Somalia

Somalia Appeal No. MAASO001 Report 2006-2007

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This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2006 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

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

Programme Summary: The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has significantly expanded its core integrated health care programme (IHCP) since the end of 2005. The National Society has opened a total of six new maternal and child health/out-patient department (MCH/OPD) clinics. An additional two clinics and two new mobile outreach units started operating in early 2007.

In 2006, SRCS clinic facilities - with support from the International Federation-conducted 242,716 clinical consultations. At the same time, eight clinics in Puntland embarked on outreach activities, where 18 villages were covered. Individual and group health education sessions at the clinic and in the community continued to promote health-seeking behaviour within the community.

This progressive scaling up of the National Society's health response is contributing towards the Global Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in remote areas of high vulnerability. At the same time, it is being coordinated with improvements in disaster management, volunteer management, community-based first aid (CBFA) and organizational development. At regional level, three vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) exercises were carried out by SRCS staff and volunteers. In the light of this integrated scaling up of activities and the strong financial support to SRCS programmes by partners in 2006, the 2007 appeal budget for Somalia was revised upwards from CHF 2,427,538 to CHF 4,645,280.

Goal: The main programmatic focus of SRCS has been its integrated health care programme which provides essential health care to many communities across all Somali territories. The services provided include promotive, preventive and curative health-care services to the vulnerable people with emphasis on mothers and children. The goal is to improve the quality of SRCS services in order to improve the health status of the Somali population through SRCS' network of 49 MCH/OPD clinics, its community-based activities and support to the Nugal General Hospital in Garowe.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 7,146,566 (USD 5,877,110 or EUR 4,411,460), out of which 73.5 per cent covered. Click here to go directly to the attached financial report.

For more detailed information on 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1 and 2:

Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAASO00101.pdf

Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAASO00102.pdf

No. of people we help: In 2006 a total of 242,716 people benefited from consultations at the MCH/OPD clinics. In addition, activities related to the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) recorded a total of 77,028 beneficiaries comprising 52,445 children and 24,493 mothers. A total of 17,213 patients attended the Nugal General Hospital and 162,900 people benefited from HIV awareness campaigns as shown in the table below:

Table 1: Number of beneficiaries for 2006 Service Children Males Females Total

Service
Children
Males
Females
Total
Consultations
59,663
45,529
137,594
242,716
EPI
52,445
-
24,493
77,028
Hospital attendance
-
-
-
17,213
HIV awareness campaign
-
-
-
162,900

Our Partners: Currently, Somali Red Crescent Society has 36 partners including the ministries of Health and AIDS commissions in Somaliland, Puntland and south/central Somalia; the American, British, Finnish, German, Italian, Netherlands, Norwegian, Saudi and Swedish Red Cross societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Italian Cooperation and the International Olympic Committee.

For further information please contact:

Kenya (for Somalia): Dr. Ahmed M. Hassan, President, Somali Red Crescent Society in Nairobi; email: srcsnai@bishacas.org; Telephone: +254 20 271 37 84; Fax: +254 20 271 88 62

Kenya: Ed Cooper, Federation Head of Somalia Delegation in Nairobi; email: ed.cooper@ifrc.org; Telephone: +254 20 283 51 32; Fax: +254 20 272 90 70

Kenya: Per Jensnaes, Federation Head of Eastern Africa Regional Delegation in Nairobi; email: per.jensnaes@ifrc.org; Telephone: +254 20 283 51 24; Fax: +254 20 271 84 15

Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for East Africa, Africa Department.; email: amna.alahmar@ifrc.org; Telephone: +41 22 730 44 27; Fax: +41 22 733 03 95

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