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.
Programmes in China progressed as expected, even though massive flooding affected the work of the Red Cross throughout the country. Floods caused by torrential rains from late May to September this summer displaced hundreds of thousands of people. At least 844 people have died or are reported missing and 517,600 houses have been totally collapsed or heavily damaged as early as the end of July. The Federation allocated a disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) for the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) on 16 July and distributed relief goods, such as rice, quilts, water purification tablets and disinfectants immediately. Shortly afterwards, an emergency appeal was launched on 30 July to support affected people in the five provinces of Anhui, Chongqing (municipality), Henan, Hubei and Sichuan. Throughout this, the Federation has been providing support to the RCSC by jointly hosting workshops in China specifically on vulnerability and capacity assessments
(VCA), community-based disaster preparedness (CBDP) and general disaster management (DM) strategies.
In June, the RCSC began the process of establishing a global alliance on HIV, which entails a massive scale-up of HIV prevention and health care activities throughout the nation. The RCSC, with the support of a delegate seconded by the British Red Cross, was able to draft their three-year plan and budgets for a national HIV programme. At the same time, the RCSC is gaining recognition in China as a leading organization in the fight against AIDS through its participation in events such as the HIV prevention through sports workshops, sponsored
by the International Olympic Committee, and a jointly run fundraising event with UNAIDS and other partners on
World AIDS Day.
The RCSC has also achieved many of its goals in organizational development duringthis reporting period,
including exceeding its goal of having 80 percent of all prefecture branches gain independence from the ministry
of health, and launching a new national volunteer strategy and management guidelines.
Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 2,081,481 (USD 1,726,444 or EUR 1,304,008); out of which 54% is covered. Outstanding needs are CHF 942,718 (USD 859,430 or EUR 584,224).
No. of people we help: It is estimated that RCSC programmes supported by the Federation have reached millions of beneficiaries in China in 2007. Information in health programmes such as HIV/AIDS and avian influenza
prevention are each estimated to reach hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect beneficiaries throughout China. Beneficiaries of HIV programme efforts are estimated at 13,582 people (approximately 50 percent men and 50 percent women). CBDP programmes have reached thousands of individuals, and through disaster response training, it is expected that RCSC will be able to respond more effectively to aid the many Chinese citizens whoare affected each year by natural disasters.
Our Partners: Throughout 2007, the Red Cross Society of China and the Federation have worked with government agencies, at the national, provincial and local levels, and ten partner national societies that support
bilateral or multilateral projects in China. In addition, the RCSC is developing closer relationships and partnerships with UN organizations and other humanitarian NGOs, as well as with various corporations that support the RCSC's work in China.
For further information please contact:
Red Cross Society of China: Mr. Wang Xiaohua (director of external relations department), email: email@example.com; phone:+86 10 6404 8366, fax: +86 10 6402 9928.
Federation regional delegation in China: Mr. Carl Naucler (head of East Asia regional office); firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: +86 10 6532 7162, fax: +86 10 6532 7166.
Federation zone in Kuala Lumpur: Mr. Jagan Chapagain (deputy head of zone); email: email@example.com; phone: + 603 2161 0892; fax: + 603 2161 1210
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