This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010
Programme purpose: The 2010-2011 support programme aims to strengthen the Viet Nam Red Cross Society`s (VNRC) role as the leading humanitarian organization in Viet Nam.
Overall, the programme progressed in activities around community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR), community-based health and first aid (CBHFA), humanitarian pandemic preparedness (H2P) and dengue fever mitigation planned for this year where total funding was secured. The organizational development objectives were partially met through support from the emergency appeal (MDRVN006). The separate objectives under the principles and values programme were dropped and mainstreamed into the other programmes.
Under the CBDRR programme supported by Japanese Red Cross Society, main activities including the plantation of mangroves and capacity building in disaster preparedness were continued as planned for 2010 - the last year of its five-year programme. In addition to the number of beneficiaries, the project targeted (see specific number below), this programme has, to date, had a positive effect on communities and the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) itself. Planted mangroves act as a buffer, protecting coastal communities from storm surges. Also, the benefit of the mangrove forest grown with Red Cross support has been acknowledged by local governments and communities where it has been planted. In many places, the phrase “Red Cross mangrove forest” is now often used among communities. Some Red Cross provincial chapters such as Ninh Binh have received support under the state budget to plan for mangrove plantation in their provinces in 2011.
IFRC will provide technical support to VNRC to design a new long-term CBDRR programme which seeks more support for Viet Nam’s efforts in disaster preparedness, using lessons learnt from the impact evaluation of the current programme which will be carried out in 2011.
Interventions under community-based first aid (CBFA) with support of New Zealand Red Cross; dengue fever mitigation funded by the Rockefeller Foundation; and H2P by USAID contributed to increase health and education, contributing to saving lives in communities. The health and care programme benefits not only direct beneficiaries but also VNRC in the longer term. VNRC achievements in the H2P project enabled the Ha Nam Red Cross chapter to be appointed by the provincial people’s committee as coordinator of the H2P follow-up project financed by other organizations, which is significant, considering that pandemic or health issues are often a task of the health sector. In addition, disaster management trainers of the Quang Tri Red Cross chapter, who have high profiles in disaster management, are now equipped with expertise in pandemic situations, serving as buffers to roll-out training when funding is available.