National Societies in the West Coast region Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo work within the framework of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Strategy 2020 to contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable populations in the region and promoting social inclusion and peace.
The West Coast Regional Representation worked in collaboration with the seven National Societies in the region to implement some of the activities planned for 2011, athough some of the planned activities could not be carried out or implemented due to funding constraints and the socio-political situation in some of the countries in the region.
In the field of disaster management, IFRC supported the population movement operations in Liberia, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire 2011. The Regional Representation deployed RDRT members to support the operation in Liberia and continued collaboration with the Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire in providing assistance to the internally displaced persons. The regional warehouse in Benin was expanded and stocks prepositioned as part of the disaster preparedness plan in the region. The West Africa Disaster Management Capacity Building pilot project in Liberia and Sierra Leone organized its 2011 contingency planning workshop in Liberia during the second quarter of 2011. The IFRC Regional Representation in the West Coast supported the National Societies in the region during emergency operations such as yellow fever outbreak in Côte d’Ivoire and political disturbance in Nigeria through DREF allocations.
Water and sanitation, community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) and maternal and child health (MCH) activities were carried out in 2011 despite the political and religious crises in some countries in the region.
The Red Cross of Benin, Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) and Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) completed their maternal and child health projects. The water and sanitation activities funded by Nestle resumed in Côte d’Ivoire during the second quarter of 2011 and the Red Cross continued to collaborate with other agencies in sensitization on good hygiene and sanitation practices. The Finnish Red Cross CBHFA project in Ghana scaled up with activities planned carried out in target communities. However, very little progress was made in Cote d’Ivoire because of the political crisis in the country. Activities resumed during the second half of the year. Other projects implemented during 2011 included malaria projects in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The National Society development activities focused mainly on Nigeria where the organizational development delegate completed their mission to support the NRCS in its management reorganization.
The IFRC delegate supported the National Societies in putting in place tools and policies to enhance effective operation and management of the NRCS.
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society continued to carry out its activities to support the population including children affected by the prolonged civil war in the country. These activities were carried out through the Child Advocacy and Rehabilitation (CAR) project, Community Animation and Peace Supports (CAPS).
Vocational training, Literacy activities, peace building activities and livelihoods support were provided to target beneficiaries to enhance community cohesion and peace.
The West Coast Regional Representation continued to ensure Movement coordination in the region in collaboration with the ICRC, PNS operating in the region as well as host national societies. The Representation supported the organization of the West Coast Group extraordinary meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Cote d’Ivoire and its effect in the region. The IFRC facilitated a joint regional health & care and disaster management workshop in Lomé, Togo to strengthen collaboration and synergy between the two sectors in planning and activities’ implementation.
The West Coast Regional Representation has been relocated from Abuja, Nigeria to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in December 2011.