Programme purpose: The overall purpose of the health and care programme aligns with the Global Agenda goal 2, which is to improve the Indian Red Cross Society's (IRCS) capacity in planning, to raise awareness on the preventive health needs and by responding to public health emergencies, including HIV/AIDS, through prevention, care and support by strengthening the Red Cross volunteer network.
The 2010 disaster management programme is designed around the four disaster management strategic objectives of IRCS viz disaster risk reduction - "Building safer communities", national disaster preparedness and response mechanism, disaster preparedness and response capacity building of branches and inter- agency coordination.
Programme summary: Under the health and care programme, significant changes were seen in the implementation of activities. While a major long term HIV/AIDS programme came to an end in December 2009, the human pandemic preparedness programme and India tuberculosis programme gathered more steam and was implemented robustly. The Swedish Red Cross-funded HIV programme ended in December 2009, while the Hong Kong Red Cross-funded HIV programme continues to be implemented as planned with a good implementation rate. The final evaluation of the Swedish Red Cross for the regional HIV programme was conducted in February 2010. A new malaria prevention project will be initiated from June 2010.
The disaster management programme which is being implemented in 10 state branches and national headquarters was launched in the first quarter of 2010. Each branch has come up with a set of activities for the development of their respective branch and volunteers. Many training programmes like vulnerability capacity assessment (VCA) learning-by-doing, emergency assessment, first aid, and planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER), are planned and will be conducted as per the local need of the branches.
In addition to the specific trainings which are being conducted at state and district levels, the IRCS national headquarters is organising trainings at national and regional levels. The intention of conducting trainings at national and regional level is to increase the coordination amongst the state branches and transfer of knowledge and skills to state and district branches.
The national headquarters, which has several water purification units at its disposal for the emergency response, will be used to conduct national disaster water and sanitation response team training for which the International Federation Asia Pacific zone office and Australian Red Cross will assist in facilitating.
In addition to the planned activities under the 2010 disaster management programme, several other small projects are being designed in order to address needs for further development of disaster management capacities of the national society and its branches.
The leading progress during this period has been that IRCS has succeeded in increasing their revenue and have now disbursed capacity building fund for fundraising to the state branches. The first instalment of this financial grant has been released to all state branches. A capacity building and fundraising workshop is proposed to be held in the first quarter by the IRCS state branch of Haryana to enhance the fundraising activities in the state.
Uniform branch rules for the IRCS state branches were formally disseminated to the state branches for adoption. It has been adopted by a few IRCS branches and some of them have sent their queries on the same to the national headquarters which are being looked into.
Implementation of Navision has been initiated and is gradually progressing at a definite pace to be completed within the stipulated timeline.