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China: Appeal No. MAACN001 Report 2006-2007

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This report covers the period of 1 January to 31 December 2006 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:

2006 brought the most serious natural disasters to hit China since 1998. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) was well positioned to respond to over 42 different disasters in 2006, serving hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries. Programmes supported by the annual appeal helped build capacity and strengthen strategies for longer-term solutions, such as housing reconstruction and community-based disaster preparedness activities.

Similarly, the RCSC was able to play a key role in serving vulnerable populations through health education and community-based initiatives, especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Avian Influenza, which both pose a serious threat to the health of Chinese communities. RCSC was able to improve its capacity and programme management through the support of annual appeal funding, and continued to contribute towards the global agenda and the Millennium Development Goals. Further work in organizational development has supported many more branches to become independent from government counterparts and has built up both fundraising capacities and public recognition.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 2.08 million (USD 1.7 million or EUR 1.26 million), out of which 32.2 percent is covered.

No. of people we help:

It can be estimated that RCSC programmes supported by the Federation have reached millions of beneficiaries in China in 2006. Information in health programmes such as HIV/AIDS and avian influenza prevention have each been estimated to reach hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect beneficiaries throughout China. Community-based disaster preparedness (CBDP) programmes have reached thousands of individuals, and the operational development has impacted RCSC both in public recognition through financial support and branch independence.

Our Partners:

The Red Cross Society of China and Federation have close working relations with many government agencies, at the national, provincial and local levels. RCSC's work also involves many other community and national level agencies and organizations, including those within the UN system. In 2006, RCSC collaborated with six partner national societies on bilateral projects, and the two branches of Hong Kong and Macau continued to support programmes in various provinces.

For further information please contact:

Red Cross Society of China: Mr. Wang Xiaohua (director of external relations department), email: rcsc@chineseredcross.org; phone:+86.10.6404-8366, fax: +86.10.6402-9928.

Federation regional delegation in China: Mr. Alistair Henley (head of East Asia regional delegation); alistair.henley@ifrc.org; phone: +86.10.65327162, fax: +86.10.65327166.

Federation Secretariat in Geneva: Ms. Ewa Eriksson (regional officer, Asia Pacific department); email:ewa.eriksson@ifrc.org; phone: +41227304252; fax: +41.22.7330395