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Paraguayan Red Cross Annual Report 2014 (MAAPY001)

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This report covers the period 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2014

Overview

The secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) through its Coordination Office for Chile and Paraguay has provided a diversity of support to the Paraguayan Red Cross (PRC) in 2014. These actions to support the humanitarian mission of the National Society were undertaken in line with International Movement strategies and standards, including Strategy 2020 and the Inter-American Framework for Action 2012-2016. This annual report provides information on the progress towards reaching the planned outputs for the 2012-2015 period as expressed in the Long Term Planning Framework.

Particular reinforcement was given to the PRC in the areas of organizational development and disaster response.

During 2014, the Paraguayan Red Cross implemented two emergency operations. On 9 October 2013 an Emergency appeal (MDRPY015) was issued to respond to the drought that affected the Chaco region since May of that year and following the State’s declaration of emergency in September. This 11-month operation aimed to respond to the water needs for human consumption, food security and livelihoods activities in 16 communities. Additionally, a national intervention team (NIT) training session and a Regional Intervention Team (RIT) member was deployed to assist the PRC. The revised appeal indicated that 4,500 people would be targeted with Paraguayan Red Cross humanitarian assistance. For the Six-month Summary Update on the Drought operation, click here.

On 20 June 2014, a DREF operation (MDRPY016) was launched to respond to the flooding that followed heavy precipitation in Paraguay. Due to the magnitude of the disaster, on 11 July 2014, this DREF operation was expanded to a an emergency operation with an appeal that would cover 12 months. Faced with the reduced funding for the operation, the PRC reduced the appeal in November, modifying the budget and making it a 10-month operation. The PRC focused on water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, psychosocial support, shelter and livelihoods in three areas in the city of the capital city of Asunción for 3,000 households (15,000 people). For the Revised Appeal on the Flood operation, click here.

The Paraguayan Red Cross is currently involved in an extended process to recover from its internal crisis. In mid-2014, the case of the PRC was brought to the attention of the IFRC Governing Board and the Compliance and Mediation Committee (CMC) was activated. The establishment of more transparent and modern management structures are central to the recovery from this crisis. In 2014, the secretariat has provided direct support for this effort. The International Movement components in country, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), collectively determined that an embedded IFRC senior staff person as the PRC Executive Director would contribute to this objective. It is expected that once the professional is selected and the exact Terms of Reference are defined, s/he will start in this position in early 2015. The Paraguayan Red Cross has the task of taking decisive actions that show its willingness to address these needed changes and comply with the recovery and development plan collectively created with the IFRC with the ICRC and partner National Societies.