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 2006, the Federation Regional Delegation for Central Europe (RD) continued to support the Red Cross (RC) National Societies of the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Serbia) by providing membership services in the four core areas related to the Federation's Global Agenda Goals. The level of trust, confidence and information flow between the RD and National Societies has improved significantly, and this has positively influenced the implementation of programmes and their success.
Goal: The RD works with the RC societies of the Central Europe (CE) region in:
- Strengthening their role in health and care (HC) programmes to reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health in emergencies as viable partners of their governments
- Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of RC staff to respond to natural and man-made disasters through its Disaster Management (DM) programme
- Achieving a stronger and more responsive organization that can better respond to the needs of vulnerable communities and groups through its Organizational Development (OD) programme, and in empowering local vulnerable communities by means of participatory community action through its Participatory Community Development (PCD) programme.
- Working with multi-ethnic communities in the national areas of return in Croatia in order to empower the most vulnerable persons in starting their life back home after displacement through its Population Movement (PM) programme.
- Reducing intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion, and promoting respect for diversity and human dignity of vulnerable communities and individuals in Central Europe through its Promoting Humanitarian Values (PHV) programme.
Needs: Total 2006-2007 programme budget is CHF 4,257,996 (USD 3,524,100 or EUR 2,595,535) (out of which 56% is covered.)
No. of people we help: In 2006, more than 1,000,000 people in the Central Europe region benefited directly from Federation programme interventions.
Number of Beneficiaries
|Health and Care||
|Participatory Community Development||
|Promoting Humanitarian Values||
It is expected that 800,000 people will benefit from activities planned for 2007.
Our Partners: During 2006, the RD worked with some 15 direct partners including all RC societies from the region and donor RC societies, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Stability Pact Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI)
In 2006, the region was affected by two significant socio-political events - the separation of Serbia and Montenegro in May 2006, and Bulgaria and Romania's preparation for EU accession in January 2007. Due to the emergence of a new RC national society in Montenegro it was necessary to appoint suitable coordinators to manage and oversee projects. Furthermore, in cooperation with the Federation delegation in Belgrade, the RD actively supported the re-recognition process of the two RC societies. In the case of Bulgaria and particularly Romania, internal capacity, organization and structure needed to be strengthened for these RC societies to adjust to the EU working environment.
The region was affected from natural/man-made disasters, which led to Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocations to the sum of CHF 428,330. Staff and volunteers from the RC societies of the affected regions were involved in disaster response activities in all cases. To deal with the flooding in Romania, a joint Field Assessment Coordination Team (FACT)/Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT)/Romanian RC team was deployed at the request of the Romanian RC. Avian influenza also emerged in a number of countries in the region. The RD responded by keeping the RC societies informed and preparing them to deal with this threat. The prevalence of TB and HIV/AIDS in the region is increasing; however, the RD and RC societies are targeting these issues through awareness and anti-stigma campaigns.
Whilst the RD is currently supported strongly by the Swedish and Norwegian Red Cross Societies, traditional funding from governmental sources is diminishing. Although new funding opportunities are opening up (EU, civil society/international development funds), the capacity within regional RC societies to identify and respond to calls for funding, translate them into local languages, and implement projects in higher funding ranges is limited. RC leaders in the region are also concerned about national societies' access to basic membership services, provided as close to home as possible, regardless of any geo-political changes (EU accession and the changing funding situation in Europe, for example).
For further information please contact:
Sune Follin, Acting Head of Regional Delegation, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: +387 33 666 009; Fax: +387 33 666 010
Branimir Knezevic, Acting Head of Office; email: email@example.com; Telephone: + 36 1 248 3300; Fax: +361 248 3322
Erja Reinikainen, Regional Officer, Europe Department, Federation Secretariat; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: +41 22 730 43 19; Fax: +41 22 733 03 95
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