Programme update no. 2 (MAAIN001)

Situation Report
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This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011

In brief

The 2011 disaster management (DM) programme focused on four DM strategic objectives of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS). These includedisaster risk reduction (DRR)_for “building safer communities”, national disaster preparedness and response mechanism, disaster preparedness and response capacity building, and branches interagency coordination.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) strategy 2020 aims to:

(1) Save lives, protect livelihoods and strenghthen recovery from disasters and crisis;

(2) Align itself and provide impetus to these four DM strategic objectives of IRCS.

The expected impacts include effective preparedness and timely response to disasters and crisis, reduced deaths, losses, damages and other detrimental consequences of disaster and crisis, and improved restoration of community functioning after disaster and crisis.

The overall objective of the health and care programme is aligned with the IFRC Strategy 2020. It emphasizes on enabling healthy and safe living, in which to improve the capacity of IRCS 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 purpose of the organisation development programme is to improve capacity of IRCS in order to provide effective services to reduce suffering of the vulnerable by integrating it with DM, health and other programmes of the national society and working with the International Commitee of Red Cross (ICRC) and partner national societies. This objective aligns itself to IFRC strategy 2020 which aims to promote social inclusion and a culture of non violence and peace by enabling action for which emphasizes on pursuing humanitarian diplomacy to prevent and reduce vulnerability in a globalized world. IRCS is in the process of further strengthening the organization and has geared up its efforts this year towards continuation and innovation. Finance system development and branch development at national and branch level respectively were integrated as a continuum of existing programmes. Youth development, capacity building in fundraising and branch development through integrated programme approach were the new initiatives for 2011.