds.

Bilateral contributions made directly to the BRC's Plan of Action include those from the Chinese Government and the Spanish Red Cross. A German Red Cross representative is at present in the field in Bolivia in order to assess additional support to the BRC Plan of Action, which would be made in consortium with the Belgium Red Cross. All contributions will support the BRC's Plan of Action to support families affected by the floods.

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:

- In Bolivia: Dr. Abel Peña y Lillo, President, Bolivian Red Cross, e-mail, phone (5912) 220 2934/ 212 9225 fax (5912) 235 9102

- In Peru: Giorgio Ferrario, Head of Lima Regional Delegation; e-mail, phone (511) 221-8151, fax (511) 441-3607

- In Panama: Stephen McAndrew, Head of PADRU, e-mail, phone (507) 316 1001; fax 316-1082

- In Geneva: Olaug Bergseth, Federation Regional Officer, Americas Department, Geneva; email, phone (41 22) 730-4535, fax (41 22) 730-0395

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 (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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