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Central Africa Sub-Regional Programmes Appeal No. MAA62001 Report 2006-2007

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This report covers the period of 1/01/06 to 31/12/06 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: The Federation's Central Africa Sub-Regional Office (CASRO) in Yaounde covers eight countries, including Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo and Sao Tome and Principe. The sub region has two country delegations reporting to CASRO, one in Kinshasa and one in Chad. For reports on Red Cross activities in these three countries, please see separate reports for Kinshasa and Chad delegations. This report only covers activities in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe (STP).

CASRO supported the National Society's of Central Africa to implement their health and care, disaster management, organizational development and humanitarian values programmes. The most significant achievements in 2006 include the Filles Libres HIV and AIDS project, the training of the regional disaster response team on water and sanitation, the training of the National Society of Cameroon, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the cooperation agreement strategy (CAS) and the schooling of young girls in the Northern part of Cameroon.

Goal: To meet the Federation's mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Central Africa.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 3,691,938 (USD 3,058,772 or EUR 2,320,514), out of which 51.1 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/MAA6200101.pdf
Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAA6200102.pdf

No. of people we help: In 2006, the programmes conducted by Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe Red Cross societies, with the technical and financial support of CASRO, benefited approximately 2,000,000 people. CASRO endeavoured to build the disaster management and preparedness, organizational development and health care capacities of the National Societies in 2006, to enable the them to increase the number of beneficiaries from 2,000,000 in 2006 to 2,600,000 in 2007. The people assisted in 2006 included female sex workers (in Cameroon), elderly people in Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe, as well as women and men and children in all five National Societies. The programme for sex workers in Cameroon has proven very successful, as has the schooling of young girls. This will be reinforced in 2007. Thus, it is anticipated that CASRO will support Red Cross volunteers to carry out activities to benefit over 2,600,000 people in Central Africa in 2007.

Our Partners: CASRO's partners in 2006 included the various communities in all eight Red Cross National Societies of Central Africa, associations of people living with HIV (AFASO, Association des femmes actives et solidaires, Espoir+ and RAP+, Réseau africain des personnes vivant avec le VIH), associations des Filles Libres (CLAP, Club des amis de la prudence, AFID, Association des femmes dynamiques, and Horizons Femmes), the government ministries of social affairs and health in all eight countries, the Cameroon's DPC at MINATD (Direction de la protection civile au ministère de l'administration territoriale et de la décentralization), the British and Canada High Commissions in Central Africa, the embassies of Japan and USA, the French Cooperation, the Central Africa Regional Network to Roll Back Malaria, WHO, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, the Irish government, the British DFID, the Swedish, Japanese and Greek Red Cross Societies, ICRC, as well as the Geneva-based Federation's Secretariat General and decentralized structures.

For further information please contact:

Cameroon: Javier Mederano, Federation's Head of Central Africa Sub-Regional Office; email: javier.medrano@ifrc.org ; Telephone: +237 629 87 89

Senegal: Alasan Senghore, Federation's Head of West and Central Africa Regional Delegation; email : alasan.senghore@ifrc.org , Telephone: +221 86 93 640

In Geneva: Jaime Duran, Federation Regional Officer for Central Africa, Africa Department; email: jaime.duran@ifrc.org ;Telephone +41 22 730 49 14; Fax +41 22 733 03 95