This report covers the period from 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2011.
The programme activities of the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) supported by the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) correspond to the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, contribute to the goals of strategy 2020 (Strategic Goals: 2 and 3) and are in line with the Georgia National Society`s strategic plan for 2007-2011. The programmes aimed to alleviate human suffering and improve the lives of the most vulnerable people through disaster management, health and care projects, and organisational development. The Georgia Red Cross worked with the vulnerable population providing the needed complementary services for them, rendering material aid as well as lobbying for policy changes. The programme activities included the provision of social support and information sharing to targeted local communities enabling them to achieve better health and reduced vulnerabilities.
Over 17,000 vulnerable people - internally displaced persons, older people, children with physical disabilities, youth, and large families with income below a poverty line benefited from the Red Cross services provided through the Georgia Red Cross services and community-based volunteer initiatives within the Health & Care Programme activities. Through their social activities, the National Society contributed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG-1: “Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger” and MDG-3: Promote gender equality and empower women) in Georgia. In moving forward to do more and better, the Georgia Red Cross Society enhanced partnerships with public authorities and key stakeholders, as well as increased the capacity of local communities in order to direct joint efforts towards reducing the existing vulnerabilities.