The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) faces an acute humanitarian situation. Years of armed conflict in parts of the country continue to impact the most vulnerable, and under these conditions natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and serious health concerns such as cholera, meningitis, ebola haemorrhagic fever, malaria, polio and water-borne diseases present significant constraints for the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Despite the challenges and constraints, the country remains committed to trying to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's). Health and care programmes in particular are based on ensuring that the programmes and services of the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (RCDRC) are focused on the needs of vulnerable people and that they are responsive, sustainable and of acceptable standards in performance, accountability and integrity.
The RCDRC's partners include the Belgian Red Cross (French and Flemish sections), Swedish, Danish, Spanish, German, British, Irish, Korean Red Cross, Iran Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.
The Federation's support to the RCDRC for 2009-2010 will enable the National Society to implement its priority programmes established in the 2008 operational alliance. The RCDRC's health operational alliance aims to contribute to a reduction of the reduction of the number of deaths and the impact of diseases linked to water and to health reproduction in 5 provinces. Within the framework of this approach, the National Society will prioritize collaboration with civil society and communities that will contribute to reinforcing their capacities to assist in reducting the more urgent vulnerabilities.
The target beneficiaries of this plan will include volunteers and workers, and communities of vulnerable people identified in the DRC. Red Cross volunteers and local branch leaders will be trained in community based health and first aid, HIV and AIDS, and emergency health. Vulnerable communities will be associated in these training sessions, which will contribute to improving their operational capacities. Information and sensitization sessions on those affected by sexual abuse will also take place in the eastern provinces most affected by instances of rape. Children, women, disabled people, the elderly, and other vulnerable people will be targeted in the implementation of the programmes. Beneficiaries will also be associated in the design, implementation and monitoring of programmes. Special attention will be given to fight against discrimination toward minorities (pygmies) in five provinces of the country.
Activities will be carried out according to Red Cross Principles and the concept of gender, age, and vulnerabilities in rural and urban areas. The implementation of these activities will increase the visibility of the National Society and strengthen its role.
The total 2009-2010 budget is CHF 10,002,732 (USD 9,143, 265 or EUR 6,371,166)