Nigeria: Sub-regional Programmes Appeal No. MAA61002 Report 2006-2007


This report covers the period of 1/01/06 to 31/12/06 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary: In 2006, the Federation collaborated with partners to assist National Societies in resource mobilization and programme implementation in Health and Care, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Values, in line with ARCHI 2010 and the Global Agenda.

The National Societies in the sub-region also responded to various disasters, through funding from partners as well as through the Federation’s Disaster Relief emergency Funds (DREF). The emergencies included the pipeline explosion disaster in Nigeria, Accelerated Measles Campaign programmes in Ghana and Nigeria, Cholera campaigns in Ghana and Nigeria as well as the Avian Influenza programme.

Goal: To support National Societies in reducing the suffering of vulnerable communities.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 9,651,056 (USD 7,976,079 or EUR 5,884,790), out of which 20 per cent covered. Click here to go directly to the attached financial report For more detailed information on the 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1 and 2:

No. of people we help:

Table: Number of people who benefited from 2006 activities in Nigeria*

Number of
beneficiaries in 2006
Sex (%)
Expected number of
beneficiaries in 2007
Disaster Management
45% Female 55% Male
Health and Care
68% Female 32% Male
Organizational Development
28% Female 72% Male
Humanitarian Values
37% Female 63% Male
*Source: Nigerian Red Cross society

In Ghana, a total of 248,192 people benefited from Red Cross activities. An additional 91,200 people are expected to benefit from primary health care and first aid in 2007.

The Red Cross of Benin statistics for 2006 could not be produced due to its governance and management problems which affected funding of its activities. However, with the election of a new board, it is expected that funds would be available to carry out activities to assist the target beneficiaries in 2007.

Our partners: National Societies in the Nigeria sub-region collaborated with Government agencies such as the National Action Committee on Aids (NACA) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), all in Nigeria. Other partners include UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, and CARITAS as well as the Belgian Red Cross, British Red Cross, Finish Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross and the ICRC.

Current context In Nigeria, the relocation of the headquarters of the Nigerian Red Cross Society from Lagos to Abuja affected its programme in 2006. Separating the roles of governance and management was a major challenge to the National Society.

The political activities and tension prior to the national elections in 2007 impacted on the movement of people and implementation of activities as a result of political violence. The National Society worked closely with some government agencies to intervene in case of emergencies. Insecurity in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria also affected the activities of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. Despite being an oil rich nation, infrastructure is poor and unemployment high. The population also has limited access to good health services and potable water.

The energy crisis in Togo and Benin affected communication links with the sub-regional office in Lagos. In 2006, the Federation’s activities in the Togolese refugees camp was taken over by the Red Cross of Benin.

For further information please contact:

In Benin: Tairou Abdou, President, Red Cross of Benin in Porto Novo; email:; Phone: +229 21 28 26; Fax: +229 21 49 27 or Gabriel Achadé, Executive Secretary, Red Cross of Benin, Porto Novo; Mobile: +229 91 22 54

In Ghana: Andrew Frimpong, Secretary General, Ghana Red Cross Society in Accra; email:; Phone: +233 21 66 14 93; Fax: +233 21 66 14 91 • In Nigeria: Abiodun Orebiyi, Secretary-General, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Ikoyi in Lagos; email:; Phone: +234 12 69 15 99; Fax: +234 12 69 15 99.

In Togo: Norbert Gagno Paniah, President, Togolese Red Cross in Lomé; email; Phone: +228 221 21 10 or +228 221 12 96; Fax: +228 221 52 28

In Nigeria: Stephen Omollo, Federation Head of Nigeria Sub-regional Office in Lagos; email:; Phone:+234 1 269 52 28; Fax: +234 1.269 52 29

In Senegal: Alasan Senghore, Federation Head of West and Central Africa Regional Delegation in Dakar; email:; Phone: +221 869 36 41; Fax +221 860 20 02

In Geneva: Madeleine Lundberg, Federation Regional Officer for West and Central Africa, Africa Department; email:; Phone +41 22 730 43 35; Fax +41 22 733 03 95 To support or find out more about the Federation’s programmes or operations, click on