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.
Tsunami recovery is still very much ongoing in India, with the government reclaiming 25,853 hectare of agricultural land damaged by the tsunami, providing food and sustenance through an employment/food-for-work programme and strengthening the health systems in the affected areas. A tsunami evaluation committee has been formed to monitor the progress of tsunami operations in the country, which includes government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Red Cross Red Crescent.
The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), with its own resources, is implementing programmes in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in health, disaster management, livelihood and capacity building. The Canadian Red Cross is concentrating on the state of Tamil Nadu (six districts) and is in its third year of the tsunami operation, while the Spanish Red Cross is finalizing project plans for Andhra Pradesh.
This reporting period highlights the activities of the Indian, Canadian and the Spanish Red Cross Societies. The other two Red Cross Societies involved in tsunami recovery operations in India - American Red Cross and German Red Cross, while very active during the emergency phase of the tsunami operation, are currently in the planning stages of their post-recovery projects with the IRCS. They are working to address remaining, priority needs of the affected populations and will contribute to the next International Federation-wide report.
The Federation Secretariat's direct support to tsunami-related activities has almost ended. The Secretariat now focuses on long-term programming as laid out in the Federation Appeal 2006-2007, which indirectly benefits the IRCS's tsunami activities through ongoing capacity development. The Federation Secretariat also continues to assist the IRCS in developing operational alliances with public and private partnerships as well as global alliances/collaboration with World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund.
For further information specifically related to the tsunami operation, please contact:
- Indian Red Cross Society: Dr S. P.
Agarwal (secretary general), email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone:
91-11-23716441, fax: 91-11-23717454.
- Federation office: Mohamed Babiker (head of office), email: email@example.com, phone: 91-11- 23324203, fax: 91-11-23324235.
- South Asia regional delegation: Nina Nobel (regional programme coordinator), email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 91-11-24111122, fax: 91-11-24111128.
In Kuala Lumpur, Asia Pacific Service Centre - phone: +60 3 2161 0892; fax: +60 3 2161 1210
- Igor Dmitryuk, head of regional logistics
unit, ext. 600; email: email@example.com
- Umadevi Selvarajah, head of regional finance unit, ext. 140; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karl O'Flaherty, tsunami finance coordinator, ext. 613; email: email@example.com
- Cheekeong Chew, acting head of regional reporting unit, ext. 300; email: firstname.lastname@example.org