Tajikistan

Tajikistan: Annual Appeal No. 01.83/2004 Annual Report

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Appeal No. 01.83/2004; Period covered: January - December 2004

Appeal target: CHF 4,627,098 (USD 4,033,235 or EUR 2,999,455)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals:

Tajikistan Annual Appeal 2004. For details, please see the website

Tajikistan Annual Appeal 2004 - Programme Update no.1. For details, please see the website

Tajikistan Annual Appeal 2004 - Programme Update no.2. For details, please see the website

Central Asia Regional Programmes Annual Appeal 2004. For details, please see the website at http://www.ifrc.org/cgi/pdf_appeals.pl?annual04/018404.pdf

Programme analysis: Tajikistan remains blighted by problems. Despite its recent slight economic recovery Tajikistan still has the lowest per capita income among the former Soviet republics. The general income of the population is below 10 USD per month and the official unemployment rate is 46.7%. About 86% of the population cannot meet its basic needs. Pensions are low, minimum about 2.37 USD per month. Tajikistan is continuing to heavily rely on assistance provided by international organizations. The country in the short term cannot solve the problems in the field of health, education, food security and cannot provide access to clean water.

In 2004, through the Federation, the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan (RCST) appealed for CHF 4,627,098 to implement its planned activities and to provide assistance to vulnerable people in Tajikistan. The appeal was covered 93.4%. The high coverage was a result of extra in kind donation of second hand clothes and the DIPECHO project intervention. At the same time, the water and sanitation and organizational development programmes suffered a lack of funding. The RCST, with the Federation support, targeted the most vulnerable population of the country through the implementation of its three main programmes: health and care, disaster management and organizational development. For details and financial issues please refer to the respective sections.

In 2004, more than 66 disasters occurred in different parts of the country and RCST responded to them (for more info on disasters in 2004 and RCST response please see Annex 1). The most destructive disaster occurred in July 2004, as a result of torrential rainfalls that caused damages to water supply systems in all four districts of Dushanbe city. Almost 60% of the city population remained without access to drinking water, resulting in a serious threat of water-borne diseases. For details please refer to health and care section.

In line with the secretariat Central Asia Strategic Direction 2+2 the decentralization process within RCST continued in 2004. The scope of relief activities decreased and more attention was focused on capacity building of the national society. Programme implementation and management responsibility were successfully taken over by regional coordinators and staff at branch level and coordinated by respective departments in headquarters. In 2005, the RCST will continue the same policy directed to decentralization and building branch capacity as well as attracting motivated volunteers to implement the programmes and to disseminate messages to the population. The Federation will play a major coordination and facilitation role as bilateral support of the RCST grows. 97.6% of funds have been spent. The remainder will be utilised by April 2005. During 2004, over 2,000,000 people benefited from RCST/Federation initiatives.

For further information please contact:

- The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan, email: rcstj01@mail.ru, phone: +992 372 24 0374, fax: +992 372 2453 78

- Selva Sinnadura, Head of Delegation in Tajikistan, email: hod@ifrcdsb.org, phone: +992 372 244296, fax +992 372 248520

- Sylvie Chevalley, regional desk officer, Geneva secretariat, email: sylvie.chevalley@ifrc.org, phone +41 22 730 44 24, Fax 41 22 733 03 95

The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project. Please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

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