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Indian Ocean Sub-regional Programmes Appeal No.MAA64002 Programme Update No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published


This report covers the period of 01//01/2007 to 30/06/2007 for the 2006-2007 Appeal.

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: In February 2007, a partnership meeting was held in Madagascar and all partners committed to support the overall restructuring of the National Society (NS). Implementation of activities was delayed due to internal crisis which was later resolved. Plans were further delayed due to the effects of a hectic cyclone season which obliged the NS to focus on disaster response for most of the first half of the year. In Seychelles, the newly recruited Secretary General and finance officer in the NS worked hard to improve financial procedures and to prepare 2005 and 2006 accounts for auditing.

A partnership meeting was held in Comoros in February. Following this, the Canadian Red Cross and the Federation committed support to a community awareness project regarding the Karthala volcano, for which the French Red Cross had already secured some funding. The unstable political situation in the country further delayed plans to launch the National Society's strategic planning session and to hold the general assembly. As of the end of June, African Union interventions to resolve the issue of unconstitutional elections on Anjou island had not made any progress.

In Mauritius, the Indian Ocean Sub-Regional Office consolidated its systems and structures to enable it to provide systematic support to National Societies and the Federation office in Madagascar, particularly in the area of financial management. A new Chairman was elected in the National Society in June.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 1,653, 943 USD 1,373,706 or EUR 1,002,389 out of which 52 Percent covered covered. Outstanding needs are CHF 795,352 USD 660,591 or EUR 482,031.

Related Emergency Appeals: Tsunami Appeal: M04EA028. Cyclone Appeal: MDRMG002

No. of people we help: Upwards of 10,000 families were assisted by Malagasy Red Cross Society following the passage of Indlala and Clovis cyclones in Madagascar. Training and coaching of governance members in Comoros and Madagascar is ongoing. The head of sub-regional office provided continuous support to the newly elected Secretaries General in Madagascar and Seychelles. Regular exchange of information was maintained with the deputy Director General of Mauritius Red Cross Society who represented the sub-region on the Red Cross-Network.

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 cover 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) which has resulted in funding for disaster risk reduction in Mauritius and Seychelles.

For further information please contact:

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; Phone +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

Mauritius: Susanna Cunningham, Head of Indian Ocean Islands Sub-Regional Office in Rose Hill; email:; Telephone: +230 454 69 34

Kenya: Dr. Asha Mohammed, Federation Head of Zone, Eastern Africa in Nairobi; email:; Telephone: +254-20-283 51 24; Fax + 254 20 271 27 77

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