The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has operated continuously throughout the country's period of civil strife and is credited as being the largest indigenous humanitarian organisation with representation and services across Somalia.
SRCS programmes are aligned towards the Federation's Global Agenda goals and performance management and accountability framework. In line with Global Agenda, Goal 2, during the planning period 2009-2010, the National Society will, where possible, integrate all health-related activities into its interventions, including family health, female genital cutting, and HIV and AIDS. The SRCS health programme operates in all territories across Somalia, including remote areas with wide vulnerability indicators. This programme also works in the direction of building synergies with the Society's disaster management, organisational development, and humanitarian values programmes. The health programme serves an estimated 600.000 beneficiaries through 51 maternal and child health/outpatient department (MCH/OPD) clinics and four mobile clinics.
The disaster management programme will focus on the following outcomes: increased SRCS capacity to organise effective and efficient disaster response; improved SRCS capacities (structural and human) to respond effectively to and recover from common disasters/emergencies (including drought, floods, cyclones, and tsunami) and; vulnerability of communities in disaster-prone areas reduced through timely information, capacity building and livelihood resilience to disaster risks.
The health and care programme will aim at achieving these outcomes: improved access to quality and gender-sensitive health services to women, children, men and young people; improved nutritional status of women and children; improved access to immunisation of children and women; improved community involvement in prevention of water and sanitation related diseases; community engagement in public health emergencies; improved communities' basic first aid skills in target population in simple context; reduced vulnerability to HIV through community mobilisation, outreach activities and advocacy; reduced HIV infections among SRCS target population; strengthened capacity of staff and volunteers expanded HIV/STI treatment, care and support.
The organisational development programme will focus on the following outcomes: Strengthened governance participation and monitoring capacity; Increased branch capacity to deliver integrated services, and expanded support to the branches by the zone offices; streamlined reporting procedures responding to Somali standards and partner requirements; a closer co-operative mechanism and a longer-term secure external support structure; and analysing SRCS contributions, cost recovery, and longer-term institutional cost coverage
The Principles and Values programme will focus on these outcomes: increased awareness of the RCRC Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian Values is promoted among the target communities; stigma and discrimination towards all vulnerable groups are reduced; produced and distributed IEC materials with stigma and discrimination reduction messages. In 2009, SRCS and the Federation will explore the possibility of taking the current co-operation mechanism between SRCS and its Movement partners, one step further. The SRCS will examine the formation of an Operational Alliance in conjunction with the development of its strategic documents for 2010-2015.
The total 2009-2010 budget is CHF 8,635,224 (USD 7,893,258 or EUR 5,500,143)