Yemen is recurrently affected by disasters and epidemics including civil strives, earthquakes, floods, and tropical/semi-tropical diseases. Yemen is also the poorest county in the Middle East with wide ranging and deep-rooted vulnerabilities.
In view of the multi-dimensional nature of the humanitarian and social development challenges, the Yemen Red Crescent Society (Yemen RC) core services, including disaster management and health and care, will contribute to the development of safer and resilient communities working with a focus on improving the lives of the most vulnerable people. The programmatic focus will increasingly shift towards local level disaster risk reduction (DRR) and development of community based health and first aid (CBHFA).
The combined focus on DRR and CBHFA will be based on a holistic National Society development approach including gender mainstreaming and intensified capacity building (ICB) with increasing local level structures and capacities. To ensure sustainable results, the Yemen RC will increase and consolidate its local level outreach that can ensure relevant capacity building and participation of community volunteers including females. Integrated operationalization of the Fundamental Principles and Values also forms part of the broad-based approach to influence positive behaviour and reduce stigma and discrimination with increasing respect for human dignity.
The implementation of the revised statutes and the recommendations of the management review conducted by an external consultant in 2008 are expected to enable the Yemen RC to perform as a strong National Society with improving accountability anchored in continuing organizational development and change. Improvement of financial sustainability is also a key priority to enhance the prospect of the self reliance of the National Society.
Specific programme targets include:
- Communities at risk and victims of localized disasters including flash floods and land slides (Global Agenda Goal 1 - Disaster Management).
- Communities with little or no access to basic health services including mothers and children (Global Agenda Goal II - Health and Care).
- Yemen RC leaders, managers, volunteers and staff as well as community organizations/civil societies (Global Agenda Goal III - Organisational Development/Capacity Building).
- Dissemination of Principles and Values (Global Agenda Goal IV). This programme is principally implemented in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Some basic aspects of dissemination are also implemented as integral components of most of the activities supported by the International Federation.
The total 2010-2011 budget is CHF 2,081,5624 (USD 2,017,450 or EUR 1,369,667).