Disaster response - As of 20 December 2011, various natural disasters this year had left 1,081 people dead or missing in China, 440 million people affected and created over 311 billion yuan (approx. 49 billion dollars) in direct economic losses. In the second half of 2011, China was hit mainly by several floods and earthquakes. With the support of IFRC regional delegation, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) responded swiftly to the serious disasters with relief items and other assistance needed.
Disaster management – The IFRC’s regional disaster management team, with contributions of experts from the zone office, have been able to support the RCSC in developing capacities in both planning and organizational preparedness. There have been great strides in the past months on further consolidating and supporting the RCSC’s emergency relief team development and agreements on establishing national disaster response teams at the headquarters level. Further work has been done on the grassroots level of community disaster risk reduction in Shaanxi and Gansu.
Health and care – The IFRC continues to work very closely with RCSC headquarters to support their initiatives and activities in the areas of health and care. The RCSC has stepped up their advocacy on issues of HIV, and have had a very successful pilot project on Tuberculosis in Shanxi province, supported by Lilly China. The community-based health and first aid initiatives of the RCSC are also expanding and fulfilling a needed role for better integration, capacity building, service delivery and a platform for health interventions at community levels.
Organizational development – Branch and leadership development has been stepped up in the past few months. The IFRC is partnering with ICRC and RCSC headquarters to design a leadership training specific to the China context. In addition, support for finance and programme management has continued. Excellent lessons learned from the continuing Intensified Capacity Building project, supported by IFRC’s organizational development department in Geneva, have been widely shared with anticipation of capturing the model in its final project year.
Sichuan earthquake recovery programmes - The earthquake appeal will be officially closed by the end of 2011. The long-term recovery efforts of the RCSC will be included in the China annual plan and will continue to be implemented in line with the original plans.
The total 2011 budget is CHF 279,616, of which CHF 587,427 (210 per cent) is covered during the reporting period. Overall expenditure during the reporting period was CHF 121,387 (43 per cent) of the budget.
No. of people we have reached
The total number of direct and indirect beneficiaries in RCSC programmes supported by IFRC is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, although it is challenging to count due to the sheer scope of China and RCSC programmes. During this reporting period, branch staff and volunteers directly benefited from IFRC support through multiple trainings and capacity building initiatives. Indirect beneficiaries could be much higher, especially with the success of public campaigns and media coverage supported by IFRC.
These programmes are supported through the generous donations of partners that include the American Red Cross, British Red Cross Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Finnish Red Cross/ Finnish government, Japanese Red Cross and Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government. RCSC has active programmes of bilateral cooperation with other members of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, including its special autonomous branches in Hong Kong and Macao, the American, Australian, Canadian, Netherlands, Norwegian and Swiss Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The RCSC coordinates closely with the ministry of health and civil affairs at local and national levels, ensuring that Red Cross activities are focused in areas where they have greater impact and cooperation from the local governments. Local organizations and community groups are important local partners for implementing activities, as well as reaching groups that might otherwise be difficult to access, such as minority communities. The RCSC also participates in collaborative efforts with other stakeholders and organizations working in related fields, such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO). The launch of a HIV Global Alliance in China will bring together many Red Cross partners, as well as non-Red Cross Red Crescent partners, under one programme strategy and plan of action, devised by RCSC.
On behalf of the Red Cross Society of China, IFRC would like to thank all partners for their support.