This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2014
Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) has continued its disaster management and Tuberculosis (TB) programming, with particular focus on the First Medical Responder (FMR) training programme in 14 of the most disaster-prone states of India, in 2014. It is evident that FMR concept has been the backbone for IRCS’s response mechanism. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - South Asia regional delegation (IFRC SARD) has been providing resources, both technical and financial to strengthen the FMR initiatives of IRCS.
In the year 2014, a number of small and medium scale disasters such as cyclone Hudhud, monsoon floods in Assam, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir occurred in India, that prompted IRCS’s institutional response at various levels in delivering humanitarian assistance. About 8.7 million people were affected by floods in various states. IRCS responded by deploying its relief stocks as per state branch requests. The trained FMRs responded immediately after the disaster struck and continued to work until full-pledged relief support reached to the affected population. In September, the Jammu and Kashmir region was affected by massive floods, which required a major response, and consequently forced IRCS to significantly shift focus from development work implementation to this emergency relief operation. However, with focus on FMR and restoring IRCS disaster response capacities through replenishment and pre-positioning of disaster preparedness stocks in strategic warehouses, reasonable progress has been made in the implementation of ongoing disaster management programme.
A comprehensive procurement of relief items, for the replenishment of IRCS disaster preparedness stocks, primarily non-food items (NFIs) for at least 15,000 families, has been completed, with financial support of a number of National Societies. The procurement was mostly done locally, but also with help of the Asia Pacific Zone (APZ) logistics unit, using the global framework agreement.
IRCS reviewed and consolidated its current capacities in emergency WASH, and further strengthen in this field of intervention, through a comprehensive maintenance plan for the existing equipment, procurement of a new set of water purification units of different capacity, as well as training of staff and volunteers on emergency WASH. During the reporting period, more focus was put in acquiring additional sanitation equipment and water purification units, while the training and maintenance remain a priority for 2015, alongside some additional procurement.
IRCS has also experienced changes at the senior leadership level, with two changes of the Chairman of the National Society (Union Health Minister), following the establishment of the new government and a subsequent re-shuffle. Despite this, the National Society managed to hold a successful Annual General Meeting in November 2014, which was hosted by the President of India and chaired by the new and current Chairman of IRCS, Mr. J. P. Nadda.
In September 2014, IRCS finalized its strategic development plan for the period 2014-2017. The main strategic goals and programmatic directions for the upcoming four-year focused in building resilient communities, promoting safe and healthy living, responding to health needs in emergencies and supplementary services, contributing towards social inclusion and culture of non-violence.