Programme summary: Throughout 2006-2007, the geopolitical environment in Middle East region continued to be complex and unstable, due to the protracted conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Lebanon crisis, and the Iraq crisis; all which deteriorated the humanitarian conditions and increased vulnerability. Under such an environment, the International Federation's Middle East regional programmes continued focusing on strengthening the capacities of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies through activating and using the regional thematic networks in order to promote knowledge sharing, coordination and cooperation among the National Societies in the three sub regions - Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf. The health and care programme focused on health promotion and development of preventive approaches of communicable diseases and human resource capacity of the National Societies. The National Societies' focal points and volunteers in the field of HIV and AIDS, psychological support, community based first aid (CBFA) and public health in emergencies received tailor made trainings to enhance their capacity to deliver on the Global Agenda goals of the International Federation. The disaster management programme efforts were directed towards harmonization, standardization, development and use of the disaster management tools in order to enhance the National Societies' response capacities for future emergencies. Focus was given to community based risk reduction (CBRR), vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA), contingency planning and increasing capacities in prevention, preparedness, response and rehabilitation. In the meantime, various regional activities in communication and information - Al- Ittihad newsletter, public service announcements, and relationships with the media - along with networking and cooperation, contributed to the promotion of Principles and Values. The capacity development programme shifted its activities to country level support to National Societies, while maintaining a regional focus on priority and cross cutting issues for different programmes and stakeholders, such as gender mainstreaming, legal base and project planning.
How we work
All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering quality and accountable assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org
The International Federation's activities are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".
Global Agenda Goals:
- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.
- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.
- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.
- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.
For further information on this Appeal, contact:
In Jordan: Mr. Ahmedadam Gizo; Country Representative, Jordan Representation, Amman; e-mail: email@example.com; phone: +962 6 562 79 35; and fax: +962 6 569 45 56.
In MENA Zone: Mr. Marwan Jilani, Head of Zone Office (temporary in Amman); email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: +962 6 562 79 34; and fax: +962 6 569 45 56 or Mr. Eduard Tschan, Deputy Head of Zone Office; email: email@example.com; phone: +962 79 504 29 22; and fax: +962 6 569 45 56
In Geneva: Jaeryul Kim, Officer, Management Support Unit; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: +41 22 730 4260; and fax: +4122 730 0395