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.
Through integration of emergency response and long-term development, Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has contributed to improving the health status of thousands of people through the following:
- Prevention and timely response to cholera outbreaks benefiting 42,000 people;
- Reducing vulnerability to HIV through prevention, fighting stigma and discrimination and through care, treatment and support for 5,450 people including 1,000 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC);
- Improving the quality of life of more than 90,500 people affected by disaster, including 21,200 rural and 5,500 urban refugees through disaster risk reduction (DRR) programming and response, according to SPHERE minimum standards; and
- Building planning, monitoring and reporting capacities of the Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS).
For more detailed information on 2006 activities, please see Programme Update 1 and 2.
Programme Update no. 1: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAAZM00101.pdf
Programme Update no. 2: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/annual06/MAAZM00102.pdf
Funding support was received from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP), the Federation Disaster Response Emergency Funds (DREF), the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and Swedish Red Cross, United States Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Movement (PRM), President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and European union (EU). Due to the appreciation of the local currency in the first half and 2006, operational plans and budgets were adjusted to keep expenditures within the limits of available funding.
Goal: The programmes aim at building and strengthening ZRCS capacity to scale-up ARCHI1 interventions including HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation (WatSan), community-based health care (CBHC), support to people living with HIV (PLHIV) and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and effective disaster preparedness. This is to be achieved through strengthening organizational capacity development and volunteer management, and by building efficient coordination, cooperation and strategic partnerships at all levels.
Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget CHF 8,365,335 (USD 6,879,387 or EUR 5,163,787), out of which 30.6 per cent covered. In response to disasters, four DREF applications were approved i.e. MDRZM001 CHF 50,000 for cholera issued in January, MDRZM002 CHF 60,000 for floods in Kazungula issued in March, MDRZM003 CHF 57,213 for another cholera outbreak in November and MDRZM004 CHF 54,000 for floods in Solwezi and Mpulungu in December 2006/January 2007. Through the International Federation Regional Delegation in Harare, ZRCS also benefited from the OVC programme funded by Royal Netherlands Red Cross and Swedish Red Cross. Zambia was among seven countries in the region implementing the emergency food security operation (O5EA023), which was closed in September 2006. ZRCS, supported by the International Federation Country Delegation, conducts local resource mobilization and, in 2006, significant funding from local donors and private companies were received. To cover the appeal funding gap in 2007, ZRCS needs CHF 2,875,310.
No. of people we help: ZRCS assisted 259,000 people directly from its programmes supported through the International Federation Regional and Country delegations. More than 400,000 people will benefit from activities planned for 2007.
Our Partners: ZRCS worked in collaboration and coordination with the national Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), the National Epidemics Preparedness, Prevention and Control Management Committee (NEPPCMC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF). ZRCS and the International Federation Country Delegation are active members of the National Disaster Management Consultative Forum (NDMCF), and the Delegation participated in most of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's (IASC) activities. Substantial financial support was received from the American, British, Finnish, Netherlands and Swedish Red Cross Societies.
For further information please contact:
Zambia: Charles Mushitu, Secretary General, Zambia Red Cross Society in Lusaka; email: email@example.com; telephone: +260 1 25 36 61; fax: +260 1 25 22 19
Zambia: Yawo Gameli Gavlo, Acting Head of Zambia Delegation in Lusaka; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: +260 1 25 13 65; +260 1 25 40 74; fax: +260 1 25 22 99
Zimbabwe: Françoise Le Goff, Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation in Harare; email email@example.com; telephone: +263 4 70 61 55, +263 4 72 03 15; fax: +263 4 70 7 84
Geneva: John Roche, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Department; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: +41 22 730 44 00, fax: +41 22 733 03 95
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