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Indian Ocean Sub-regional Programmes Appeal No.MAA64002 Final Report 2006-2007

Situation Report
Originally published


This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary: Several partners are committed to supporting the restructuring of the Malagasy Red Cross society. Implementation of activities was delayed due to the internal crisis and a hectic 2006/2007 cyclone season. Most of 2007 was spent on disaster response, although some aspects of disaster preparedness were thoroughly addressed in the second half of 2007. In Seychelles, the newly recruited Secretary General and Finance Coordinator of the National Society worked hard to finalize the preparation and audit of the 2005 and 2006 accounts. At a partnership meeting held in Comoros in February 2007, the Canadian and French Red Cross as well as the International Federation committed support to a community awareness project of the Karthala Volcano. The unstable political situation in the country, as well as the cholera epidemic in early 2007, delayed the launch of many National Society activities. The Indian Ocean Islands sub- Zonal Office in Mauritius consolidated its systems and structures to enable it to provide systematic support to National Societies as well as the Federation office in Madagascar, particularly in the area of financial management.

Goal: The National Societies in the sub-zone aim to maintain a high profile in responding to the needs of the vulnerable at community level

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 1,757,689 (USD xxx or EUR xxx) (out of which 56 per cent covered). Outstanding needs are CHF 770,833

Related Emergency and other Appeals: Tsunami: M04EA028; Cyclone Indlala: MDRMG002; Africa Health Initiative (Malaria, Measles): MAA60004. Cholera Epidemic: MDRKM001

No. of people we help: More than 10,000 families were assisted by the Malagasy Red Cross society following the passage of Cyclones Indlala and Clovis in Madagascar. The National Society, with the help of the Federation's Emergency Appeal, continued to prepare affected communities for the 2007/2008 cyclone seasons. A total of 2,835,000 children aged between nine months to five years old were reached through the Health initiative. Over 1,400 infected people were directly assisted by the National Society in Comores during the Cholera epidemic. Support is continuously given to the newly elected Secretaries General in Madagascar and Seychelles.

Our partners: Cooperation and coordination were maintained on a continuous basis with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Office for the Coordination Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Programme (WFP) and CARE international, as well as the national disaster response committee (BNGRC), during the cyclone season in Madagascar. The UN resident representative as well as the civil protection body in Comoros assisted in the designing of the Karthala community sensitization project. In Mauritius, contact was maintained with the UN resident representative who also covers Seychelles. Regular cooperation was maintained between the Zonal office in Nairobi and UN/International Strategy on Disaster Reduction concerning the Indian Ocean Consortium (formerly Bill Clinton Initiative) but due to lack of capacity, the National Societies in Seychelles and Mauritius were unable to directly capitalize on this available funding.

How we work

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering quality and accountable assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at

The International Federation's activities are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

For further information on this Appeal,

Comoros: Mohibaca Baco, President, Comoros Red Crescent in Moroni; email:; Telephone:+269 73 35 16; Fax: +269 73 06 64

Madagascar: Fanja Nantenaina Ratsimbazafy, Secretary General Malagasy Red Cross Society; email:; Telephone: +261 20 222 21 11; Fax: +261 20 226 67 39

Mauritius: Gaëtan Roland Lagesse, Director General, Mauritius Red Cross Society, Curepipe; Email; Telephone: +230.676.36.04; Fax: +230.483.66.80

Seychelles: Colette Servina, President, Seychelles Red Cross Society in Victoria; email:; Telephone: +, +248 52.04 45; Fax: +248 32 16 63

In Mauritius: Sussana Cunningham; Head of Sub-Zonal Office for the Indian Ocean Islands; Rose Hill; email;; Telephone: +230 454 6934; Fax: +230 454 7531

In Kenya: Dr. Asha Mohammed, Federation Head of Eastern Africa Zone, Nairobi; email:; Telephone: +; Fax: +

In Geneva: Sabine Feuglet; email:; Telephone: +41 22 730 4349