Lesotho Appeal No. MAALS002 Annual Report 2010

Situation Report
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This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010

In brief

Programme outcome: Lives of the most vulnerable are saved and livelihoods are protected, while recovery from disasters and crises is strengthened through development of community resilience. Health promotion, disease prevention, care and support are provided to vulnerable communities following set criteria and guided by the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Strategy 2020.

Programme summary: Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) activities were implemented under two core programmes: disaster management (DM) and health and social services. The programmes are integrated and have common beneficiaries, i.e. home-based care clients, chronically ill, tuberculosis (TB) patients, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and other vulnerable groups. The programme activities therefore complement each other, focusing on reducing the impact of a negative synergy of high HIV prevalence, food insecurity and poverty. Programmes contribute towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the strategic aims of the Strategy 2020 of the IFRC. LRCS interventions are guided by the Strategic Plan 2010-2012, which provides direction and control of activities while ensuring effective, efficient and economical execution of mandate of the National Society (NS).

LRCS continued utilizing community support structures known as lead farmers/gardeners and care facilitators to instil a sense of ownership by the community. These structures are supported by the Red Cross volunteers in the operational divisions to ensure sustainable implementation of the projects beyond the donor-funded period.