Indian Ocean Sub-Regional Programmes Appeal No.MAA64002, Report 2006-2007


This report covers the period of 1/01/2006 to 31/12/2006 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: During 2006, the Karthala Volcano (one of the most active in the world) in Comoros entered into activity as it had in 2005 and caused a major humanitarian concern. The National Society worked closely with the National Disaster Committee and other partners in monitoring the situation and prepared a response in case of a major eruption. In Madagascar the National Society held its general assembly at the end of August 2006 and a new National Committee was elected in conformity with newly approved statutes. A Secretary General, finance and an administration officer were subsequently appointed to lead the management.

The Seychelles Red Cross Society faced serious management challenges, especially in the area of financial management during the year mainly due to the lack of a Secretary General and qualified finance officer at the headquarters. The Federation appointed a short term organizational development adviser to the National Society to support governance in resolving some of the financial issues as well as advancing the process of recruiting a Secretary General.

Activities in the sub-region are supported under this Appeal as well as the Tsunami Appeal (M04EA028).

For more detailed information on the 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1, 2 and 3.

Programme Update no. 1:

Programme Update no. 2:

Programme Update no. 3:

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

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 1,653,943 (USD 1,518,814 or EUR 1,201,593), out of which 40 percent covered. Click here to go directly to the attached financial report.

No. of people we help: In 2006, 500 households in Madagascar and approximately 82,000 people in Seychelles (the total population) directly benefited from their respective National Societies' emergency responses to a cyclone and a Chikungunya epidemic, through the Federations Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF). Additionally, 22 regional committees as well as the national committee in the Madagascar Red Cross Society were trained and coached on Federation governance procedures during and after the general assembly process. The three regional committees in Comoros were assisted with the preparation and holding of their local assemblies. In Seychelles, ongoing coaching was given to the board of the National Society as it tried to master issues of financial control.

Our Partners: In the implementation of this Appeal, the Federation worked closely with the governments of Madagascar and Mauritius, OCHA, five Red Cross and Red Crescent (Movement) partners and the west and central Africa regional delegation.

For further information please contact:

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

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

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

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

Kenya: Per Jensnäs, Federation Head of Eastern Africa Regional Delegation in Nairobi; email:; Telephone: +254 20 283 51 24; Fax: +254 20 271 27 77

Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for Eastern Africa, Africa Department; email:; Telephone: +41 22 730 44 27; Fax: +41 22 733 03 95

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