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East Africa Regional Programmes, Appeal No. MAA64001, Report 2006-2007

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This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2006 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

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.

In brief

Programme Summary: In 2006, focus for the regional humanitarian values, organizational development and food security programmes was on strengthening the 14 National Societies' capacities to develop, implement and deliver on plans linked to these programmes.

There was an overall scale up of interventions by the National Societies in the areas of public health, HIV and AIDS as well as water and sanitation (WatSan) through support from the health and care programme. Partnerships in public health allowed a common approach to planning malaria and measles control interventions in the region, while ensuring increased and sustained coverage. The International Federation's regional delegation's (in Nairobi) partnership with the Network of African People Living with HIV (NAP+) improved access to antiretroviral treatment at the regional level and stigma and discrimination reduction through anti-stigma campaigns. In addition, funding from the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Water Facility will ensure the expansion of WatSan programmes in the region.

The disaster management programme focussed on disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities including vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA) trainings, contingency plans development, active involvement in the International Strategy for Disaster Response (ISDR) and Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) forums and dissemination of risk reduction messages through the education systems in rural areas.

While the Humanitarian Values programme was off to a slow start due to a budget deficit for the first half of the year, a contribution in mid-2006 allowed the programme to meet most of its obligations. A major focus of the programme in 2006 was the re-vitalization of the eastern Africa regional communications forum and the development of a regional communications framework (2007-2010), in cooperation with regional National Society's communicators in late 2006.

Substantial organizational development support has been provided to Burundi, Djibouti and Madagascar, while other countries have received support according to the identified priorities. Highlights in 2006 included the adoption of new statutes in Djibouti and Madagascar and the election of new leadership teams elected in both National Societies as well as in Tanzania. Movement coordination meetings at regional and country levels involving the host National Societies, Partner National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were enhanced. A coordinated approach with regard to emerging emergencies demonstrated the importance of Movement coordination in supporting host National Societies as was experienced during the regional drought and floods that affected numerous countries in 2006.

Although funds were not available for the newly established food security programme, through some funding from the regional drought operation in 2006 and carry over funds from the Horn of Africa food security programme, efforts were made to accomplish some activities. In consultation with National Societies in the region, a five-year food security strategic plan was developed focusing on strengthening the capacity of prioritized National Societies.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 5,387,472 (USD 4,430,487 or EUR 3,325,600), out of which 56.2 per cent covered.

For more detailed information on 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1 and 2:

Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400101.pdf

Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400102.pdf

Goal: The National Societies aim to improve the lives of the most vulnerable communities by improving the food security situation as well s designing and implementing appropriate and sustainable community-based and care programmes.

No. of people we help:

Table 1: Number of people targeted for emergency assistance in 2006 in the East Africa region:

People targeted
Drought
Floods
Epidemics
Other disasters
Eastern Africa
903,000
522,700
341,931
52,000
Horn of Africa
118,620
83,775
308,520
404,500
Indian Ocean Islands
N/A
N/A
600
N/A
Totals
1,021,620
606,475
651,051
456,500

Our Partners: The Regional Delegation worked closely with ICRC during programme implementation across the region. Close partnerships were also fostered with UN agencies, development partners, and community-based, government and international humanitarian agencies.

Partner National Societies continue to play a significant role in the provision of funding, human resource and material support towards the regional programmes through the International Federation. This support has similarly contributed in complementing the Regional Delegation's efforts to strengthen the host National Societies' bilaterally funded programmes. The table below shows the Partner National Societies which supported the regional programmes in 2006.

Table 2: Partner National Societies supporting eastern Africa regional programmes

Regional programme
Partner National Society Support in 2006
Health and care
British Red Cross
Norwegian Red Cross
Swedish Red Cross
Japanese Red Cross
Disaster management British Red Cross
British Red Cross
Canadian Red Cross
Finnish Red Cross
German Red Cross
Irish Red Cross
Netherlands Red Cross
Organizational development
Swedish Red Cross
Humanitarian Values Swedish Red Cross
Swedish Red Cross
Food security
British Red Cross

For further information please contact:

Kenya: Per Jensnas, Federation Head of Eastern Africa Regional Delegation in Nairobi; email: per.jensnaes@ifrc.org; Telephone: +254 20.283 51 24; Fax: +254 20 271 84 15

Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for East Africa, Africa Department; email: amna.alahmar@ifrc.org; Telephone: +41 22 .730 .44 27; Fax: +41 22 733 03 95

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