Eastern Africa Appeal No. MAA64001 Annual report 2010

This report covers the period 01 January to 31 December 2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: The Eastern Africa region experiences numerous small to medium scale disasters that cause deaths, destroy property and erode the already weak livelihoods and coping mechanisms of communities. During the reporting period, the region experienced floods, landslides, cyclones, epidemic outbreaks as well as drought. The East Africa Regional Representation continues to prioritize enhancing the capacities of National Societies (NS) to support community resilience in order for them to respond to the humanitarian challenges that plague the region.

The disaster management (DM) programme aims at building well prepared, stronger and more effective National Societies that are able to predict, prevent and reduce risks and respond to the high level of humanitarian demands in the region posed by small and medium scale disasters. The health and social services programme focus has been to reduce vulnerability to HIV through preventing further infection, expanding care, treatment and support, and reducing stigma and discrimination. The water and sanitation (WatSan) programme has focused on strengthening WatSan programming and emergency response capacities at National Society level.

Recognising the important role of advocacy and positioning National Societies as first responders to natural disasters, the regional communications unit provided support to all major emergency operations during the reporting period, including Kenya and Tanzania floods and landslides in Uganda.