Zimbabwe Appeal No. MAAZW001 Programme Update No. 1


This report covers the period 01 January 2009 to 30 June 2009

In brief

Programme purpose:

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society's (ZRCS) programmes are responsive to the humanitarian challenges in country, thus seek to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable people through contributing to the decline in deaths, injuries and impact from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies. At institutional level, the aim is to enable effectiveness and efficiency in programme implementation in order to meet the planned goals in humanitarian action.

Programmes summary:

Programming is centred on community-based HIV and AIDS (CBHA) programme, water and sanitation (WatSan), disaster preparedness and response, food security and livelihoods programmes. The CBHA programme is long-term (2006 to 2010) and is part of the regional programme (MAA63003). Another long-term programme is WatSan, designed to ensure adequate provision of safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene. The WatSan programme gets consisted support from the African, Caribbean and Pacific/European Commission (ACP/EC) WatSan initiative (2006 to 2009), targeting 100,000 people in the Mount Darwin district of Mashonaland Central Province.

In order to mitigate impact of the prevailing food insecurity, ZRCS, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is running a food security operation (MDRZW003) whose target beneficiaries are the current home-based care (HBC) clients and orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and their households. Through the same operation, agricultural production and livelihoods activities including the distribution of seeds, rehabilitation of water points and relevant trainings constitute the recovery component.

In response to a high magnitude cholera outbreak with a recorded 100,000 cases and over 5,000 deaths, ZRCS launched an emergency appeal for cholera (MDRZW004), on 23 December 2008, targeting 1.5 million people in ten provinces for a period of six months. ZRCS/IFRC with the support of emergency response units (ERUs), provided emergency assistance to over a million people throughout the country, consisting of non-food relief, health and care, water supply and sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion. In April 2009, after winding down relief activities, the focus shifted to medium and long-term activities on recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction within the affected communities.

A total of 2,000 volunteers form a strong foundation for service delivery at community level under all the programmes. As such, volunteer management and branch development received greater attention alongside institutional capacity development, financial management and resource mobilisation, with technical support of the IFRC seconded organisational development delegate.

Financial situation:

The budget for 2009 is CHF 2,834,136, of which 69 percent has been covered. The majority of funds have been earmarked for health and care and organisational development (OD), thus the National Society has excelled in branch development and volunteer mobilisation initiatives. Donors under this plan thus far include the Danish, Finnish and Swedish Red Cross Societies, as well as the European Commission and ECHO.

See also emergency appeals launched during the reporting period:

MDRZW003: An Emergency Appeal for CHF 12,204,474 to support the ZRCS to assist 198,360 beneficiaries with food security for 13 months (September 2008 - September 2009) in 23 districts in Zimbabwe's eight provinces.

MDRZW004: An Emergency Appeal for CH 10,170,233 to support the ZRCS to assist 1.5 million beneficiaries affected cholera.

No. of people we help:

- Food aid to 198,360 beneficiaries and livelihoods activities reached 20,186 households in 25 CBHA project sites.

- Safe water and sanitation facilities provided to over 30,000 people (6,000 households), also reached with health education and hygiene promotion activities under the ACP/EU WatSan programme in Mount Darwin.

- During the cholera operation, 175,000 people received non-food relief items, 55,500 people had access clean water on daily basis, over 250,000 people directly reached with hygiene promotion activities, whilst information, education and communication (IEC) activities reached over 700,000 people.

Our partners:

ZRCS long-term programmes were implemented with support from the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoHCW), United Nations agencies (WFP, UNICEF, WHO), ECHO, EC (EU), communitybased organisations, and Partner National Societies (PNS) - Belgian, British, Danish, Finnish, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish Red Cross Societies. The IFRC Country Representation office and the ICRC Regional Delegation in Harare provided coordination and technical programme support, while communities throughout the country partnered with ZRCS in the implementation of interventions, thus fostering sustainability and ownership of programmes. The Movement Coordination Meeting (MCM) was held on a monthly basis to facilitate support to the National Society and harmonisation of activities.