In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
Programme Summary: The West and Central Africa region is prone to disasters such as population movements due to civil unrest in DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Central Africa, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone as well as the Sahel food insecurity crisis and the floods that occurred due to climatic changes.
2006 was a year of re-orienting Disaster Management in the region and was developed to reduce the vulnerability of the populations through efficient and effective response. Some of these tools include the contingency planning process in anticipation of slow onset of disasters, the Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) system which has been harmonized and renovated, and the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) utilization which has very useful for unforeseen disasters.
The Disaster Management team made significant progress in terms of preparedness, despite the lack of human resources to support the programme. More than 25 interventions were undertaken to assist over 3.1 million people .Most operations were carried out by the National Disaster Response Teams (NDRT) and RDRT trained members.
According to the 2006 Human Development Index Report (HDIs) (Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis), the low HDIs in the region are partly due to lack of access to water and sanitation (WatSan). The report also states that the WatSan crisis is holding back development and consigning a large percentage of the population to poverty, vulnerability and insecurity
2006 was also marked by the set-up of a regional health coordination structure with the recruitment of a regional health and care coordinator (in June) and a regional WatSan coordinator (in November), who are based in the Federation Regional Delegation in Dakar. A third regional health officer was recruited (in August) for the Lagos regional office. One of the direct outcomes of the improved coordination was the finalization of the Regional Health strategy 2007-2010, translating ARCHI 2010 and the Algiers Plan of Action into the regional context and promoting an integrated approach to community health priorities.
Goal: The Federation Regional Delegation in Dakar, will continue the process towards strengthening and consolidating the present structure to enable it be more efficient, cost effective and accountable to the National Societies in the region by establishing appropriate mechanisms for effective technical coordination, planning, preparedness and response in line with the Algiers Plan of Action and ARCHI 2010.
Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 14,691,051 (USD 12,141,364 or EUR 8,957,957) out of which 44 percent covered.
For more detailed information on the 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1 and 2:
Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6100101.pdf
Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6100102.pdf
No. of people we help: The direct beneficiaries of community integrated management of childhood illnesses programme community (IMCI) are women and children from Pout, Yade, Ndey and Malicounda in Senegal. About 6,728 children aged under five years have been regularly weighed in the framework of the community IMCI programme. A total of 12,012 people were reached through social mobilization In Disaster Management, more than 25 interventions were undertaken to assist more than 3.1 million people. Most operations were carried out by the NDRT and RDRT trained members.
Our Partners: The main partners included the Danish Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross and the Swedish Red Cross, Cross (in country costs among others) as well as the Irish Government, ECHO and DFID (British government).
For further information please contact:
Dakar: Alasan Senghore, Federation's Head of West and Central Africa Regional Delegation; email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Telephone +221 86 93 640
Geneva: Jaime DURAN, Federation Regional Officer for Central Africa, Africa Department.; email: email@example.com; Phone +41 22 730 49 14; Fax +41 22 733 03 95