Indonesia Annual Appeal No. 01.64/2004 Programme Update No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Appeal No. 01.64/04; Programme Update No. 3; Period covered: 1 July to 31 October 2004;

Appeal coverage: 152.9%; Outstanding needs: N/A

Appeal target: CHF 1,458,813 (USD 1,140,483 or EUR 946,140)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Annual Appeal (01.64/04), Floods Appeal (02.04)

Programme Summary: The third quarter was an eventful yet stable period in Indonesia. The country's first ever direct presidential election took place peacefully and without major irregularities. The new President has pledged to prioritise tackling corruption, job creation and economic growth.

On 9 September a car bomb outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta killed 10 and injured more than 150 people. Nearly 100 Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) volunteers and staff arrived at the scene within minutes and worked frantically to help locate the dead and wounded and bring them to hospital. Following the attack, the Federation's delegation in Jakarta has been tasked with monitoring the financial aspect of an AusAID-sponsored project to support families affected by the bombing.

Four PMI branches responded effectively to emergency situations caused by floods, volcanic eruptions and fire, during this reporting period. Since July, some 13,500 people have received support through the society's disaster response mechanism. PMI is now hard at work preparing for the coming rainy season. Dengue and malaria remain major health challenges to vulnerable communities in Indonesia, in urban areas as well as rural. Outbreaks of avian flu, mainly in Java, appear to have received little government attention so far.

Preparing for the National Assembly (held every five years) in December, work has continued on the development of PMI's Strategic Plan 2005-2009 and the revision of the society's statutes and by-laws. These are expected to be formally adopted by the National Assembly. In early October all provincial chapters were invited to a three-day meeting in Jakarta to discuss the two drafts.

Development has continued on guidelines of approach to capacity building and implementation of projects in chapters and branches, seeking to limit the initiation of activities and projects in areas where PMI does not have an acceptable organisational structure. Increased sectorial cooperation within the society has created a sense of momentum among staff and volunteers and it is already showing signs of better coordination and more consistent programming.

The delegation's 2004 Appeal is fully covered.