Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan MAAUZ001 Annual Report 2010

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This report covers the period 01/January/2010 to 31/December/2010

In brief

Programme outcome: The National Society programmes are aligned with the strategic aims of the Strategy 2020 to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; and promote social inclusion and culture of non-violence and peace.
The capacity-building efforts are in line with the enabling action one to build strong National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Programmes summary:

The Uzbekistan Red Crescent gained access to its foreign currency bank account in August 2010.
The same month the National Society de facto re-launched its activities and programmes after 1.5 years of semi-dormant status, and initiated selected activities under the disaster management, health and care and principles and values programmes along with countrywide induction courses.
During the same month, the Uzbekistan Red Crescent held its General Assembly, and elected a new chairperson, governing board and finance commission. The new chairperson received extensive knowledge on the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement role and the role of the National Society as being auxiliary to the government during the Movement Induction Course.

The National Society’s capacities to progress with the plan were limited because of problems with access to external funding for the most of the year. The Red Crescent endeavoured to retain its disaster management structure and the capacities to respond to emergencies through training and exercises in close cooperation with state agencies in the field. The available staff in the headquarters and branches took also part of the regional capacity-building initiatives. Improving capacities of communities was limited to raising awareness of schoolchildren and students about disaster risks and first aid in 7 out of 15 regions of the country.

In June following the refugee influx from Kyrgyzstan the Uzbekistan Red Crescent engaged in the provision of relief assistance to the affected people. The International Federation deployed a field assessment and coordination team (FACT), issued an emergency appeal, allocated CHF 300,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) and arranged for the delivery of emergency non- food items to Uzbekistan to support the relief operation. When refugees returned home, part of the delivered goods were relocated to the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan, while the rest were used to replenish the Uzbekistan National Society’s preparedness stocks.

In 2010 the National Society discontinued the HIV prevention programme. Under the tuberculosis (TB) prevention programme refresher-trainings were arranged for 40 programme staff and volunteers in Karakalpakstan and Navoi region.

Two information and education centres for migrants started to function in September 2010 providing legal consultancy including human trafficking risks, tracing services, psychological support, training on TB and sexually transmitted infections prevention and first aid.