Appeal No. 01.47/2002;
Appeal target: CHF 11,288,007;
Appeal coverage: 135%
Throughout 2002, the Federation's Delegation in Ankara continued its support of TRCS capacity building in organisational development, disaster preparedness and disaster response.
The International Federation also focused on preparations for establishing its Regional Delegation in Ankara to support and assist the National Societies and the Federation delegations in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey.
In Turkey, earthquakes account for approximately 97% of all human and economic losses; the population is therefore under constant threat of day-to-day seismic activities. In February 2002, Turkey was hit by a major earthquake in the Afyon province, 250 km south-west of Ankara. The earthquake resulted in 46 deaths and approximately 300 injured. 1,000 homes were destroyed with up to 10,000 more affected to some degree. The Federation assisted the Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) in their response to the victims' needs through Emergency Appeal 5/2002. Relief items were used to respond to the immediate needs and replenish stocks for future disasters. TRCS and the Federation focussed heavily on the Afyon earthquake for six months, thereby diverting attention away from other planned activities. Subsequently, some objectives in the Annual Appeal were not met during the first half of the year.
The Federation programmes in Turkey were generally implemented according to plan. However, the earthquake in Afyon and preparations related to a possible Iraq crisis, engaged the TRCS considerably, consequently delaying some activities.
The TRCS Strategic Planning process was a significant step forward for the Society. The governance and senior management fully engaged in the process of deciding the six strategic areas and all headquarters departments and some branches were active in developing the log-frames for implementation. While the Strategic Plan itself was not yet approved by the TRCS Executive Board, it is clear that the log-frames are being used to plan the future direction of individual TRCS directorates, departments and a small number of branches.
Relations between the Federation and TRCS continue to be good and we are pleased to note that the Society have taken considerable steps towards becoming a 'well functioning and prepared National Society'.
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