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East Asia: Appeal No. MAA54001 Programme Update No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published


This report covers the period 1 July 2008 to 31 December 2008.

In brief

Programmes summary: The International Federation's East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes Japan, China, Mongolia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea. The International Federation has programmes that support the national societies in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The staff of the East Asia regional office has extended their ongoing support to the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) due to the serious impact of the Sichuan earthquake that took place in May in China. This has meant many of the delegates have been very much engaged and focused on ensuring RCSC has the best possible support while waiting for delegates to be in place in the earthquake zone.

At the same time, the disaster management programmes of the International Federation have continued to support the national societies in further development of their disaster management strategies and contingency plans this year, with a focus on earthquake plans for Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS). Participants from the East Asia region participated in the regional disaster response team (RDRT) training in Singapore this October, and there are plans to adapt this to create a national disaster response team (NDRT) training the East Asia context.

The regional office has further supported the MRCS in translating the vulnerability and capacity assessment manual into Mongolian, which has now been distributed to all branches. In addition, the regional disaster management delegate was able to participate in the recent disaster management review in the DPRK.

The regional health and care programme has made great strides in the HIV cross-border project between China and Mongolia. The two Red Cross societies met with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other stakeholders to work out the details of implementation, successfully initiating the project with full support of the governments.

In addition, the health and care programme was able to host another health-in-emergencies workshop in Beijing, which brought participants from around the region, especially those who had been closely involved in the emergency health activities during the China earthquake relief operation. Case studies and experiences were shared and many new initiatives will be followed up on in the coming year.

The International Federation's regional office has also continued to support the national societies in the region with increased communications and information sharing, both within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and with domestic and international media sources. This has helped to spread the values and principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement within the region and beyond.

Financial situation: The total 2008 budget is CHF 12,383,408 (USD 11.59 million or EUR 8.29 million), of which 90 per cent is covered. Expenditure from January to November 2008 against income was 54 per cent over total income.

See also: China: Sichuan Earthquake (MDRCN003), Operations Update no. 18, six-month consolidated report; Mongolia: Hand, foot and mouth disease (MDRMN001), DREF Final Report

No. of people we help: It is difficult to estimate the total number of beneficiaries for the East Asia programmes supported by the International Federation as it is a mixture of direct support to beneficiaries and capacity building efforts of the national societies. During this reporting period, branch staff of the Mongolian, Chinese and DPRK Red Cross Societies directly benefited through support of the International Federation's initiatives. Due to the focus of the regional office on the earthquake operations, beneficiary numbers have not been gathered and analyzed.

Our partners: The International Federation's East Asia regional office works closely with the national societies in the region, their governments, and local communities. Other partners include the American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross/ Australian government, British Red Cross/ British government, Canadian Red Cross/ Canadian government, Danish Red Cross/ Danish government, Finnish Red Cross/ Finnish government, German Red Cross/ German government, Japanese Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross/ Netherlands government, Norwegian Red Cross/ Norwegian government, Spanish and Swedish Red Cross/ Swedish government. The United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID) is also a supporter in the region. Close coordination with other Movement partners, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Asian Red Cross Red Crescent Network on HIV (ART) is a key element of our work. Maintaining and building relations within the United Nations system continues to be a priority, especially with partners such as World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNFPA and other international and non-government organizations. Furthermore, the regional office works with international media agencies andother partners to promote the work of the Red Cross national societies in the region. The national societies in the region have many Red Cross partners engaged in both bilateral and multilateral projects. The International Federation supports the national societies in their coordination with partner national societies, specifically the CAS process that has been established in both DPRK and Mongolia and the Global Alliance on HIV/AIDS in both Mongolia and China.

The International Federation, on behalf of the national societies in the East Asia region, would like to thank the abovementioned partners for their generous support.