The second revision to the International Appeal seeks a total of CHF 8,492,669 to enable the IFRC to support the coordinated response of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) to deliver emergency assistance and longer-term support to 82,524 people (16,505 households) following Tropical Cyclone Pam (and other storms) for a period of 27 months (3-month extension). The overall budget includes CHF 247,506 for shelter cluster coordination across the region.
This revision represents a 1.6 million Swiss franc increase on the previous revised appeal budget. The budget increase is to support the recovery programming and longer term actions to be implemented by the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in Vanuatu for the remaining 18 months. The human resources were under- budgeted in the initial plan, therefore this revision also takes into account the number of operation staff and length of contract to ensure adequate support is provided for the implementation of the revised plan. This revision also incorporates appropriate provisions relating to performance and accountability in the operation. So far, partners have contributed over CHF 7.5 million in support, leaving a funding gap of CHF 968,663.
The reduction in target beneficiaries is based on the latest projection of the operational reach in Vanuatu and the removal of one of the target provinces in Vanuatu (Penama Province) as other stakeholders such as World Vision were covering the needs there and since a lack of coverage of West Tanna has been discovered during the shelter cluster meetings.
The operations in the five countries focus on the sectors of assessments and coordination, relief, shelter and settlements, water and sanitation and emergency health, with initial provisions for early recovery activities in shelter, livelihoods as well as National Society capacity building, restoring family links (RFL), community resilience, climate change and disaster preparedness initiatives. Multi-sectoral risk reduction measures will be integrated throughout the interventions making sure that all efforts are made to strengthen resilience of affected communities to be better prepared for, respond to and bounce back from any future disaster.
To date, the relief operations have been completed and the remaining of the appeal will focus on recovery and longer- term interventions.