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East Africa sub regional programmes Appeal No. MAA64003 Report 2006 - 2007

Situation Report
Originally published


This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary: During the 2006-2007 appeal period, the East Africa sub-regional programmes appeal was revised twice in 2006 to include a construction project in the Rwanda Red Cross' (RRC) organizational development programme and an anti retroviral treatment (ART) component in the HIV and AIDS programme of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). In 2007, the appeal was further revised to include meningitis preparedness and response programme in Kenya and Uganda as well as to include a disaster early warning and preparedness programme in Tanzania. The revisions increased the original appeal budget from CHF 7,053,850 to CHF 8,013,273.

All the five National Societies put immense work towards achieving their programme goals and objectives. The initiative to decentralize took prominence in all the five National Societies in the sub-Zone (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda). Through the support of Partner National Societies (PNS) and the International Federation, the National Societies made commendable progress towards the decentralization process. To ensure success of the decentralization process, new management staff were recruited and trained, volunteer and membership base at provincial and branch levels was increased and the infrastructure of the decentralized system was improved.

Technical support in the implementation of the Lake Victoria Programme and 'mobilizing local capacity' pilot project in Burundi was provided during the appeal period. Notably, the National Society's disaster management capacities have been strengthened through relevant trainings, peer support visits and exchange of skills and knowledge to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 8,013,273 (USD 7,631,689 or EUR 5,008,296), out of which 43 per cent is covered.

For more detailed information on 2006-7 activities, please refer to:

Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400302.pdf

Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400302.pdf

Programme Update no. 3: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400303.pdf

Report 2006-2007 (2006): http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA64003ar06.pdf

Programme Update no. 4: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6400304.pdf

Related Emergency Appeals.

- Burundi: Humanitarian assistance to returnees and vulnerable groups MDRBI001

- Kenya: Drought MDRKE001 and Floods: MDRKE003

- Rwanda: Humanitarian assistance to returnees and host communities: MDRRW002

- Tanzania: Floods: MDRTZ005

- Uganda: Floods : MDRUG006

People we help: (see the attachment)

Current context

At the end of 2005 and into 2006, a severe drought was experienced in the larger Eastern Africa region. Four National Societies in the sub-Zone, namely Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania were affected by the drought with Kenya and Burundi being hardest hit, while Rwanda and Tanzania suffered to a lesser extent. Emergency drought appeals were subsequently launched in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Within the same year, unusually heavy rains resulted in floods, which assumed a similar pattern of severity in the same four countries leading to launch of an appeal for a floods response operation in Kenya. In 2007, similar appeals were launched in Tanzania and Uganda. Minor emergency floods operation appeals were also launched in Burundi and Rwanda in 2007. All five National societies were largely involved in these emergency operations alongside implementation of other long-term development programmes

Following successful peace talks in Burundi and the instalment of a newly elected government, there was a mass influx of Burundian and Rwandan refugees from Tanzania. Tanzanian authorities expelled refugees who had settled in the country without regularizing their status. In response to the massive population movement into Burundi and Rwanda, population movement emergency appeals were launched in the two countries.

All five National Societies were also involved in minor emergency responses for outbreaks of cholera, malaria, measles, meningitis and Ebola. Kenya and Tanzania were also on high alert for outbreaks of bird flu and Rift Valley Fever.

Contact information

For further information on this Appeal, contact:

Burundi: Katiyunguruza Anselme, Secretary General, Burundi Red Cross, Bujumbura; email: croixrougeburundi2000@yahoo.fr; Telephone: +257 21 62 46; Fax: +257 21 11 01

Kenya: Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society in Nairobi; email: gullet.abbas@kenyaredcross.org; Telephone: +254 20 30 35.93; Fax: +254 20 60 35 89

Rwanda: Karamanga Apollinaire, Secretary General, Rwandan Red Cross in Kigali; email: rrc@rwandatel1.com; Telephone: +250 58 54 46 250 58 54 48; Fax: +250 58 54 49

Tanzania: Adam Kimbisa, Secretary General, Tanzania Red Cross National Society in Dar-es- Salaam; email: logistics@raha.com; Telephone: +255 22 21 50 330; Fax: +255 22 25 11 47

Uganda: Alice Anukur, Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross Society in Kampala; email: sgurcs@redcrossug.org; Telephone: +256 41 258 701; Fax: +256 41 258 184

Kenya: Dr. Asha Mohammed, Federation Head of Zone, Eastern Africa in Nairobi; email: asha.mohammed@ifrc.org; Telephone: +254 20 283 51 24; Fax: +254 20 271 27 77.

In Geneva: Sabine Feuglet; phone: +41 22 73 0 4349; email: sabine.feuglet@ifrc.org