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Central America and Mexico MAA43001 Annual Report 2010

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

In brief

Programme purpose: Support the seven National Societies in the Central America and Mexico region, working closely together with them to effectively implement the Inter-American Plan 2007– 2011.

Programme(s) summary: Technical support to the seven National Societies was provided in 2010 through close collaboration with the regional representation for Central America and Mexico technical programmes, namely disaster risk management, health and care, organizational development and humanitarian principles and values. The disaster risk reduction focused its efforts on three components: organizational preparedness, community-based disaster risk reduction and recovery. The health and care programme continue working on HIV and AIDS, public health at the community level and during emergencies. Moreover, the organizational development worked together with National Societies to strengthen National Societies’ governance, management and organizational development processes, as well as volunteering and youth development. Finally, cross-cutting efforts to promote Humanitarian Principles and Values were undertaken within the different programmes in the region based on human resource capacities and available funding.

Financial situation: The total budget for 2010 was 2,004,013 Swiss francs, of which 1,930,421 Swiss francs (96 per cent) was covered during the reporting period (including the opening balance). Overall expenditure during the reporting period was 1,692,207 Swiss francs (84 per cent) of the budget.
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No. of people we have reached: The regional representation, through the Regional Risk Reduction programme and with the support of the secretariat and actions carried out by the National Societies in Central America during 2010, was able to reach around 36,492 direct beneficiaries in at least 30 communities in Central America.

Under the framework of the Global Alliance on HIV, 116,023 people were reached with prevention messages and 1,057 people living with HIV and 629 orphans and vulnerable children were supported in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Furthermore, the regional representation has supported the strengthening of capacities in Central America and Mexico through trainings. In 2010, National Society staff and volunteers received training on disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness tools, HIV and AIDS, community based health and first aid (CBHFA in Action) methodology, water and sanitation programming, emergency health, leadership, volunteering and youth development, among others. Our partners: The regional representation continues to work together with International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners in the region, including: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the American Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross, the Finnish Red Cross, the German Red Cross, the Italian Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross, the Swiss Red Cross, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. Partners outside the Movement have also been instrumental in supporting the region’s National Societies, including: Albatros Foundation, CARE, Centre for the Coordination of the Prevention of Natural Disasters (CEPREDENAC), UK Department for International Development (DfID), European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and DIPECHO partners, Handicap International, FEMICA, Llorente y Cuenca, Lions’ Club, Meteorology Service, Más Publicidad, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Plan International, Radio Netherlands, Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) in Costa Rica, , UNICEF, Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), and Global Fund.