Zambia

Zambia Appeal No. MAAZM001 Report 2006 - 2007

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This report covers the period of 01/01/2007 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme Summary: The 2006-2007 programmes were developed based on the National Society (NS) Strategic Development Plan, and aligned to the country's Fifth National Development Plan (FNDP) and the International Federation Global Agenda's Goals. Zambia Red Cross Society's (ZRCS) main activities included disaster preparedness and response, community-based health and care, HIV and AIDS prevention, home-based care (HBC), the promotion of Humanitarian Values and Fundamental Principles, and capacity development in the form of resource mobilisation, volunteer management, training in finance development and project management. ZRCS continued the refugee programme for Congolese refugees in the northern parts of the country. Voluntary repatriation started in May 2007 and will end in 2009.

Goal: To build and strengthen ZRCS capacity to enable scaling-up of health and care, disaster preparedness, response and risk reduction, promotion of Humanitarian Values and capacity development activities, through efficient coordination, cooperation and strategic partnerships at all levels.

Needs: Total 2006-2007 budget is CHF 8,149,163 (USD 6,211,252 or EUR 5,266,018) (out of which 99% covered).

No. of people we help: Approximately 210,000 people benefited directly or indirectly from ZRCS long-term programmes. Through the refugee programme a total of 21, Congolese refugees and 5,500 multinational urban refugees benefited from care and maintenance services provided by ZRCS.

Our Partners: ZRCS supported by the Federation Country Representation strengthened partnerships with government departments, bilaterally and multilaterally. Amongst the partners within government were the Ministry of Health (MoH) and in particular, the National Epidemics Preparedness and the Prevention and Control Management Committee (NEPPCMC. In the Ministry of Local Government, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) was the main partner. Within the United Nations (UN) System, worked closely with UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNICEF, and within the broader international organisations community, with IOM and the International Youths Foundation (IYF). In addition, ZRCS worked closely with other local humanitarian actors and collaborators namely, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community and faith-based organisations and the private sector. Throughout the reporting period, ZRCS actively participated in the National Disaster Management Consultative Forum (NDMCF) and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's (IASC).

Funding support to this appeal was received from the British and Swedish Red Cross, EU, PRM UNHCR and WFP. The American, Australian, Canadian, Japanese, Monaco, Netherlands and Spanish Red Cross Societies, Federation Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) supported emergency operations and long-term bilateral projects. Other funding donors were the Government of Zambia, DFID, USAID, ILO, PEPFAR, the Czech Republic and the Barclays Bank.

Current context

The period under review (2006 - 2007) was characterised by emergencies and in particular, floods and disease outbreaks. The floods which affected Kazungula, Solwezi and Mpulungu districts in March 2006 and in southern provinces in March 2007 had devastating effects on infrastructure, livestock and crops and displaced over 1.5 million people. Cholera broke out in the Northern and Lusaka provinces in the first quarter of 2006 and 4,000 cases and 55 deaths were recorded. Another outbreak was in November of the same year in Central province where 115 cases were reported. The government immediately launched an appeal for humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of the displaced families; it was on the basis of this government action that the International Federation of Red Cross allocated funding support from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the NS response operations.

The resurgence of outbreaks of measles in some parts of the country prompted the government to embark on a national immunisation campaign in 2007. On its part, the ZCRS with support from the Federation Country Representation actively participated in the campaigns during which it deployed over 50 volunteers for community social mobilisation activities to complement the work of technical officers from the Ministry of Health.

The voluntary repatriation of the Congolese refugees from Mporokoso is anticipated to end by 2009 and ZRCS has started working on its exit strategy. The NS will mainstream the former activities into long-term community-based development activities. However, care, support and maintenance services may continue for the residual refugees at Kala camp in Luapula province.

Contact information

For further information on this Appeal, contact:

In Zambia: Charles Mushitu, Secretary General, Zambia Red Cross Society, Lusaka; Email zrcs@zamnet.zm; Phone: Tel: +260.1.25.3661; Fax : +260.1.25.2219

In Zambia: Yawo Gameli Gavlo, Country Representative, Zambia Country Representation, Lusaka; Email yawogameli.gavlo@ifrc.org; Phone: Tel: +260.1.25.1365; +260.1.25.4074; Fax: + 260.1.25.22.99

In Operational Zone for Southern Africa: Françoise Le Goff, Head of Zone Office, Johannesburg; Email francoise.legoff@ifrc.org; Phone: Tel: +27.11.303.9700; +27.11.303.9711; Fax: +27.11.884.3809; +27.11.884.0230