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Tsunami Semi-annual Report 2004-2007 East Africa: Somalia and Seychelles Appeal No. 28/2004


This report covers the period of 1 May through 31 October 2007, but reports cumulative totals from December 2004 onwards.

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 brief

Executive Summary: In Eastern Africa, the countries most affected by the tsunami were Somalia and the Seychelles. The tsunami hit Somalia with no warning approximately seven hours after the devastating earthquake struck Asia.

In Somalia, partnerships with operational organizations (such as UN agencies, and local and international NGOs) during the emergency phase were essential in the coordination of relief aid. In addition to provision of health care services, in which Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has long-standing experience in Somalia, capacity building of the national society to prepare and respond to disasters was emphasized in the post-emergency phase. This included conducting vulnerability and capacity assessments (VCAs) in selected branches, training staff and volunteers in disaster management, and revitalizing the community-based first aid (CBFA) project. Formation of disaster response teams is planned to take place in 2008 at national level as well as at other selected branches. Acute diarrhoea was reported in all the zones (with two cases confirmed as cholera in Galkayo) and the Federation supported SRCS branches and volunteers in their response. Tsunami programme implementation has been affected by insecurity and political unrest in the programme area.

American Red Cross contributed an additional USD 1,280,395 (CHF 1,556,960) covering a three-year period up to 19 March 2010 for the programmes in Somalia.

At the time of the tsunami, the Seychelles Red Cross Society (SRCS) was a small but active community-based organization which was primarily governance-driven. The national society responded quickly despite its limited capacity at the time. Early assessments were carried out and through local donations, relief distributions began within a few days of the disaster.

The SRCS staff and volunteers worked effectively with partners to facilitate emergency relief activities for affected communities. The national society benefited greatly from this exposure and is now challenged with these increased expectations from the community and the government. The national society, which is now an active participant of the national disaster preparedness committee has helped in the drafting of the national disaster plan which is currently awaiting government approval.

The national society's headquarters in Seychelles was damaged in the tsunami, and has since been operating from rented properties. The government has pledged a portion of land for the use of the national society to build office premises. With the help of the Federation, the Hong Kong branch of the China Red Cross Society and the French Red Cross, the SRCS has begun work on a new headquarters building and warehouse on the main island of Mahé. The warehouse will house emergency stock which will be available for deployment in Seychelles as well as within the wider Indian Ocean Islands (IOI) region.

In Seychelles, the increased responsibility of the national society vis-a-vis the government and the public, means that the SRCS has had to re-address its operating method. Through the Federation's appeal, the SRCS was able to recruit additional technical staff and volunteers, facilitating the increased level of national society activities in the country. The SRCS is aware that it must be receptive to the ongoing restructuring of its operating framework. The Federation's Asia-Pacific zone office is committed to helping the SRCS in its restructuring and capacity building efforts.

For further information specifically related to the tsunami operation, please contact:


Somali Red Crescent Society: Dr Ahmed Mohammed Hassan, president, email:; phone: +254 20 2713368.
Ed Cooper, head of Federation Somalia delegation, email:; phone: +254 20 2835132, fax: +254 20 2718415.
Dr. Asha Mohammed, head of Federation Eastern Africa zone, Nairobi; email:; telephone +; fax +


Seychelles Red Cross Society: Jeanine Grandcourt (secretary-general) email:; phone: +248 324 646
Susanna Cunningham, head of Federation Indian Ocean Islands sub-zonal office; email:; phone: +230 454 7532

Federation secretariat in Geneva:

Jerry Talbot, special representative for the tsunami operation; email:; phone: +41.22.730.4231,
Priya Nair, grants officer (tsunami unit), email:; phone: +41 22 730 4295
Matthew Cochrane, media and public relations officer; email:; phone: +41 22 730 4426; mobile: +41 79 308 9804
Oscar Vispo, tsunami operations web communications officer; email:; phone: +41 22 730 4570

Asia Pacific Zone in Kuala Lumpur- phone +60 3 21 61 0892; fax: +60 3 2161 1210

Chee Keong Chew, acting head of zone PMER unit, ext 300; email:
Umadevi Selvarajah, head of zone finance unit, ext 140; email:
Karl O'Flaherty, tsunami finance coordinator, ext 613; email:
Igor Dmitryuk, head of regional logistics unit, ext 600; email: