Rwanda Appeal No. 01.08/2003 Programme Update No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


Appeal no. 01.08/2003; Appeal target: CHF 1,944,726 (USD 1.46m/ EUR 1.26m) Programme Update No. 1; Period covered: 1 January to 30 June 30 2003
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In Brief

Appeal coverage: 30.2 %. See the attached Contributions List or see the Federation's website.

Outstanding needs: CHF 1,357,299

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: None

Programme Summary: The annual appeal for the Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) includes projects in Disaster Preparedness and Response, Health, and Organisational Development. Bilateral programmes are implemented in a parallel structure, thereby presenting an organisational challenge in ensuring that projects are under the overall coordination of the national society, and within priorities identified in its strategic development plan.

The core areas of Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, Health and HIV/AIDS, and Organisational Development including Humanitarian Values, identified by the national society and reflected in the annual appeal are all under funded, which prompted a drastic revision of budgets and plans leading to less implementation of activities than planned. RRCS took certain decisive steps in 2002 to build its internal capacities, and is well underway towards acquiring the characteristics of a well functioning national society. Support is needed to consolidate existing progress and continue the positive developments.

Operational developments

Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) had its partnership meeting in April 2003. The CAS developed for the same period as the National Society strategic development plan (2003-06) initiated increased cooperation and coordination between the many partners (bilateral and multilateral) supporting the society. The lower than anticipated response to the appeal has required some adjustments to the plan of action and operational budgets for progamme areas within Disaster Preparedness and Response, and Health. The revised programme plan is being implemented according to schedule, and the Society is actively exploring possibilities for developing new development oriented partnerships for two of the priority areas, Health and Disaster Preparedness which were identified in the strategic development plan.

Health and care

Goal: Rwanda Red Cross contributes significantly to the reduction of major health threats in Rwanda in close cooperation with the authorities and local and international NGO partners in the Public Health Sector.

Objective: Federation Secretariat support has strengthened the Rwanda Red Cross health programme delivery.


The RRCS mobilized 2,456 volunteers countrywide during the measles campaign organised by the Ministry of Health in February, whose social mobilization activities contributed to well over 100% vaccination of the 9 through 59 month infants and 95% coverage of the 6-15 year old children in the country. There are no exact figures for the former due to lack of registration of all babies.

Forty-six volunteer coaches have been trained in Community Based First Aid (CBFA) in Butare and Kigali. These coaches trained 479 volunteers in nine local committees in Gisenyi, Kibungo and Umutara, thereby greatly improving the community health volunteer network. Community Based First Aid books and ARCHI information sheets were translated into local languages, and other educational health materials were purchased and distributed during the reporting period.

Training of Trainers in youth development activities was also undertaken in May with the participation of two branch representatives from each of the branches of RRCS, with the objective of cascading the training to the youth at the local committees.

Sixteen volunteer co-ordinators in HIV/AIDS were trained in peer education, support was given to peer clubs and HIV/AIDS educational materials, condoms, home kits and mosquito nets distributed.

The provision of safe water, the training of 28 volunteers in community health and hygiene promotion activities using PHAST tool kits has led to improved sanitary conditions for a targeted population of 3,000 people in Rukara district.

The breakdown of the training provided to district administrators, volunteers, peer educators and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) is given in the table below:


The involvement of RRCS volunteers in social mobilization activities during the measles campaign led to wide immunisation coverage across the country. The large investment made by the national society to provide training for branch representatives and youth in community based health training has resulted in a great expansion in the community health volunteer network, improved awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS, and improved health and sanitation in the community.


Financial constraints in relation to the appeal coverage have necessitated the reduction of activities. Additionally, the failure to receive anticipated funding from the Ministry of Health during the immunization campaign placed a further strain the national society's limited financial resources. Lack of funding also prevented the purchase of educational material for volunteers and planned training was scaled down.

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