India: Annual Appeal No. 1.57/2004 Annual Report

In Brief

Appeal No. 01.57/04; Appeal target (revised in the first quarter of the year): CHF 7,040,353 (USD 6,097,128 or EUR 4,578,111); Appeal coverage : 130%.

This Annual Report reflects activities implemented over a one-year period; they form part of, and are based on, longer-term, multi-year planning. This annual report also covers the operational period September to December 2004, not covered by the last programme update. All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

Operational Context

Following the general elections in April 2004, India witnessed a consolidation of the new central government and a replacement of a number of state governments. Subsequently, the central health minister (India) was appointed the new chairperson of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS).

Two governing board meetings of IRCS were held in March and September respectively. The key outcomes of these meetings included the endorsement of the IRCS National Strategic Development Plan 2004-2007 and the adoption of uniform branch rules. At the second governing board meeting, the term of the current secretary general was extended for a period of two years.

The IRCS annual general meeting (general assembly) was held on 13 October 2004. It was presided by the national society president (also President of India) and the IRCS chairperson and attended by the International Federation country and regional representatives, the ICRC and partner national societies present in the country. The principal activity of the meeting was the approval of the audit of the national society's accounts.

The governing board approved the innovative concept of a HIV/AIDS consortium, led by IRCS with partner national societies and the Federation as stakeholders, in March 2004. The first consortium meeting was held in Nepal later the same month, with active participation of nine partner national societies. Following a second round of discussions held in July, a draft concept paper on the working modalities of the consortium was shared with the five interested partner national societies: British, Canadian, Danish, Spanish and Swedish Red Cross societies. The final agreement on the functioning of the consortium is expected to be signed in early 2005.

A reconstruction programme in Gujarat was successfully completed in April 2004 and responsibilities handed over to the IRCS Gujarat branch. A total of 152 health facilities were constructed. Budgetary savings from the programme were used to strengthen the disaster management infrastructure and buffer stocks, with consent of the respective donors.

In June and July, IRCS responded to severe flooding which affected 33 million people in the Indian states of Assam and Bihar. A request for assistance was launched for CHF 2,982,000 to assist 250,000 beneficiaries (for details refer to operations updates on the Emergency Appeal 16/2004).

For further information specifically related to this Annual Appeal please contact:

fIn India: Indian Red Cross Society, Dr. S.P. Agarwal , Acting Secretary General; Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi, phone 91 11 23716424, fax 2371 7454

In India: Azmat Ulla, Head of Delegation, India Delegation New Delhi, email: ifrcin65@ifrc.org, phone: 91 11 23324203, fax 91 11 23324235

In Geneva: Jagan Chapagain, Regional Officer, Asia/Pacific Department, email: jagan.chapagain@ifrc.org, phone 41 22 730 4316, fax 41 22 733 0395

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