Cook Islands + 10 more

Pacific Region: Appeal No. MAA55001 Mid-Year Report

Originally published


This report covers the period 01/01/10 to 30/06/10.

In brief

Programme summary:

Cross sectoral initiatives during this period include:

- A dialogue with the Pacific Island Forum on potential cooperation initiatives.

- Delivery of the regional Community Resilience Forum, aimed at improving understanding of members in integrated approaches to working with communities.

- A monthly regional newsletter contributed to sharing best practice and improved coordination between Pacific members and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners.

- A monthly roster of travel by all Movement actors shared with all member and regional partners.

- An upgrade of administrative systems within the Pacific Regional Office.

Disaster Management (DM) support and initiatives include:

- Support to response operations in the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea.

- Regional lessons learned exercises based on learning from the Tsunami operation in Samoa.

- Piloting of upgraded standardized disaster response training modules in Tonga.

- Initiation of the establishment of the Pacific Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT).

- Further development of the DM Cooperation Framework.

- Establishment of a logistics taskforce.

- Contributed to the national contingency planning process in the Cook Islands and Vanuatu.

- Training on Climate Change Adaptation and the use of participatory approaches for working with communities on risk reduction in the Solomon Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia (Micronesia).

- Risk reduction programme design in the Cook Islands.

- Development of publication and case studies on community based approaches in the Pacific.

Health and Care (HC) support and initiatives included:

- Supporting the Cook Islands Red Cross Society, Kiribati Red Cross Society, Micronesia Red Cross Society and the Samoa Red Cross Society in the implementation of ongoing HIV and AIDS programming, Club 25 (blood safety), youth peer education (YPE) and condom distribution.

- Assisting in the annual review of HIV programming and planning for 2010/2011 in consultation with the Cook Islands Red Cross Society, Kiribati Red Cross Society, Micronesia Red Cross Society and the Samoa Red Cross Society.

- Giving community based health and first aid technical advice to: the Cook Islands Red Cross Society, Micronesia Red Cross Society, the Samoa Red Cross Society and the Tuvalu Red Cross Society (in formation).

- Contributing to the development of the regional advocacy document on HIV with Australian Red Cross and Pacific Island AIDS Foundation.

- Contributing to the development of the YPE curriculum on voluntary non-remunerated blood donation.

- Training in monitoring and evaluation for 12 regional national societies.

- Providing health strategy consultation meetings in Suva.

- Following through with the recruitment of community based health delegate.

- Coordinating with New Zealand Red Cross on commercial first aid support to the regional national societies

Organizational Development (OD) support and initiatives included:

- Preparing for a General Assembly: Solomon Islands Red Cross Society, Tuvalu Red Cross Society (in formation)

- Following up with the recognition process: Tuvalu

- Finance development: Kiribati

- Harmonized Movement planning: Samoa Red Cross Society, Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society, Micronesia Red Cross Society, and Vanuatu Red Cross Society

- Governance training and advisory services: Vanuatu Red Cross Society, Micronesia Red Cross Society, Palau Red Cross Society, and the Samoa Red Cross Society

- Management coaching: Kiribati Red Cross Society, Samoa Red Cross Society

- Management planning: New Zealand Red Cross

- Communications: Micronesia Red Cross Society, Palau Red Cross, Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society International Disaster Response Laws (IDRL):

Promotion of legal preparedness for disasters and the effective application of existing international legal tools in disaster management were undertaken in the first half of the year at both national and regional levels.

Financial situation:

The total 2010 budget is CHF 2,290,687 (USD 2.11 million or EUR1.73 million), revised from the original budget of CHF 1,771,839 (USD 1.71 million or EUR1.16 million), of which 83 per cent is covered. Overall expenditure was CHF 917,558 or 40 per cent of the budget.

No. of people we help:

The Pacific Regional Office covers 14 countries and provides support to 13 national societies: Australian Red Cross (ARC), Cook Islands Red Cross Society (CIRCS), Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Marshall Islands Red Cross Society (in creation), Micronesia Red Cross Society (MRCS), New Zealand Red Cross (NZRC), Palau Red Cross Society (PRCS), Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS), Samoa Red Cross Society (SRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tonga Red Cross Society (TRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (in formation), and the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS).

The DM programme reached 150 staff and volunteers through capacity building and training initiatives, with 305,221 beneficiaries assisted from support to disaster response operations. The International Federation provided direct financial and technical assistance to CIRCS, SRCS, KRCS and MRCS for the HIV programme through a Global Fund grant and reached out to approximately 32,200 people, predominantly youth and high risk groups, through community based first aid (CBHFA); YPE and social mobilization for voluntary non-remunerated blood donations. The accelerated Human Influenza preparedness programme by Tuvalu Red Cross Society (in-formation) benefited 8,000 people (80 per cent of the total population), and Fiji Red Cross reached about 2,507 people. Thirty participants from 12 national societies and three partner organizations attended the regional planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) training. Twenty participants from Micronesia and one from PRCS attended the voluntary non-remunerated blood donation workshop. FRCS health teams assisted 6,800 people affected by the typhoid outbreak and tropical cyclone Tomas during the reported period.

Our partners:

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) is a loyal multilateral supporter of the International Federation's work in the Pacific. JRCS's contribution benefited a range of health, DM and organizational development activities. ARC, NZRC, the French Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continue to work closely with the International Federation to ensure coherent support to national societies. ARC, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Norwegian Red Cross supported the International Federation's DM programme. The International Federation collaborates closely with the ICRC's Pacific Delegation, particularly in OD activities. The Spanish Red Cross contributed to capacity building initiatives in eight national societies. The Red Cross Society of China is a valued supporter to the Pacific region. ARC, Icelandic Red Cross, NZRC and the Finnish Red Cross Society have supported delegates for IDRL and DM; and in administration and finance activities.

The International Federation's main external partners and donors in the first six months of 2010 were the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the Secretariat for Pacific Communities (SPC), the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department, the New Zealand International Aid and Development Agency (NZAID), the Pacific Island AIDS Foundation (PIAF) and the Pacific Immigration Director' Conference. IFRC, on behalf of the national societies of the Pacific region, would like to thank partners and donors for their generous support.