The International Federation's support to the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has had many achievements in the past six months. The result of activities and efforts carried out include strengthened capacities, new initiatives, and stronger partnerships.
While both the RCSC and the International Federation continue to be focused on the recovery operation in the earthquake area since 12 May 2008, attention has gradually shifted back to other programmes, allowing for some integration of emergency and long-term development issues in the RCSC. In the earthquake affected areas, support continues in areas of psychological support, water and sanitation, livelihoods other community-based programmes for health and disaster preparedness. Disaster preparedness centres are being planned and support to the RCSC for their own disaster response units has made good progress.
The community-based disaster preparedness programme supported by the Finnish Red Cross for three years is progressing well, and structured mitigation measures have been completed in the selected communities. A joint visit to the sites with the Finnish Red Cross, the RCSC headquarters and the International Federation also took place very recently.
The community-based health and first aid approach is being widely rolled out in China, first through the earthquake recovery operation. It is envisaged that eventually other branches will join this process and efforts were made to sensitize other RCSC branches and the partner national societies on the new community-based health and first aid approach. The International Federation's office and RCSC headquarters are working towards developing a nationwide plan on community-based health and first aid, to ensure the synergies among different branches in the integration of community-based health and first aid principles and approaches into their existing community based health projects.