This report covers the period 1/01/2010 to 31/12/2010.
Under this appeal, the Sahel Regional Representation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has provided necessary technical support in two main areas: Health and Disaster management. The Health Coordination unit in Dakar provides effective technical support, coordination, planning, performance, monitoring and evaluation in West and Central Africa to assist national societies in developing sustainable community based health projects and emergency health through preparedness and response in the health sector. Disaster Management is central to the mission of the Sahel Regional Representation and its nine National Societies (Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal). Through regional and national programs, the Sahel Disaster Management department provides disaster risk reduction, including adaptation to climate change, disaster preparedness, response and recovery services. Programmes seek to alleviate immediate suffering, and speed recovery by re-establishing livelihoods. Moreover, they also aim to reduce disaster risk and ultimately increase community resilience and capacities.
Health: 2010 was the first year when a single African zone was established. While this will eventually mean Health and Care coordination from the Dakar office will focus on the 9 Sahel countries, during 2010, technical support continued to be provided to the three Regional Health and Care Programmes for the 24 National Societies in West- and Central Africa. The technical support and coordination has mainly been in areas such as community based health and First Aid (CBHFA), malaria, HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza, immunization campaigns and emergency health.
As auxiliaries to their Governments in humanitarian affairs and particularly in disaster management, the nine Sahelian National Societies played a key role in the mitigation of disaster vulnerabilities during 2010 in their respective countries. The technical support of the Sahel Regional Representation Disaster Management department has been crucial in these achievements. Through the 2010 DREFs and appeals, the Sahel DM guided and monitored disaster activities to improve both the quality and timeliness of National Societies’ interventions. It also provided an overall preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction program based on regional contingency stocks as well as Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (VCA) trainings. It also provided relevant technical support to Central Africa and West Coast Regional Representations.
The original 2010 budget was CHF 6,114,462, of which CHF4,090,561 (67%) was covered during the reporting period (including opening balance). Overall expenditure during the reporting period amounted to CHF 3,707,969 (91% of the available funds, 61% of the original budget).