India: Appeal No. MAAIN001, 2009-2010 - Programme Update No 1

Situation Report
Originally published


This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The purpose of disaster management is to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters

The overall purpose of the health and care programme is to improve the Indian Red Cross Society's (IRCS) capacity in planning to raise awareness on the preventive health needs and responding to public health emergencies, including HIV/AIDS, through prevention, care and support by strengthening the Red Cross volunteer (RCV) network.

IRCS has improved capacity to provide effective services to reduce suffering of the vulnerable people by
integrating it with disaster management, health and other programmes of the national society, and working with ICRC and partner national societies to achieve Global Agenda Goal 3.

To enhance understanding of the Red Cross Red Crescent principles and values in the national society and
improve its integration in disaster management, health and organizational development programmes.

Programme(s) summary: During the reporting period, the country witnessed a few emergencies including
the outbreak of the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic (swine influenza) and the onslaught of Cyclone Aila in Kolkotta in late May. For the latter, the IRCS West Bengal state branch emergency operation centre was operationalized and trained district disaster response team, state disaster response team and national disaster response team members were mobilised for emergency assessment and response.

The International Federation's India disaster management programme has developed many strategic partners and good working relationships within and outside the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, particularly with UNDP, UNDMT, USAID, the British Department for international Development, National Institute of Disaster
Management (NIDM), Sphere, Oxfam India, Red R, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Government of India, SEEDS, Geohazards India and Plan International.

There has been an initiation in integrated meetings for the IRCS health, organizational development and disaster management at the IRCS national headquarters level, with an aim to discuss cross-cutting issues. After a major gap, the frequency of meeting with partners in the Movement has been increased resulting in positive collaborations.

Under the humanitarian values programme, the ICRC gave dissemination and promotional materials to the
International Federation to encourage young students in junior Red Cross camps/workshops. The IRCS now
plans to map all the activities of the branches under the humanitarian values programme with the best practices performed by them. To align its humanitarian values programme with Global Agenda goal 4, the national society has also identified the priority to work towards combating the declining sex ratio.

Financial situation: The total 2009 budget has been revised from CHF 1,739,333 (USD 1,608,574 or EUR 1,140,306) to CHF 2,600,830 (USD 2,388,457 or EUR 1,704,689), of which 109 per cent is covered. Expenditure from January to May 2009 was 20 per cent of the overall 2009 budget.

No. of people we help: Approximately 918,400 people benefited from IRCS programmes.

Our partners: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National AIDS Control Organization of India, Tuberculosis Control India (TBC), United Nations agencies (United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF and the World Health Organization) and USAID are the partners outside of the Movement. IRCS regularly exchanges information and coordinates health and care programmes with other Movement members, i.e. American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, German Red Cross, ICRC, Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China, Italian Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross and Swedish Red Cross. Norwegian Red Cross is the only partner for organizational development.

On behalf of the Indian Red Cross Society, the International Federation would like to thank all partners for their support.