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Southern Cone, South America: Appeal No. MAA46002, Annual Report

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This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: Support five National Societies in the Southern Cone and Brazil to effectively operationalize the Strategy 2010 and the Inter-American Plan 2007-2011.

Programme summary: The Regional Representation for the Southern Cone and Brazil has established closer relationships with the National Societies allowing for improved support to identify needs. An important part of this process has been the development of country support plans, which focus on the specific needs and priorities of National Societies. Undoubtedly, this new approach will be more effective in achieving proposed goals and the better use of resources. In addition to improved consistency in work, greater integration and coordination among actors and resources will be accomplished.

The global financial and economic crisis and the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) have created greater vulnerabilities in the region, and present new challenges. However, progress has been made and the implementation of national and regional plans was possible. The effective management by some governments has reduced the social impact of the economic crisis and to start a recovery process earlier than originally expected.

The particular situation of the Brazilian Red Cross (BRC) deserves special attention. The BRC has experienced considerable challenges with integrity of operations that pose significant difficulties with compliance with the National Society mandate and humanitarian mission. The Regional

Representation, along with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), has dedicated particular attention to the problem and is developing a recovery strategy for the National Society's serious situation. It was not possible to initiate the strategic recovery of the National Society during this period and the BRC remains in the same situation.

The financial report will be attached in the coming days.