This report covers the period 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.
The first half of 2011 saw major disaster events occurring in several countries including Australia,
Bangladesh, China, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu. Many societies across the zone continue to maintain a high level of programming in several new disaster response operations and continued comprehensive post-disaster recovery activities, while others have started reviewing their development activities in line with IFRC’s newly adopted Strategy 2020.
Collectively the work of the Asia Pacific national societies, assists millions of people each year. While the most visible part of this work is the numerous and extensive disaster response related activities under emergency appeals, equally important are the countless longer-term risk reduction, public health, and humanitarian programmes that are implemented on an ongoing basis by national society volunteers and staff working at community level across the entire zone.
To support national societies in this endeavour, the Asia Pacific zone team continues to promote and facilitate the development of strong Asia Pacific national societies with quality disaster response/recovery and development programmes addressing priority humanitarian needs in their countries.