This report covers the period 1st January to 30 June 2011
Programme outcome: In line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Strategy 2020, the expected outcome of the 2011 support programmes is that communities are resilient to disasters and public health emergencies, with protected livelihood and strengthened capacity to recover from disasters and crises, with health and safe living, social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
A major focus area for the Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) during this period was the Zambezi River Basin Initiative (ZRBI) that was launched last year, and is being implemented in an integrated manner. Staff and volunteers were recruited under ZRBI and target communities in Sesheke and Kazungula districts were mobilized and sensitized about the project. About 50 households in these two districts were also mobilized under ZRCS’ food security initiative, to undergo training in conservation farming. Further, ZRCS volunteers in the two districts were trained on community-based health and first aid. Geographical coverage of ZRCS’ HIV and AIDS programme (2011-2014), which has so far been implemented in Lusaka district, has also been expanded to include Sesheke and Kazungula, thereby integrating with ZRBI at an implementation level.
Besides this, some of the other focus areas for the National Society during this period were voluntary non-remunerated blood donation (including expansion of the Club 25 initiative); institutional disaster preparedness (through the development of a contingency plan on the anticipated socio-political unrest prior to and during the 2011 general elections in Zambia); ZRCS branch and youth development (including election and induction of new branch executive committee members); as well as intensifying ZRCS’ local resource mobilization initiatives.