- Executive Summary
Flash floods triggered by cloudburst in Uttarakhand caused widespread devastation in mid-June this year. This has tested the First Medical Responders (FMR) concept which was piloted in Uttarakhand in the last two years. The FMRs have contributed significantly in the response operation, and has raised expectations in other 14 states where the FMR programme has been launched in 2013. The target disaster management (DM) programme state branches have trained FMR instructors at state level following the training of trainers organized by national headquarters. Training of FMR in two districts each in 14 states is being carried out.
The assessment of Viramgam warehouse of the Gujarat state has been completed. The report recommendations if implemented will optimize use of warehouse facilities as well as will improve its operational efficiency.
Due to earthquake in Jammu & Kashmir in May and Uttarakhand flash floods in June, many of the national level activities have been deferred. IRCS will reschedule the activities to complete the same before end of the year.
The three-year disaster risk reduction (DRR) project in Maharashtra state for building safer communities has been successfully completed by 30 April 2013. This was followed by a final review of the project with participation of representatives from Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), the Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). DRR Gujarat project received no-cost extension approval from American Red Cross for two months until 30 June 2013. Phase II project has been planned to cover the following activities: a) additional mitigation measures, b) final review of the project, c) to document success of the programme through case studies, brochures and calendars etc.
Under the health & care programmes, IRCS continues to implement the India tuberculosis programme in 14 districts across seven states. During the reporting period, the National Society supported 974 of the annual target 1,180 patients and their families in accessing the DOTS treatment. Current reports indicate that IRCS will achieve 82 per cent patient adherence rate at the end of second quarter.
During the reporting period the social mobilization efforts to support the measles catch up campaign evidenced the completion of the campaign, covering 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Prior to the campaign the state branch trained 453 volunteers in the aforesaid districts, who in turn reached out to around 942,527 people in the designated catchment areas assigned to IRCS with information on measles, dates and venues of immunization and clarified myths which are prevalent in the target communities. As a result 1,049,990 children have been immunized.
As part of organization development programme initiative review of the previous IRCS National Strategic Plan Document (2009-12) was completed during 2012, and a revised version for coming years was drafted and is now under final review and approval by IRCS senior management.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IRCS and the St John Ambulance (India) was held May 2013. The Honourable President presented awards to 26 IRCS and St. John Ambulance, India members, volunteers, and branches in recognition of their committed services.
Besides this, communication support was provided on IRCS activities following the Uttarakhand flash floods and social mobilization of the measles catch-up campaign including the following web stories: