Guinea

Guinea: Appeal No. MAAGN001 Report 2006-2007

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This report covers the period of 01/01/ 2006 to 31/12/2006 of 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: Many of the planned activities, particularly in health, could not be implemented due to inadequate funding. The only activities that the Red Cross Society of Guinea (RCSG) managed to carry out included a cholera management project and participation in the National Immunization Day (NID) for measles vaccination.

Under disaster response, the National Society carried out a refugee assistance programme, offering health and care services, social welfare services as well as assistance in voluntary repatriation. Trained Red Cross staff and volunteers continue with the programme, with the support of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Federation.

In disaster preparedness, contingency plans for mass population movements and epidemics have been elaborated, and three National Disaster Response Teams (NDRTs), known in Guinea as GAPUs, have been trained and equipped.

Under organizational development, a Strategic Plan for 2007-2010 was developed and a new office building for the National Society was constructed. In addition, RCSG's financial management was strengthened and the assessment of the capacity of local branches (local committees) was carried out by the National Society.

Goal: Red Cross Society of Guinea aims to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by preventable diseases in beneficiary communities as well as to alleviate the suffering of refugees in Guinea Forestière. The National Society also strives towards becoming a well-functioning national society by the end of 2007 and reduce its financial dependence by 60%.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 Budget CHF 2,268,004 (USD 1,865,135 or EUR 1,400,002); out of which 58.9 per cent covered.

About 91% of the Appeal response was for the refugee assistance programme (disaster response), whereas the other core areas did not receive adequate funding. Some activities were implemented with support from the Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF)-cholera response, the Africa Health Initiative-National Immunization Days and the Federation's administrative funding from the refugee programme.

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

Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAAAGN00101.pdf
Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAAAGN00102.pdf

No. of people we help: In 2006, a total of 2,193,913 benefited from RCSG's activities in health and care, disaster management and organizational development

Our partners: The main partners of RCSG included the government of Guinea, the MoH, the National Refugee Coordination Office (BNCR(1)), UNHCR, OCHA, WHO, UNICEF, WFP and UNFPA. Other partners included international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Information on roles and capacities were shared through inter-agency steering committee (IASC) meetings of COPIA and the MoH crisis committee, which is the coordination forum for control of epidemics and other health emergencies.

Partners who provided funding included UNHCR, the Irish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and the United States Government (PMR).

Note

(1) In French: Bureau National de Coordination des Réfugiés (BNCR)

For further information please contact:

Guinea: Dr Mohammed Camara, Ag Executive Secretary, Red Cross Society of Guinea, Conakry; email: crgconakry@yahoo.fr; telephone: +224 60 200 159.

Guinea: Anthony Gyedu-Adomako, Federation Representative in Guinea, Conakry; email: anthony.gyeduadomako@ifrc.org; telephone:+224 60 353 301

Senegal: Alasan Senghore, Federation Head of West and Central Africa Regional Delegation in Dakar; email: alasan.senghore@ifrc.org; telephone:+221 869 36 41; Fax +221 860 20 02

Geneva: Madeleine Lundberg, Federation Regional Officer for West and Central Africa, Africa Department; email: madeleine.lundberg@ifrc.org; telephone:+41 22 730 43 35; Fax +41 22 733 03 95