Yemen

Yemen: Appeal no. MAAYE001, Report 2006-2007

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This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 31/12/2006 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary:

Supported by the Federation, the main achievements of the Yemen Red Crescent (Yemen RC) in 2006 included:

- The Society assisted more than 1,000 flood victims, providing non-food items and facilitating their rehabilitation in coordination with other relevant agencies;

- The renovation of the Society's clinics continued through most of the year to ensure better quality services, including the prevention of communicable diseases;

- The Yemen RC intensified the dissemination of the Fundamental Principles/Values as well as International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);

- A land mark achievement in 2006 was the development of the Society's strategy for 2007- 2011 focusing on scaling up services and capacities in line with the global agenda of the International Federation and through stronger operational alliances (OA).

Goal: Yemen RC services contribute to the mitigation of human suffering and reduction of vulnerability of its beneficiaries. The Society strives to build its capacities in the planning and management of disaster management, health and care, organizational development, and dissemination of the Fundamental Principles and Values of the Movement.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 programme budget is CHF 3,305,950 (USD 2,748,685 or EUR 2,019,050), out of which 33 per cent covered.

No. of people we help: In addition to the more than 1, 000 flood victims assisted, an estimated number of up to 30,000 to 35,000 beneficiaries benefited form the services of the Society's clinics operating in most of the branches The current effort to scale up community-based health services with stronger and wider OA is expected to increase substantially the number of beneficiaries, including those from the rural areas.

Our Partners: The Yemen RC and the International Federation worked with an increasing number of partners including the ICRC, Danish, French, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish Red Cross Societies, Department for International Development (DFID), Oxfam, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Civil Defence, Traffic Department, Higher Council for Mothers and Children, Yemeni Women Union, Sana'a University, Islamic Relief, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Current context

The operational context in 2006 was characterized by a number of factors including inflation which rose by up to 20 percent, worsening the economic situation. In addition, the 2nd presidential election, viewed as a milestone in Yemen's political history and democratization process, had an impact on the implementation of other priorities. The expatriate staff of the Federation had to be evacuated due to the security threat as a result of the mass protest against the drawings published by a Danish newspaper depicting the portrait of Prophet Mohammed. However, no major disruption was faced as calm was restored soon enough to ensure implementation of the planned activities.

For further information please contact:

Tenna Mengistu, Federation Representative in Yemen; email: tenna.mengistu@ifrc.org; Telephone: +967-1-480030; Fax: +967-1-481871

Evgeni Parfenov, Regional Officer, MENA Department, Federation Secretariat; email: evgeni.parfenov@ifrc.org; Telephone: + 41 22 730 4325; Fax: + 41 22 733 0395

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