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Pacific Region Appeal No. 01.72/2004 Annual Report

Situation Report
Originally published


In Brief

Appeal No. 01.72/2004;

Appeal target: CHF 2,051,861;

Appeal coverage: 90.1%.

Operational Context

Throughout the year 2004, Pacific national societies made further progress towards achieving common objectives agreed under the Pacific Action Plan 2003-2006 in the three priority areas of health and care, disaster management and capacity building. HIV/AIDS programming was scaled up and significant progress was made in improving the quality and depth of ongoing first aid training, while blood donor recruitment was promoted, especially through a series of targeted workshops at national level.

Natural disasters affecting the region included cyclone Heta, which devastated Niue and caused damage in Samoa and, to a much lesser extent, Tonga. Cyclone Ivy seriously affected parts of Vanuatu, while typhoon Sudal wreaked havoc on the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Heavy rains in Fiji led to severe flooding. Finally, several volcanic eruptions on the island of Manam in Papua New Guinea (PNG) led to a forced evacuation of around ten thousand people to the mainland, where they were still in temporary shelter at the time of writing.

In all cases, the Red Cross was involved in emergency relief operations, including damage assessments and distribution of basic relief items such as tarpaulins, blankets, sheets, water containers and clothing items. Further information about relief activities has been made available through regular information updates and reports.

For further information specifically related to this Annual Appeal please contact:

In Fiji: Leon Prop (head of regional delegation, Pacific),, phone +6793301855, fax +6793311406

In Geneva (Asia Pacific department): Ms Hyun Ji Lee, phone:+ 41227304260; fax: +41227330395; email :

This Annual Report reflects activities implemented over a one-year period; they form part of, and are based on, longer-term, multi-year planning. This annual report also covers the operational period 1 December 2004 to 30 December 2004 not covered by the previous programme update. All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation's website at

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