Through the Long Term Planning Framework (LTPF) 2012-15, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continued to ensure that the Red Cross Society of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK RCS) is well resourced technically and materially. In order to holistically address the diverse needs of vulnerable communities, the DPRK RCS integrated its community development programme synonymously to resilience programmes in 12 communities across three provinces namely North Phyongan, South Phyongan and South Hamgyong. These three provinces cover 11 counties, reaching out to a population of approximately 200,000, and enabled DPRK RCS to do more, better and reaching further in its humanitarian action. In 2014 a total budget of CHF 6,328,509 million was raised with an expenditure of CHF 6,222,239 being 98 per cent. Through the provision of health services, water and sanitation facilities, community resilience to disasters such as floods and landslides, more than eight million people were reached in 2014.
Emergency Preparedness and response
Emergency preparedness and response capacity of the DPRK RCS has been institutionally strengthened through provision of response tools, including national disaster response team and provincial disaster response team and prepositioned emergency relief resources, with active Red Cross volunteers networks fully adhering to its mission as an independent relief organization.
Community based disaster risk reduction has been transformed into integrated community development program and implemented in the 12 catchment communities, South and North Phyongan provinces. It has enabled the communities exposed to recurring disasters and food insecurity situation to be safer and more resilient by encompassing underlying causes of multiple risks.
Health and care
The health and care programme has been implemented in 56 cities/counties of South Phyongan, North Phyongan, South Hamgyong and North Hwanghae provinces, focusing on enhancing the basic medical services and resilience at community level through integration of community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) with other community-based approaches.
Water and sanitation
A total of 34,943 people in eight communities now have easy access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities. Through ongoing dissemination activities of Red Cross volunteers and health workers a total of 200 000 people in 12 integration target communities improved their hygienic knowledge and practice.
OD played the key role in developing the integration programme for 12 target communities and contributed to PMER capacity building and institutional/branch development of the DPRK RCS with cross-cutting interventions like volunteer management and Youth dissemination activities.