Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Appeal No.05AA017 Programme Update No. 1

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In Brief

Period covered: January to June 2005;

Appeal coverage: 7.4%;

Outstanding needs: CHF 9,333,930 (USD 7,252,470 or EUR 5,981,372).

Appeal target: CHF 10,076,727 (USD 8,003,800 or EUR 6,490,600).

This programme update revises the appeal budget from CHF 10,076,727 to CHF 10,187,076. Adjusted appeal coverage: 7.29%; Adjusted outstanding needs: CHF 9,444,280 (USD 7,338,215 or EUR 6,052,085).

Programme summary

The biggest humanitarian challenge facing Zimbabwe is the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the socio-economic effects associated with it. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society1 programme continues to have a profound impact on HIV-affected households and persons living with HIV /AIDS (PLWHA) as food assistance and complying with medication has improved the quality of life of home-based care (HBC) clients. Early childhood development has also been secured for orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), who received psychological and educational support alongside food assistance. However, the running costs of such a comprehensive programme - encompassing care, support and food aid- are high, given the current economic state of Zimbabwe.

With the need for clean water and sanitation within a reasonable distance essential for households with chronically ill people, water and sanitation (WatSan) intervention had a positive impact on HIV/AIDS-affected households. Accordingly, the national society's WatSan programme has expanded in coverage and monetary value to keep pace with continuously growing needs. The communities now appreciate the national society's assistance and participate fully in programme planning and implementation.

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society also focused on disaster preparedness by conducting vulnerability capacity assessments (VCA) and community-based early warning systems during the reporting period. It put an action team on standby during the March parliamentary elections which turned out to be relatively peaceful. The 'cleanup/ restore order' operation started by the government of Zimbabwe on 18 May 2005 has severely disrupted livelihoods of the very poor, the chronically sick, and the child-headed households as structures were demolished in the midst of the winter season without provision of alternative shelter. It has been established that approximately 45% of HBC clients cannot be traced, following their displacement by the 'clean up' campaign. The Federation launched an emergency appeal on 26 July on behalf of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Zimbabwe: Emma Kundishora, Secretary General, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, Harare; Email: zrcs@ecoweb.co.zw; Phone: +263.4.77.54.16; Fax: +263.4.75.17.39.

In Zimbabwe: Françoise Le Goff, Federation Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation, Harare; Email: ifrczw02@ifrc.org; Phone: +263.4.70.61 55, +263.4.70.61.56; Fax: +263.4.70.87.84.

In Geneva: Terry Carney, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Dept.; Email: terry.carney@ifrc.org; Phone: +41.22.730.42.98, Fax: +41.22.733.03.97.

This Programme Update reflects activities to be implemented over a one-year period. This forms part of, and is based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents). All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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