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Peruvian Red Cross Annual Report 2013 (MAAPE002)

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This report covers the period 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2013

Overview

The regional representation for the Andean countries (regional representation) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) provided a diversity of support to the Peruvian Red Cross (PRC) in 2013 so that the National Society could better fulfil its humanitarian mission. These actions were done in alignment with International Movement strategies and standards, including Strategy 2020 and the Inter-American Framework for Action 2012-2016.

Particular reinforcement was given to the PRC in the areas of organizational development, disaster management and international disaster law. The PRC continued to make progress in overcoming integrity issues that have caused challenges for the National Society in recent years. The secretariat of the IFRC and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have provided close ongoing technical support to the PRC so it can become a well-functioning National Society.

The PRC has successfully implemented three DREF operations in the 2012-2013 period. The PRC, with support from the German Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, American Red Cross and the IFRC, implemented a DREF operation for floods in the Northern Amazon department of Loreto from April to September 2012. This operation reached 4,176 households (20,880 people) with safe water, education, blankets and support for the collective centres established following the floods. The operation to attend to a dengue fever outbreak in the central Amazon, implemented between December 2012 and April 2013, reached at least 49,540 people in a mass prevention campaign and provided health services to 3,600 people. The third DREF operation for extreme temperatures in the country’s southernmost Andean department, Puno, began in September 2013 and was completed at the end of January 2014. Although the final report will be presented in April 2014, all monitoring indicates that the National Society attained its objective of reaching 1,000 households with a cash transfer programme, veterinary kits, technical assistance and food for their livestock and personal protection equipment for the herders of small livestock.

As part of the regional DIPECHO project in knowledge management, the IFRC, working with the National Society, established close working relations and consultation with different state and non-state humanitarian actors responsible for disaster response. The result of this process was a proposed ministerial decree that updates and strengthens existing domestic legislation that complies with international standards on the issue. This participative process included an event with the participation of 56 people, of which 31 were from state institutions and 19 from institutions that specifically address disaster management. The IFRC Americas Zone delegate for international disaster law, the regional representative and the IFRC focal point for this action presented the proposed ministerial decree to the director of policies, plans and programmes of the National Institute for Civil Defence (INDECI) in December 2013.